Krystle Bedrick is a dynamic student leader who is active in addressing issues of affordable public transportation and access to education. As Vice-President of the College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, Krystle serves as Chair of the PTK Project Committee. She serves on an advisory board for the Worcester Regional Transit Authority in efforts to reduce fare rates for college students. Krystle is working with the College’s Community Bridges Director to assist the under-served populations in the city with GED attainment, college readiness and raising awareness of what the College has to offer. Krystle is highly motivated in her advocacy of change in special education policies and is quite aware that systemic change takes long-term commitment. PTK runs the “Live and Learn Greenhouse” on campus to provide food to our food pantry. Krystle recognized the importance of funding to the success of the greenhouse project and worked with the College’s grant writers to submit an application to the Walmart Community Grants department.
Krystle has proven herself a true leader amongst her peers and has earned the respect of faculty staff and students. She is a focused, driven, enthusiastic, and successful student – maintaining a 3.89 GPA.
I began my fight against systemic oppression by focusing on transportation. I have relied on public transit most of my life as a person that has lived in deep poverty. It was not until I began academic research into human connection and incarcerated individuals that my activism really took off. I was made aware that most people that visit loved ones in jail or prison are low-income and lack private transportation options. I came to understand that the struggles of poverty make maintaining positive human connections much more difficult. I have advocated for my local public transit system to add a shuttle service to provide transportation to citizens that are visiting their loved ones in the local county jail. I have also joined the Committee for Fare Free Transit and work with community leaders and legislators. The Free Fare Committee has been working towards making public transit completely free for all riders, including disabled riders. This radical change will be able to elevate the quality of life for all 37 communities that the transit system services.