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Steven Kwon - Chair

Why GUP?

GUP wrestles with difficult questions/realities about the city which shows me how much Jesus walked alongside these realities and chose to minister there. Jesus chose to be aware of his surroundings which I believe GUP seeks to do.  

Words to live by:

Cheesecakes...

Craziest thing I've ever done:

I've chewed gum...that was stuck under the table. Who know how ling it had been there.

I want to...before I die:

I want to own a coffee shop called "Cupcakes with Caffeine" before I die.

It bothers me when...:

I get really itchy before I go to bed.

Bethany Thomas - Administrator

Why GUP?

I believe GUP is a tremendous opportunity for students to deepen their commitment to pursuing the international, radical love of God in urban contexts. As we have been called to love God and others, we as the body of Christ must seek God's Kingdom in loving those in cities who are not on our campus. 

Words to live by:

"See the wood and not only the trees." - JW Welch

"I will heal you of your faithlessness, my love for you will know no bounds." (Paraphrase of Hosea 14:4)

Craziest thing I've ever done:

Went an entire day without coffee

I want to...before I die:

Become a Twitter celebrity. :)

It bothers me when...:

We shout before we listen. People don't laugh at my jokes...

Iliana Rivera - Placement/Travel Coordinator

Why GUP?

I've lived in an urban setting all of my life, and lived through many urban issues, but I have never sought to learn about it academically until recently. Being able to put words to my experiences has really given life back to me and a sense of empowerment. I want to help others feel the same, along with bringing awareness to people.

Words to live by:

"The Lord is my helper. I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" - Hebrews 13:6

Craziest thing I've ever done:

is talking to you. Just kidding...maybe. 

I want to...before I die:

Finish learning Spanish and Russian, along with Japanese and Korean. Languages give me life and are so beautiful!

It bothers me when:

People give their word, yet break it. At least tell me why or that you just can't. Silence is stupid.

Isabelle Case - Orientation Coordinator

Why GUP?

I have a heart for justice and fighting for/with people who haven't been give a voice, especially in an American context and as a black woman. GUP provided me the tools and a springboard into talking about issues surrounding poverty and injustice in an urban setting.

Words to live by:

"Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with the Lord your God."   - Micah 6:8

Craziest thing I've ever done:

Led the song "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" at a BLM - sponsored protest in Denver.

I want to...before I die:

Learn as much as possible about people different than me, as well as people similar to me.

It bothers me when...

People, both the "oppressed" and the "oppressors" are not given a voice or a space to converse.

People have "boxes" (societal expectations/pressures) imposed on them.

People sing the wrong words to songs. Low key high key.

 

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