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November 2, 2016
MKC welcomes Lasallian Volunteer -- Diana Lockett
October 24, 2016
Diana Lockett of Memphis, Tennessee, recently joined the staff of the MKC
“If you hear my voice clap once; if you hear my voice clap twice . . .” Diana’s smiling eyes and hearty laughter soften the drill sergeant’s cadence she uses to expertly calm 30 rambunctious second and third graders before their Fun with Instruments class begins. Then she is off to check on the progress of tae kwon do students, take teen attendance, or help keep an eye on the dance instructor’s two-year old daughter. Or she might be teaching a drama class to middle school students or making popcorn for high school kids. Perhaps you’ll find her rearranging a room for a special event.
In barely two months, Diana Lockett has made herself an indispensable part of the MKC knowing how to jump right in to the controlled chaos that characterizes the hours of 3:30 – 6:00 at the Maria Kaupas Center.
Diana joined the MKC staff in August as our second Lasallian Volunteer (LV), replacing Sheena Mullen who returned to her native New York. The Lasallian Volunteers program of the De La Salle Christian Brothers provides dedicated, well-trained volunteers for one or more years of service to schools and organizations whose Mission is to serve the poor. Acting out of faith, rooted in the Gospel, and sharing community with the Brothers and other Lasallians, the Volunteers empower the poor by personalized service primarily through education. In addition to her commitment to Gospel values, Diana brings a warm smile, an infectious laugh, and a passion for helping people.
Diana earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2016 from Christian Brothers University. She also has nine years’ experience volunteering and working at Creative Life, a community youth development organization and ministry focused on reaching inner city youth in Memphis.
Something of a homebody, Diana has seldom left her land-locked native Tennessee, so seeing Lake Michigan for the first time was a real treat! And while her traveling has been limited, she has been to Chicago before. She and a couple of college friends made a whirlwind trip by Greyhound bus (11 hours each way!) to the big city to see EXO, a K-Pop band from South Korea. Not realizing just how cold Chicago can be in February, Diana and her friends were not fully prepared for the frigid winds that came howling off the lake. But they didn’t let a little chill interfere with sight-seeing and concert-going.
Diana is close to her brother and grandmother, with whom she lives in Memphis, so the thought of living far from home and family was quite daunting. Still, Diana is excited to spread her wings and live in Chicago for a year. She appreciates the area’s diversity and enjoys traveling to different neighborhoods in the city to explore new cultures, noting, “I always knew that there was more out there in the world than the area I was raised in.” A post on her FB page added shortly before she started her year of service sums up her reasoning for leaving the old and the comfortable and venturing into the new and unfamiliar: “A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.”
Diana Lockett, a young woman huge of heart and unlimited in potential, chose to begin the adventure of a lifetime at the MKC, and we are delighted to help her grow some amazing memories.