#MemberMondays – Spotlight on Brian Geiger

Posted: August 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Brian Geiger is a proud resident of Englewood, a place where not only he was raised but his mother and grandmother too. For as long as he could remember, the Englewood community was home. Sadly, his mother lost their house during the Great Recession of 2008 while he was in his freshman year at Harper High School. She then sent him to leave with a relative in Dolton, Illinois, but his longing to be in Englewood led him to visit often. It was one of the moments in his life that propelled his loyalty to the community that he is still active in to this day.

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Brian initially had a difficult time transitioning from Harper to Thornridge High School, which had a much more rigorous curriculum. Fortunately, the Upward Bound program, which helps inner city students prepare for college, provided support as he adjusted to the new school.  He graduated from Thornridge in 2012 ranking in the top of his class and as a member of the National Honor Society. He was elected to sit on the Student Board of Education and went on to received the Jefferson Award – National Award of Public Service.

13240050_1034652256617674_1196742335943337237_nBrian’s academic success in high school earned him the Illinois General Assembly Award which granted free tuition to any state school. He made the decision to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, but eventually transferred to the University of Illinois at Chicago because it was more affordable. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from UIC in 2016 as a double major of political science and criminology. He also received several other awards such as The Ron Brown – Most Outstanding Graduating Senior in Political Science Award, Chancellor’s Student Services Award , UIC CHANCE Student of the Month Award, and the UIC Black History Makers recognition.  Brian’s excellence earned him the opportunity to be a commencement speaker for his graduating class.

With his desire to be a lawyer since he was 10 years old, Brian admits that he is most inspired by the careers of prominent lawyers Johnnie Cochran and Roy Black. During his Sophomore year of college, Brian had the opportunity to intern with the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights for three years and was a legal assistant for the University of Illinois Student Legal Services. Brian believes that “a lawyer’s mind is very powerful.”

20525517_10211844828893023_3798219437837301226_nThe UIC graduate has been a RAGE member since April 2017. Although he knew about RAGE for several years, he could never find the time in between studies to volunteer.  Brian is also a member of all five Englewood Quality of Life task forces, but admits to being most involved with the Public Safety Task Force. He enjoys coming out to the task force’s Rock The Beat – peace on the block events to play checkers with event attendees and children. 

Brian is still a proud Englewood resident and works as a program coordinator for Neighborscapes. Though he was offered many positions to work with major law firms after college, Brian turned them down to work with Neighborscapes because “they were focused on community development and civic engagement in Englewood.” He is currently preparing to take the LSAT in September with an ultimate career goal of being a civil rights attorney and building his own law practice in Englewood.

Brian Geiger, your many achievements and undeniable devotion to service do not go unnoticed.  RAGE on!

Written By: Michelle Rashad | Edited By: Shanel Adams

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