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Emerson Rhudy
Fellow, UR Downtown and Community Relationships

Emerson Rhudy joined the CCE and UR Downtown teams as a Fellow in August of 2017. In her role, she supports UR Downtown programming and coordinates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. Most recently, she worked at the North Carolina School of Science and Math where she taught Financial Literacy and provided a variety of support for residential students. Emerson is passionate about engaged scholarship, economic justice, and public humanities.

Q&A with Emerson Rhudy

What is your favorite/most meaningful book or film?

Possibly Mary Oliver’s Dream Work. But I can’t help but mention three books that have held a lot of meaning for me over the past year: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon, and Alchemy of Race and Rights: Diary of a Law Professor by Patricia J. Williams.

Where are you originally from?

Raleigh, N.C.

What is your favorite place or thing to do in Richmond?

I’m new in town, but so far I love watching the sunset over the river and running the Buttermilk Trail in my neighborhood.

What does civic engagement mean to you?

To me, civic engagement is actively practicing the responsibility to root our lives in a commitment to collective resistance against oppressive power structures.

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
American Studies
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(804) 955-4017