Carrie Hutnick

Carrie Hutnick

Graduate Student


George Mason University and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Volunteering at a homeless shelter in high school
Pursued a community-based learning program and undergraduate major in Public and Community Service Studies focused on community building for social change
Working for four years with middle school boys, many connected to the correctional system as a tutor, a research assistant, a grant writer, and a volunteer coordinator/educator
Taking a year to help with family members in need
Working in Baltimore with clients to access social services, many who were coming out of the correctional system
Completing a master's in higher education with a focus in service-learning, working with a court-mandated "nurturing father's program" and teaching service-learning to undergraduates
Working for a service-learning program in Philadelphia and becoming involved in a prison education program that offers college courses to university students and incarcerated students taken together
Pursuing a doctorate with a dissertation on shared learning spaces between people incarcerated and university students and learning that occurs together in collaborative movements for social change
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Paul VI High Shool
Bachelor
Public and Community Service Studies
Providence College
Graduate
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Doctorate
Sociology
George Mason University

Career

Graduate Student

Working on my dissertation, teaching social justice, and doing educational and organizing work with incarcerated people

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Non-Profit Organizations
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

I work on my dissertation and community organizing. I spend time working on applications for grants and funding opportunities for the community or academic work I do. I take time to email or communicate with others on shared projects or community efforts. I grade papers or work on syllabi for future courses, and I spend a significant amount of time reading materials for my dissertation and community organizing work.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

As an Americorps member working in Baltimore with people navigating social services, I learned about the daily emotional and logistical energy needed to access services and live at or below the poverty line, as well as the power of conversation and community building for collective advocacy. As a member of a think tank of incarcerated and non-incarcerated academics, I have learned the power of sharing critical perspectives about inequality from different vantage points within society.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Working in community-based change requires relationships with others who have similar values. Look for those folks in multiple settings from people working in non-profits, people receiving the services of non-profits, academics, activists, students, media, etc. The more community you build and relationships you have with people from different spaces, the "bigger" work you will be able to do and the more informed it will be. Authentic networks also help you move more organically between jobs.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
A field relevant to the impact you would like to make

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"The social change you work for is too idealistic, or those you want to include in dialogue will never be changed, they are beyond learning or redemption. Others aren't worth engaging because they are ignorant or incapable of doing the work themselves. "