Wants to Change a City?
Immanuel Mitchell-Sodipe '18
Immanuel Mitchell-Sodipe believes he can change the world someday, and he wants to start in his hometown. He grew up in a housing project near the northside of Chicago, which was set to be torn down in 2006. “That was a policy decision,” he says. “It was a decision to displace thousands of African-American Chicagoans, and it made me realize that policy is not just numbers and data. It’s real families and real lives.” Though it took him until his junior year to really find himself on campus, Mitchell-Sodipe embraced the global experiences early on. He traveled to South Africa on an immersion trip, where he learned the power of the people in a community. He studied abroad in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, where he learned to act locally and think globally, while also becoming fluent in Spanish. Now he wants to go back to Chicago, where he has already begun working with political and labor organizations, and change political life in that city. “A lot of the struggles I saw when I was abroad are similar to the struggles we have back home. And the way we’re going to really affect change isn’t always protesting. I think it’s primarily about changing policies.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.