At Pursue Scholars, what it means to “Pursue Unity” is to holistically invest in the leaders of tomorrow that will unify us!
We believe that the scholars we have the privilege to serve and support are critical to binding the wounds of division that have been so aggravated by recent events in our city and in our nation.
To symbolize this, on September 26th -- Solomon Dixon, The Act Six Coordinator at Pursue Scholars, will undertake a symbolic walk across the entire city of Chicago in order to raise funds for these scholars. He will travers the entire 24 miles of the historic Western avenue, beginning at 119th st on the South Side and ending at Howard St on the North Side! This walk symbolizes that though we are diverse and often segregated, that we are One Chicago and that there is greatness and beauty no matter where you find your feet.
“Pursue Unity is a physical endeavour with the goal of promoting oneness and healing in light of COVID-19, social unrest, and the pervading divisions that persist in our city and in our world. Our hope with the Pursue Unity project is to raise funds to provide critical mental health and leadership resources to the scholars we serve. ”
“ Unifying Chicago looks like getting to the point where you are able to share your beliefs with others and remain in positive conversation. It is being able to understand one another, listen to one another, and put yourself in your neighbor's shoes… We also need to love each other at all times. When we are able to do that we will be able to build from that and create stronger relationships with our neighbors and greater community. ”Senior @ Taylor University
“ To me what unifying chicago looks like … is love by really getting to know your neighbor. At the end of the day you want communities across Chicago to really be strong communities where people know their neighbors and care for one another. Everything else will come naturally and organically. ”Junior @ Taylor University
“ Pursue has helped me in many ways that I didn’t see for myself. Pursue gave me hope. Hope to make a change in my community by showing me other alumni’s who’ve come from the same community I come from. Pursue gave me a family. A family of other scholars who encourage me to stand up with my voice in and out of college especially at a PWI. All these and more that Pursue have made me stronger to make a change in Englewood and Taylor. I have learned a real understanding of Leadership through what I have been offered from other leaders from home. Deep conversations, Joy in your own culture, Not only educating but learning, and more. When you have people on your side like this program, You tend to want to be like them for others around you- family, peers, mentors, mentees and even neighbors. So thanks to Pursue for encouraging me to use my voice at Taylor University. That’s what leaders do. ”Senior @ Taylor University
“ Pursue has supported me in way more ways than just financially. Having a group of like minded students at Pursue has helped me build a network of people who will likely be doing big things in the future. Pursue, more than anything, has helped me develop in areas of communication because pursue as a whole is so diverse. It’s really preparing you for the next step after graduation. ”Senior @ Multenoma University