Dikshant Malla spent the Summer of 2016 interning at the Impact Hub Baltimore through the Hopkins Community Impact Internship Program. Before he left, he wrote a reflection of his internship:
August 17, 2016 –
“As a longtime resident of Baltimore, I am passionate about the social impact that produces equity within our city. However, being passionate about social issues is a double-edged sword because while you become cognizant of the intersections of injustice in urban spaces like Baltimore, it becomes extremely difficult to narrow the area of injustice you want to devote your time, energy and ultimately your life to. Working at Impact Hub has helped me resolve some of the conflicts I have been having about life after college, or more accurately what I want to do with my life.
With its focus on incubating social impact in Baltimore, Impact Hub has provided me with the opportunity to connect with a diverse group of organizations and individuals who are all working to produce meaningful change in Baltimore. Working alongside 10+ organizations and 140+ members has made me realize that narrowing the “area” of social injustice is not always necessary to create meaningful change and that by focusing on all components that produce inequality is a perfectly viable method of channeling one’s passion for creating positive change. Working at Impact Hub has also changed my view of the work non-profits do.
Usually, when we attempt to describe the work of a nonprofit, we always point out the flashy, “sexy” work people do with programming or youth mentoring yet we always tend to omit the work of individuals developing systems that make sure the sexy, visible work can be done effectively. Working with Pres on tracking performance metrics made me gain a new appreciation for data, and see how important data is to support the work of a non-profit. For a long time, I thought the only way to create meaningful change was either to work within the grassroots or doing the sexy, visible work through non-profits, but after spending a month with Pres, Michelle, Jermaine, and Lindsey, I can confidently say that working within the intersection is what I want to do with my life.”