In sum, the 2018-2019 academic year was a great one for the college. COSSPP’s 150+ faculty, 60+ staff, 4,700+ students, and almost 40,000 graduates remain committed to our mission of Engaging Today’s World, Producing Tomorrow’s Leaders.
My experience in the Caux Scholars programs truly enriched my educational experience as an undergrad and has given me a plethora of new perspectives and ideas to share with my classmates. I was privileged to have been in such a unique and encouraging environment in Switzerland which allowed me to attain new levels of personal growth. Through this program I developed life long friendships with people all over the world and professional connections with many individuals in the conflict resolution field. This was a truly valuable and life changing experience.
One of the most satisfying parts of the assignment was that I challenged the students to write both a government and a defense memo that were so balanced in their arguments that I could not tell which side they personally favored. Virtually all of the students succeeded in doing so.
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.
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.
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.
Disciplines in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy promote critical thinking, analytical methods, and empirical skills as the path to understanding the key political, social, and economic issues that dominate our public discussions.
This brings me around to describing the two major thrusts of what I consider the college’s commitment to Diversity – People and Ideas. A college with a diverse population that holds a shared worldview is a failure. Similarly, a college with a diversity of ideas, but little demographic diversity is also a failure. Society is complex, messy, and contested; a lack of diversity of people or ideas will leave our students unprepared for the real world.