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Every liberal arts education contains similar components: courses in the major, courses outside the major, a study abroad experience, an internship, cocurricular activities, research and a senior project.

At Connecticut College, students intentionally weave these components together around a theme of their own choosing through one of 13 Integrative Pathways or four Centers for Interdisciplinary Scholarship. With this integrated approach, students connect their education to their interests and career goals.

Students are well-supported throughout the four-year experience. A team of advisers helps new students navigate the resources and opportunities available to them. Once students choose a Pathway or a Center, faculty and advisers help students identify an animating question or an area of interest that is meaningful to them.

The Pathway culminates in the fall of the senior year with an all-College symposium where students present the results of their integrative studies to the larger campus community. Center scholars complete a senior integrative project and present their results at the all-College symposium and at a year-end Center symposium.

This reinvention of the liberal arts, which we call Connections, ensures every student graduates prepared with the integrative thinking, problem-solving and leadership skills for a meaningful life and career.

 

Meet some of our Pathway and Center students: 

Headshot of Avery Gobbo ’20, Class of '20

Avery Gobbo ’20

Entrepreneurship Pathway


Avery, an economics major and mathematics minor, is passionate about the environment, personal health and nutrition. He joined the Entrepreneurship Pathway hoping to graduate with the skills to start and sustain his own business. Avery's varied interests inspired his animating question: Is there an opportunity in the active outdoors, healthy lifestyle industry to either innovate or invest in products and companies that strive to give back to the environment and/or foster sustainability in their practices? Avery spent last summer working at Kind Snacks, a health food company that prides itself on giving back to the community. The experience allowed him to see firsthand how companies can succeed economically while also having a positive social benefit. This summer, he is again working at Kind and has also joined on with Mill St. Brewery, a Canadian beer company that focuses on environmental and social sustainability. 

Headshot of Viangely (Vivi) Asencio ’20, Class of '20

Viangely (Vivi) Asencio ’20

Global Capitalism Pathway


Vivi, a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, says the Global Capitalism Pathway allows her to fully integrate her three majors—government, Italian studies and sociology—and apply what she has learned to issues in her communities. Her animating question is: How do subsidized housing programs perpetuate the culture of poverty? Vivi volunteered at the New London Homeless Hospitality Center and interned at the same facility to get a better understanding of how various systems work for and against those experiencing homelessness. She studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and is completing a comparative case study on the subsidized housing in the communities of New London, Connecticut, and Miami, Florida. This summer, she is a research fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she is conducting additional research about subsidized housing programs. 

Headshot of Cameron Segal ’20
, Class of '20

Cameron Segal ’20

Cities and Schools Pathway


Cameron, an American studies major who was inspired to pursue a teaching certificate by professor Lauren Anderson, joined the Cities and Schools Pathway because he hopes to teach at an independent school after graduation. He is also a hockey player who has, at times, been made to feel like he didn’t fit in with his teammates because of his olive complexion. After a black hockey player for the Washington Capitals was taunted by Chicago Blackhawk fans chanting “Basketball,” Cameron decided his animating question would be: Why is hockey considered a ‘white’ sport? After considerable research, Cameron developed a Learn to Skate Program to introduce Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School students who have recently immigrated to the United States to the sport of ice hockey. Cameron worked with the Dayton Arena rink manager, his club hockey team, the figure skating team, Bennie Dover teacher Rocio Tinoco ’17, the Connecticut College Education Department and Residential Education Fellows students to launch the program. This summer, he is a faculty intern at Loomis Chaffee's Summer Program where he is serving as a teacher assistant, coach and residential adviser for students in grades 7 through 12. 

Headshot of Hanna Bobrowicz '20, Class of '20

Hanna Bobrowicz '20

Peace and Conflict Pathway


Hanna is passionate about theater, social justice and history. The Peace and Conflict Pathway allowed her to combine all of her interests into her animating question: Do instances of performance initiate social change? This past spring, she studied the Irish and Scottish resistance movements at the University of Edinburgh, where she also joined a theater club. This summer, the history major and theater minor is serving as a communications intern for Pacific Atrocities Education, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of the atrocities that occurred in the Pacific Theater during World War II. "I work to integrate elements of performance into Instagram marketing," Hanna said of her internship. "This includes investigating current issues, connecting them to the past and creating content that can be posted on social media. We have gotten a lot of positive response, and this demonstrates that instances of performances, such as videos and visual content, can be an effective way to inform the public about important issues." In her senior year, Hanna plans to create a performance piece inspired by her honors thesis on social movements in Ireland.

