Jacqueline (Jackie) Laurell is a rising junior at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a major in Special Education and a minor in Urban Studies with a focus on Urban Education. As a John M. Perkins leadership fellow at Calvin College, she is passionate about racial reconciliation and community development. Having grown up in Toledo, Ohio, Jackie has a strong love for Rust Belt cities. Jackie has previously interned with a healthcare advocacy company in Detroit, participated in a service-learning trip in Pittsburg, and has interned in a Kindergarten classroom in an urban school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jackie envisions being part of a movement to help create communities that thrive through education, art, and community based relationships. She dreams of living in the beautiful city of Detroit and learning alongside her future students about what it means to be active and proud members of their community.