Interview with Kathy Izard. Mrs. Izard was enjoying a comfortable existence when she came face to face with the reality that while her dedicated service at the community soup kitchen might be feeding her soul, it would never solve the bigger needs of the homeless population. Confronting the question of where are the beds? Kathy realized that she had been called to take on what seemed like an insurmountable task – to build housing for Charlotte’s homeless. Woven together with this uplifting story of a call to social action is Kathy’s personal struggle with faith, forgiveness, and fulfillment. In telling her story, Kathy invites you to consider rewriting your own. What’s calling you? And as crazy at it seems, it may be crazier not to try.
Interview with Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Díaz. Dr. Rodriguez-Díaz spent the spring 2018 semester as the Researcher in Residence and Visiting Philanthropy Faculty Scholar for the Clinton School’s Center on Community Philanthropy. Rodríguez-Díaz is currently an associate professor in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Previously, he worked as a public health scientist and an associate professor at the School of Public Health at the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. He will share findings from research conducted during his residency that explore the role of race in emerging response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.