John Moore is a student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs studying anthropology and joins the Quad Innovation Partnership on our City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County Social Services Access team.
I may be the most nontraditional student currently involved with the Quad. At 56 years old I decided to return to school to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. Why anthropology? I’m fascinated by people and the things that people do… my primary interest is archaeology which can combine history, psychology and many other disciplines.
I grew up in the Pikes Peak Region — born at Memorial Hospital and lived in Manitou Springs as a child, completing my schooling there. My work experience has been varied. I have worked in retail and wholesale bookselling, electronic assembly at SCI, Apple, and Atmel. I was also employed for a time in Information Technology. I provided desktop support, server management, and web programming. Most recently I worked for Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer coordinator and in logistics at the ReStore.
I first joined the Quad Innovation Partnership in the Spring of 2018. My team worked on a project that addressed access to social services and explored what barriers our community faced. This past summer, I returned to the Quad and worked project that addressed policies for permanent supportive housing in Colorado Springs. In the current semester, Fall 2018, I am again working on the social services access team in its third and final phase.
The Quad has provided me with great experiences involving teamwork and real-world fieldwork. I have been able to apply academic practices from my anthropology coursework to real-world problems. The Quad provides me the opportunity to work on issues with tremendous community impact.