Blazing the International Trail for Social Justice

This year’s Lamplight Society award winners, Jared ’07 and Chloe Bass ’06, have shaped their careers for helping others around Eastern University’s missional values of Faith, Reason, and Justice. They are active in their community, integral leaders in their church, parents to two sons, Josiah and Caleb, and are passionate about the love they share for Eastern and each other — they even got engaged on campus!

The Lamplight Society honors those who have left a legacy of light on the Eastern University community. The award honors individuals who are part of our alumni, faculty, staff, or administration for the contributions they made during their time at Eastern.

Jared is guided by his commitment to public service, leading the education team at the Center for American Progress. “Since leaving Eastern, I’ve had the opportunity to exercise Faith, Reason, and Justice in City Hall, state government, and the halls of the United States Congress,” he shares. Jared also currently serves on Eastern’s Board of Trustees.

He believes that government can be a force for good, if it is stewarded well, and he works each and every day to influence social change and policies in these institutions. “I am so excited that I get to influence social change and produce policies that help make a difference in people’s lives.”

Chloe is a Senior Technical Advisor for Women’s Economic Empowerment at World Vision, an organization that works in around 100 countries in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, addressing the root causes of poverty and injustice. “My semester abroad in Israel, Egypt, and Jordan sparked my passion for international development and opened my eyes to women’s circumstances globally, beyond the walls of Eastern, and my own community.”

Chloe’s efforts have transformed communities by empowering women around the world through greater access to resources and opportunities that will help them bring income, safety, and security to their households. “It is rewarding to play a small part in helping make people’s lives a little better.”

Jared and Chloe’s work yields profound progress toward a more just world for everyone and demonstrates Eastern’s values and mission on a global scale. Both honorees cite Eastern’s values and emphasis on loving God with your heart and mind as a launchpad for the success they have had in their careers, the impact they have been able to make on the world, and the values they cherish in their lives on a personal level.