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  • "What Makes a Life Significant?" Exceptional Students Doing Exceptional Things - Joel Cruz
    here at DU because I have discovered that I want to teach and mentor high school students in order to enrich our Universities with more ethnic minority students 7 How are academic and social justice experiences integrated into the Community First I would say that my academic and social justice experiences have integrated into both the University of Denver Community and various other communities in Denver At the University of Denver one of the most important things I m working on now is my job as an RA Through this job I practice inclusivity with all of our residents which then easily incudes the entire DU community So right now this is my greatest outlet to helping social justice issues on campus Then with the Denver communities when I was able to choose my service project for the LLC last year I chose to work with KIPP Denver Collegiate High School in collaboration with my fraternity and now it is being continued This program has given me the opportunity to work with students in education that are minorities and from low income families Then from working with the students so much I grew a passion for it and now it has affected my academic decision to apply for the the 4 1 education program here at DU 8 What motivates you to become involved in social justice activities Some students may be unsure about what paths they want to take and the kinds of lives they want to lead I would have to say that having to go through my own fair share of injustices and seen very close friends being victims of injustice has given me the drive to continue with social justice activities One of my biggest passions is in education and that opens doors to opportunity to help social justice issues in that specific area so that also keeps me motivated 9 How has your interest in service influenced who you are as a human being as well as your worldview I think my passion for what I do has taught me some of the best things I could ask for Every service or event I have gone to has taught me something new which has changed me as a human being because it s different from learning in the classroom The human interaction can make such a difference and those small relationships and interactions have opened my eyes to new things that happen with in my community and with the world Retention of Youth and Latino conference 10 Describe what you might want to be doing in ten years or even the rest of your life in terms of your work projects and activities In ten years I would have liked to obtain my PHD in education and I want to continue work with our education system Along the way I would like to use my film making skills to provide students with outlets to express themselves From personal experience filmmaking and being able to express

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  • "What Makes a Life Significant?" Exceptional Students Doing Exceptional Things - Morgan Abbott
    a law degree after graduation so I returned to Kenya to perform a two month internship in legal and social work in the New Life Homes In addition to field work such as rescuing babies taking babies to court and tracking down necessary documents for each of the children I assisted with writing personality descriptions for each of the children in the Homes These personality descriptions consist of a child s legal medical and developmental history in addition to information about the child s personality The descriptions are used by the New Life Homes and adoption agencies to match children with adoptive parents and are a vital part of each child s adoption file Compiling these reports mimicked exactly what I did regularly as a college student when writing a research paper compiling information into a concise clear and correct format But they gave each child the opportunity to become a part of a loving family I also learned that these files were kept in a paper format only thus it made communication between the homes difficult and the files risked becoming lost After returning from Kenya I founded Carolina for Amani in August of 2009 In addition to fundraising initiatives Carolina for Amani organized a summer internship program to bring twelve university students to Kenya During our two months in Kenya we completed updated personality descriptions for each of the over 150 children living in the New Life Homes compiling their information and thus rendering each child eligible for adoption In addition we began transferring each of the files for the approximately 1 300 children that have lived in the New Life Homes into an electronic format by scanning their paperwork into an online database This allowed for easier communication between the six New Life Homes spread across four different cities in Kenya In addition it preserved the histories of each of the children for them to have as they grow older and desire to learn about their heritage and the first few years of their lives After a successful first summer a team of twelve returned in the summer of 2011 to finish the electronic database of files and also complete updated descriptions and portfolios for each of the children 4 How do your majors in public policy and religious studies inform your service and vice versa As I entered college I selected each of my majors based upon my interests and subjects about which I wanted to study for the next four years So my majors are simply academic subjects about which I am fascinated My public policy major has given me a framework for how a lot of the legal and political processes work both in the United States and abroad specifically through the focus of my Honors Thesis This context has equipped me to better understand the legal environment in which I work I am also a Minor in Entrepreneurship a unique program at UNC This program was vital to the foundation of Carolina for

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  • "What Makes a Life Significant?" Exceptional Students Doing Exceptional Things - Sam Bird
    forced me to critically evaluate my role as an outsider in development projects and my hope is that the marketing project will strike the proper balance between my role as a facilitator and the farmers and traders roles as leaders in the project Sam Bird left with fellow ISU student Sagar Chawla representing the International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in May 2010 3 Some students may be unsure about what paths they want to take and the kinds of lives they want to lead How has your interest in this field influenced who you are as a human being as well as your worldview Studying international development and knowing that I will eventually have a career in that field gives me comfort with the direction I am headed I believe it is a worthy cause to devote myself and I believe I can make a meaningful difference in reducing poverty There are certainly a lot of meaningful fields of study and career paths international development is not the only worthy cause by any means Whichever path a student chooses it is vital that they find a field they are passionate about and through which they can have a positive impact on the world 4 Describe what you might want to be doing in ten years or even the rest of your life in terms of your work projects and activities My career goal is to work in agricultural marketing in less developed countries Seventy five percent of the world s poor live in rural areas and rely on agriculture for food and income so I think that poverty reduction programs have to address the challenges faced by smallholder farmers and their families Agricultural marketing is one way out of poverty for these farmers but the obstacles to successful market are many such as lack of storage facilities road infrastructure price information etc I am particularly interested in the role of institutional arrangements such as farmer cooperatives in agricultural marketing and rural development 5 What sorts of ways have you experienced and or seen other students pursue meaningful goals What strikes me when I meet students on interesting career paths to serve the greater good is not only their approach to addressing societal problems which is interesting but the genuine passion they have for their work Setting goals for a career path or a life s work is not something to be taken lightly and it s important for individuals first to find their passion and then to pursue meaningful goals in line with their interests 6 What are you most passionate about in your life I really enjoy working with other people Most days I find my schedule filled with meetings with professors and other students which keeps me busy but also drives me to continue working hard on projects coursework and in student organizations Collaborating with others is a great way to draw on creativity from a

