High School: East Grand Rapids High School
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Major: Political Science, Environmental Studies concentration
Activities: Service and Outreach Coordinator (through the Civic Engagement Office), Peer Career Adviser (through the Career Development Office), Student Resource Person for the Tri-College Summer Institute on Race, Class, and Gender, Lusty Cup Barista, member of the Sustainable Food Committee, Fall Semester Intern at the Philadelphia Women’s Law Project
Interests: Traveling, Cooking, Politics, Soccer, Social Justice
Internship: Bryn Mawr College 125th Anniversary Exhibit Research Internship, Bryn Mawr, PA
For my Hepburn Center Internship, I spent most of my time in the College archives researching notable Bryn Mawr women from the first 25 graduating years (1889-1914). I selected 25 graduates and compiled biographical information as well as images to create a visual presentation for each graduate. Next year (2010), my project will be incorporated into some sort of exhibit for the 125th anniversary celebration. I loved learning about these trail-blazing women of the 19th and 20th centuries. The women I chose represent a broad range of career and life paths; many were active in the suffrage movement, some in the birth control movement (notably Katharine Martha Houghton ‘00, the mother of Katharine Houghton Hepburn), and others gained ground for women in the sciences and other academic fields (like Hetty Goldman ‘03 in Archeology and Helen Tredway Graham ‘11 in Chemistry). I discovered that one of our graduates was the second woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize (Emily Greene Balch ’89), and another was the first woman to peak a mountain in Alaska (Dora Keen ’96). I really enjoyed this internship opportunity and definitely finished the project with a real sense of personal contribution to my college community.