Joel Berdie

Hometown: Golden, Colorado
College: Tufts University

Since 2016, I have worked as a case manager for Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

Originally from Golden, Colorado, I graduated from Tufts University in 2015. I was involved in a wide array of activities across academics, arts and athletics. I was a Dean’s List student as a psychology major and a communications and media studies minor. I played varsity and club lacrosse, was a DJ on the campus radio station, choreographed and danced in multiple student dance groups, taught English as a second language and was a two-time trip leader of the Tufts Wilderness Orientation program. While in college, I studied abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, and conducted an ethnographic research project about youth sports participation and healthy living in Chile. Before working for Colorado Coalition, I lived in Galicia, Spain, working as an English teacher and volunteering in my community’s Red Cross organization with the homeless population. In Denver, I enjoy mountain biking, backpacking and skiing as well as finding live music and good food with family and friends.

In 2015, I led Alaska Service; in 2016, I led Field Studies Patagonia; and in 2019, I led Field Studies Tanzania. During all three trips, I loved witnessing how students surprised themselves by gradually growing more autonomous. When our groups were challenged, we all exceeded our mental and physical expectations. A high from this summer was when we started our game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater and were greeted by a spectacular sunrise with the clouds hanging just below the rising sun, making for an incredible start to our surreal day seeing all the animals.