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  • "What Makes a Life Significant?" Exceptional Students Doing Exceptional Things - Leah Nussbaum
    have begun to branch out and met people of many different religions in my dorm and in my classes I ve been here almost two semesters and already have a true appreciation of the diversity of people around campus of all ethnicities In my first few months I easily made friends in my dorm and learned that my friend Becky is Episcopalian my roommate Jodi is also Jewish and there s a group from my floor that goes to church together on Sundays As I became more involved in the Interfaith Student Council at Syracuse I built stronger friendships with them and new people from all religions in my group and around campus I want to learn even more about my friends cultures religions and values and share about my own religious values and beliefs as I have throughout high school and my first two semesters I want to engage and encourage students from different backgrounds and religions to create strong friendships and learn about each other in an interfaith context 5 Do you think promoting diversity is an important part of a college s mission Why or why not Promoting diversity is very important We live in a diverse world where we need to work with others to get anything done and create peace 6 If you could change anything about your past interfaith experience what would it be I wish that I had been able to speak up about my beliefs from a younger age and had been more open to talking about Judaism I think that it took me a while to understand why it s so important to voice one s values but now I understand that we must have mutual voicing of values opinions and stories to create a safe and coexisting world and to really get to know other people and understand their stories and backgrounds 7 How do your many different types of campus activities influence and or enrich your academic life Disability studies as an academic field gives people information and a new way of seeing things In my life disability studies is like a lens It s already affected how I look and see the world and how it relates to disability Disability studies helps me grasp how society and disability relate to one another and see disability from a social perspective understanding how society and disability relate to one another I want to advocate for people with disabilities and learn and hear perspectives As an ally I can see the perspective of those without disabilities and can understand their feelings on disability if they have not been exposed to disability studies This exposure is also something recent in my life that has changed my view of the world I want to raise awareness about disability because awareness is important to the disability movement as a whole and important for people to see the way disability is portrayed in different aspects of society I m now vice president of the Disabilty

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  • "What Makes a Life Significant?" Exceptional Students Doing Exceptional Things - Katherine Dorner
    in Zambia this summer will be an intercultural immersion trip It is a trip that emphasizes accompaniment and will empower our Zambian friends with new knowledge and skills b What sorts of service activities will you be doing What are the goals that you will need to achieve The participants of this program will be performing community development activities including leadership training nursing healthcare basic computer skills and educational literacy projects I have specifically been assigned to conduct leadership seminars for many of the community leaders in and surrounding Zambezi The goals for our leadership seminar include finding where the needs of the community intersect with the talents of our students and implementing written project proposals to sustainably improve their community c Why do you think it will be worth the time and effort you will need to help make it successful I know that the opportunity to see the way another part of the world lives and to learn from the Zambian friendships we form will immeasurably override the hours we have put into developing our curriculum for the leadership seminars It is important to me to provide our students with the most resources they might be able to use so it is without a doubt worth all the effort Residence Hall Service Project 3 Please describe the service learning community in which you serve as an R A What do you like best about this responsibility and what are the most challenging aspects I am the R A of the Service and Leadership residence hall and it is the hall I also lived in last year Our community is intentional in what we do together and it has been a great experience being able to plan service events for my residents I think my favorite part about holding this position is being able to share my love for both service and leadership with forty other girls They are all socially aware and justice oriented so we have had an awesome year together I suppose my biggest challenge this year was balancing being an R A with my other involvement on campus 4 Some students may be unsure about what paths they want to take and the kinds of lives they want to lead How has your interest in service influenced who you are as a human being as well as your world view Much of my character has been influenced by the service I have had the opportunity of doing I leave more humble and grateful after doing any service However my view of service has definitely changed throughout the years In high school I remember being drawn to service because I just wanted to help people Yet in college I have come to deeply believe that justice must closely follow service I do not think it is enough to walk away from doing service with stories and that good feeling it has become essential to me to ask why injustices or issues in our world continue to

