I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity Social Science Scholars afforded me, and the chance to work with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission this past summer. I was given opportunities to do work that I truly loved, and was given public recognition for it. I found a new passion—Malaysian religious freedom—and am on the cusp of being a major player in the international religious freedom industry.
If the CRA isn’t supposed to pick winners and losers, its decline of Proof’s funding request was the right decision. For the sake of consistency, the CRA should stop giving grants to any business for any purpose. Instead, it should focus on investments that provide widespread benefits. And if it can’t do that, then perhaps it’s not needed at all.
For many Tallahassee citizens, the current plan seems well-intentioned but vague. Putting proverbial “meat on the bones” on the current sketch would go a long way toward assuring that the Children’s Services Council is not just another way to raises taxes to fund more inefficient and ineffective government programs.
I was in Brazil for just over two months, and spent most of the time visiting different quilombos in the region. Whenever Dr. Rocha was not sending me out into the field, I was shut away in her home library for hours on end, reading and unlearning much of what I had thought about race in Brazil prior. Apart from my mini-ethnography, there were many takeaways from my time in Brazil, and I must offer my sincerest thanks to Social Science Scholars and my supervisors, who guided me along the way.
Proof provides a great product and it has been a good member of the Tallahassee community, but that doesn’t mean it deserves special treatment. Tallahassee should resist the urge to give Proof, or any other business, taxpayer money.
In jettisoning a free market, the Trump administration is showing little restraint in adopting the same tactics used by political progressives to pursue his own priorities, which are becoming more partisan and less principled with each passing month.
In sum, the college’s “quiet summer” is anything but that. Education, Research, Policy Analysis, and Professional Development all continue. Sure, fewer people are around on a daily basis, the student activity is somewhat reduced on campus, and parking gets a little easier, but we continue to be busy, active, productive and impactful. We remain committed year-round to our mission of Engaging Today’s World, Producing Tomorrow’s Leaders.
My Social Science Scholars Project involved working with and learning from two international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) based in Cambodia and Nepal. This project stemmed from my desire to learn more about development work and locally-based grassroots initiatives. In Cambodia, I worked with the organization Children with Hope for Development (CHD), based in rural Takeo. I …
This past summer was a wonderful experience that helped me to develop as a researcher, artist, and leader. I gained a new, holistic perspective on the ways that individuals can initiate change and met many new and exciting individuals that I maintain contact with to this day. More than anything else, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to face such an interesting and new challenge. I look forward to continuing the work I have done so far and seeing everything come to fruition.
EMHS Director David Merrick and Program Coordinator Laura Hart recently returned from Kilauea Volcano Lower East Rift Zone in Hawaii County, Hawaii. Through NSF funding and in partnership with Texas A&M University and private citizens, they were part of a five-person volunteer team from the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) to supplement existing …