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Amanda Ward '11

Human Rights Advocate. Political Activist. Global Perspective.

Majors: Political Science and International Social Justice
Minor: English

Individual Major

During my time abroad for the March of Remembrance and Hope, I became interested in human rights on an international level. That's when I decided to work with Prof. Michael Dobkowski to create an individual major in international social justice. It's been a great experience and I love getting to choose the classes for my individual major based on what is most interesting to me.

Travels Abroad

In the spring of my first year, I traveled to Germany and Poland for the March of Remembrance and Hope with a group from HWS. This summer I'm going to Egypt for three weeks to study the political economy of the Middle East. During the spring of my junior year, I will be spending the semester abroad in Copenhagen and taking classes for both of my majors.


On campus, I'm involved in a lot of political organizations. I'm the Bonner Leader for Political Activism, president of HWS Votes, co-president of Amnesty International and Student Activists for Darfur, treasurer of Rotaract, and on the executive board for Project NUR. I'm also involved with the Leadership program on campus and I started "Potty Politics" this year. I love being involved at HWS and all of the organizations relate to my majors so I'm able to take what I learn in class and apply it on campus.

Future Plans

In the future, I'm interested in doing not-for-profit work or working for a government agency. I'm particularly interested in the State Department for Foreign Relations. Even though I have two years left at HWS, I'm already looking into graduate schools and programs. Right now, I'm hoping to go either someplace in Washington, D.C. or the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.



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