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Brett Taylor

Musical theatre alumnus wins 30 Under 30 award from Windy City Times

Posted: 09/05/2012
Three years after graduating from Roosevelt University, musical theatre alumnus Brett Taylor (BFA, ’09) has become one of Chicago’s notable civic activists, winning a 30 Under 30 award for engagement from Windy City Times.

Taylor, 25, was recently recognized for his work with the Chicago Children’s Museum, where he has been special projects coordinator for the Office of the President since 2010. He began working at the museum in 2006 while he was a student at Roosevelt.
“When I got started working at the museum, I became interested in diversity issues and wanted to be a part of making social change,” said Taylor, who has led the museum’s All Families Matter Initiative, which seeks to integrate the LGBT community into museum life and events.
Today, Taylor also is active with the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, where he is vice chair of a committee for the United Way Young Leaders Society and he is a member of United Way’s external  Diversity Committee. He currently sits on the Education and Training Committee at the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and also is a member of the Young Leaders Board at the Center on Halsted.

“Roosevelt University’s focus on social justice fostered my desire to want to be involved and to make a difference,” said Taylor. “The University prepared me to be civically active and I wouldn’t change my Roosevelt experience for the world.”

Given annually, the 30 Under 30 Award is sponsored by Windy City Media Group, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago House and the Center on Halsted.