If you have ever had time connect with Clara Kent, you'll know that her heart exudes faith and learning in very tangible ways. Her whole persona resonates with the Gospel message of caring for the "least of these" as described in Matthew 25. Invariably, her passion is to stand up for the marginalized peoples in society. Moreover, she is a dedicated young lady who has been working to inform and unite her community. Outside the department, she works with the Solidarity Cabinet to prompt our community to be in continual dialogue about what our response should be to racial preconceptions, misunderstandings, and injustices in our society.
As an Anthropology major with a Sociology minor, Clara serves as the SESA (Students Engaging in Sociology & Anthropology) coordinator. In this vital role, Clara is engaging these disciplines to inform and educate her worldview. She has been learning about different cultures and understanding societal issues to determine where she can influence change. Clara is not content to only learn what can be done, but is pursuing how she can engage in issues to make a difference in this world. Under the tutelage of Dr. Brian Howell, she has been awarded the Humanity in Action (HIA) fellowship.
HIA is "an international organization that connects a global network for students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity, and active citizenship - in their own communities and around the world."
HIA provides their fellows with ongoing dialogue and experiential opportunities that tie history and the future together. Additionally, they provide tools which allow their fellows to engage with current injustices and discrimination. During Spring Semester 2013, Clara Kent has been selected for this year's Humanity in Action Fellowship in Warsaw, Poland from June 1st to June 30th.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is excited about her prestigious award. We congratulate her on this superb achievement and are proud to have her as a part of our student body.