Rose Richard’17 has the curiosity of the metaphorical cat. She is always interested in the inner workings of everything.
“I want to know so much,” says Rose.
Her quest for knowledge at Beloit, started by focusing on environmental studies and political science as a double-major, and she has now set her sights set on running for Beloit City Council. Rose faces off against five candidates on April 4 for one of the three open seats on the council. Rose’s activism and community involvement was heavily inspired by her parents, who often relayed stories from the Civil Rights movement during her childhood.
Once at Beloit, Rose became immersed in the city, volunteering for the Salvation Army, Meals on Wheels, and Caritas. Through this, she began to see the positive steps that Beloit community members were taking towards helping their city.
This was in sharp contrast with her hometown in Illinois. Her newfound home of Beloit has a wealth of resources in comparison.
“I found myself welcomed in a place that was doing good work,” says Rose. “I started to realize there is so much at the local level that’s important. Just as important as stuff at the national level, maybe even more so, since you’re living there and you have a continuing role in the results.”
After taking “Industrial History of Beloit” taught by Beatrice McKenzie and getting a nudge from Beloit alumna Sheila De Forest, she decided to run for City Council. A major part of her platform is developing a stronger plan for promotion and implementation of services throughout the city, but also connecting those resources together.
“We have the planning and the process, but we don’t necessarily have the implementation. It’s not just putting a plan into place and setting it, it’s evaluating as well,” she says.
In addition, Rose wants to inspire the youth, who aren’t often attending any of the community meetings she’s involved in.
“We have this movement, but then when you go to actual organizations in Beloit, (young people) aren’t there… it made me realize that you have to practice balancing social involvement with work. They should see an example of a person doing that and feel like ‘I can do that,’” she says.