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  • "What Makes a Life Significant?" Exceptional Students Doing Exceptional Things - Rachel Tjornehoj
    our first event we weren t sure what to expect from other student groups community groups and from the students I was impressed with how helpful it was to partner with another student group the amount of support we had from university staff and from all of the students at the concert I think it was a great way to start off the year and prove to ourselves just how much of an impact we could have I also found the Speedfaithing event very interesting I was glad that because of our numbers I was able to participate instead of just asking the questions I found it really interesting what experiences and holidays other students chose to tell me about While I had helped write the questions for the activity it was also interesting to be pushed to consider my own answers During one of the sessions I was talking to another student and we finished our conversation early We started talking about questions we had about each other s religions Since I am Christian he asked me about the Trinity and how that worked to have the Father Son and Holy Spirit While it just makes sense to me since I have grown up understanding what the Trinity means it forced me to think about it more and clearly explain it to someone else 6 Do you think promoting diversity is an important part of a college s mission Why or why not One of the things I love about college is the diversity I love that I sit in class with students from different states backgrounds experiences religious and non religious traditions etc than my own College is also a time to learn and grow I think the combination of having great diversity on campus and the college s educational mission make it a great place to learn from each other share our backgrounds and experiences and promote dialogue between different groups 7 If you could change anything about your past interfaith experience what would it be So far this year we have focused on a lot of service activities I wish we had mixed the interfaith dialogue activities and service activities together a little better I m excited for the dialogue events we have left 8 How do your many different types of campus activities influence and or enrich your academic life My campus activities support my academic life in a few ways Some of my activities are ways for me to apply my skills and gain more experience in my major I am a graphic design and Spanish major so I work as a designer and editor for a magazine on campus and the communications intern for a Latino cultural center near campus With these activities I get to apply what I have learned in class but I also find myself in different situations than in class I have more people who I have to work with professionally and more people who will look at and

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  • "What Makes a Life Significant?" Exceptional Students Doing Exceptional Things - Ismail Pathan
    that it takes a type of skill to be an officer in a religious organization this skill being that you must make sure to try and keep the religion aspect and the organization aspect work separate What I mean by this is I have to keep my own religious views out of the topic because we have many people who practice their faith differently When leading an organization like the MSA you must be open to the way everyone practices and make sure that you fit all their needs For people who aspire to be in a similar position I would tell them to be careful because when you work with a religious organization you are always going to have critics A local faith community might find fault with the way we do things because things aren t done as they would be done in their home country Some people may also find it disrespectful when you don t fully listen to them because in their own countries simply being older earns that respect You need to be able to hold your own and be able to separate your duties as an officer from your duties as a student Maintain a good balance I would say 5 As both VP of the Muslim Students Association and the Social and Engagement chair for Learning about for Israel in the Middle East you work with both Muslim and Jewish students What insights have you learned about interfaith cooperation from your experience in both organizations Specifically on this campus the two groups of individuals work together perfectly I am friends with a lot of Jewish students through these organizations and they are always willing to co sponsor or simply do work with us I have learned that we both face the same problems and that we have more in common than we do differences Muslim students do many of the things that Jewish students do as Jewish students do Muslim They are both willing to work with each other they are just looking for that jumpstart that can get it going 6 Do you think promoting diversity is an important part of a college s mission Why or why not Yes absolutely The reason I came to Syracuse University over another university is because it promotes diversity and has people of all different religions and cultures The school prides itself on being accommodating to all these students For example until last year the University recognized Eid Al Fitr as a school wide holiday All students had it off The only other university to do this in America was Harvard Due to the timing that the holiday falls on it s no longer necessary to have it off 7 If you could change anything about your past interfaith experience what would it be Honestly nothing From high school in New York I have been introduced to a lot of Jews Christians and other faiths and this has given me great experiences that I can

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  • "What Makes a Life Significant?" Exceptional Students Doing Exceptional Things - Azhar Ali
    up an important part of college student life and indicate ways you might promote interfaith cooperation and dialogue on your campus as a student affairs leader professional I think the concept of an interfaith initiative is a more important part of college student life rather than the initiative itself The concept of working with others who may not look like you who might not believe in the same ideas that you believe in and who come from different realities than yourself is really the crux of interfaith work to me As a student affairs professional I might facilitate discussions and engage in conversations with my colleagues and students that might allow them to think critically about themselves and their peers 3 You stated that the Interfaith Student Council of which you are a member made progress in helping to change the culture of community service and interfaith work on your campus What sorts of changes have been made in these areas I believe we were effectively able to link community service and interfaith work together for events that are not typically associated with either For example when Syracuse University held its annual fall concert we were able to collaborate with the University s programming board to have a portion of the proceeds go toward famine relief in the Horn of Africa while also having a canned food drive to benefit local food pantries the week leading up to the concert Students don t think of a canned food drive or raising funds for famine relief when they first think of a major concert so we were able to facilitate a way where they enjoyed their concert but still made a major impact in the community and world by simply attending or donating a canned good We were also able to

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