Hi! My name is Bevy Daniel, and I’m an Organizing intern for JCUA this summer. I’m so excited by the way JCUA matches its Jewish values to its actions, and can’t wait to learn more about and contribute to the organizing team’s efforts.
I grew up in McLean, Virginia a few miles from DC and am currently going into my senior year at Northwestern double majoring in Social Policy and International Studies with a Civic Engagement Certificate. Though I’m from ‘outside DC’ and now ‘outside Chicago,’ I’ve always felt like a city person, making JCUA’s focus on urban social change of particular interest to me. On campus, I’m active in the theatre community as a writer-performer-director for my theatre troupe ‘TBD;’ serve as a fellow for Northwestern’s common read program; and work as a campus tour guide (so if you ever need a largely irrelevant fact about campus history or a bad joke about walking backwards, let me know).
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by politics and equal parts bewildered and enraged by the way our political system propagates inequalities. Through ranging my studies from a community to international level, I hope to learn more about the dynamics of power, the micro to macro ways that systems interact, and how we can thus reshape these institutions more fairly. How do our intentions as the land of the free tread so far from our realities of mass incarceration, discriminatory truths, unequal development?
While I’ve had the opportunity to intern at various levels of government, I’m so curious as to where creative nonprofits like JCUA fit into this equation. I believe being Jewish means knowing that no one is truly liberated until everyone is. The way that JCUA effectively harnesses this mobilization power is so deeply interesting and important; I’m looking forward to learning more about how JCUA capitalizes on this Jewish energy and the consequent way it operates between people and policy.