Headshot of Olivia Domowitz ’19, Class of '19

Olivia Domowitz ’19

Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts


Olivia’s interest in the international community led her to study abroad in Morocco, where she learned about the country’s large migrant population. An international relations and French double major, Olivia was fascinated by the stories of Francophone-African migrants who were leaving their home countries for Europe by way of Morocco. After conducting significant research, she interned at the Fondation Orient-Occident in Rabat, Morocco, where she worked on a project with the International Organization for Migration to help migrants who were victims of abuse and trafficking. In one particular case, she was part of a team that helped an 18-year-old Nigerian woman voluntarily return to Nigeria. “Seeing this young woman from the beginning of her experience at our organization to her return helped me better understand the system of migrant aid,” Olivia says. She also conducted field research and anthropological interviews in French for her senior project, “Migration of Francophone Africans to Europe, through Morocco.” Olivia was awarded a 2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to teach English and conduct research for a year in Côte d’Ivoire. Following her Fulbright fellowship, Olivia will pursue a master’s degree at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Headshot of Oliver M. Holmes ’20, Class of '20

Oliver M. Holmes ’20

Eye of the Mind Pathway


An aspiring doctor on the pre-health track, Oliver is interested in the ways in which a liberal education can enrich the field of medicine. His animating question is: What is the distinction between professional and other courses? More specifically, what does a doctor need to know generally and for psychiatry? Oliver loved his Eye of the Mind thematic inquiry course, which he describes as dozens of courses in one. “From philosophy to astronomy, I felt as if I was receiving a very multi-faceted and well-thought through series of courses, all in the span of one semester,” he said. Oliver, a psychology major and biology minor, volunteered last summer in the Emergency Department at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. This summer, he has returned to AAMC to intern for the hospital's mental health coordinator, observing the mental health unit and working closely alongside staff to understand how the mental health system works. He is also continuing to work with the Emergency Department, examining the ways in which his liberal education helps him think critically in a medical setting.

Headshot of Marissa Domantay ’20, Class of '20

Marissa Domantay ’20

Social Justice and Sustainability Pathway


Marissa’s interest in the representation of diverse stories and bodies in media led her to join the Social Justice and Sustainability Pathway. A Posse Scholar who founded and chaired the South and Southeast Asian Alliance at Conn, Marissa drew on her own experiences for her animating question: What do the experiences of intersectionalized bodies in higher education look like and how can people—incoming students, undergraduates and administrators—learn from these experiences? “I reflected on my preparedness in transitioning to college and realized that a lot of booklets and guides on the subject do not consider intersectionality,” she says. Last spring, Marissa, an art major and mathematics minor, studied abroad in Ireland, taking courses on media studies and different platforms for storytelling. She has applied for summer internships related to the arts and intersectionality in storytelling at PBS and the Art Institute of Chicago. In her free time, she also conducts research in the field of Filipino-American studies. “As a Filipina, I am passionate about learning my own history and how that history shaped my experiences today,” she says. After graduation, Marissa plans to continue pursuing her passion for representation within education and media; she is considering career paths ranging from art professor to writer and illustrator.

Headshot of Sharon Van Meter ’20, Class of '20

Sharon Van Meter ’20

Power and Knowledge Pathway


It all started with a theater prop: For a performance in the musical “The Cradle Will Rock,” Sharon made a protest sign—inspired by a quote by Maximilien Robespierre—on which she wrote, “Knowledge is Power.” A year later she joined the Pathway with almost the same name. Her interest in theater and media, combined with a desire to understand what makes us who we are (which she regularly explores as a history major and religious studies minor) led her to her animating question: What role do corporations play in forming our concepts of childhood well-being? She is researching the beginnings and the early work of Disney Studios in order to understand how the corporation became entwined with the concept of childhood happiness and wholesome entertainment. Last spring, she studied at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she took a Broadcast Analysis class about the media’s role in producing knowledge.

Headshot of Ted Kasper ’19 , Class of '19

Ted Kasper ’19

Public Health Pathway


Ted has always been interested in health care. He came to Conn thinking he wanted to be a doctor, but quickly discovered he had more of a knack for public policy than chemistry and decided to major in government. He joined the Public Health Pathway and discovered a passion for health care administration. Inspired by guest lecturer Dr. Michael Wagner ’81, then-CEO of Tufts Medical Center, Ted began to research his animating question: How does a multibillion-dollar healthcare company make decisions about race, privilege, access and socio-economic status? He completed an internship in business marketing and development with Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Communities Division, where he got a firsthand look at hospital research, patient data analytics and health care policy. After learning that simple tooth pain is one of the top five reasons patients go to the emergency room in Baltimore city, Ted completed a semester-long senior project examining access to dental care for underprivileged populations and its impact on health systems and hospitals. This fall, Ted will pursue a master's degree in healthcare administration from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Headshot of Rachael Lieblein-Jurbala ’19, Class of '19

Rachael Lieblein-Jurbala ’19

Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy


Rachael is interested in the ways in which dance can be used to help those who have experienced trauma, and in the relationship between gender socialization and intimate partner violence. The summer after her sophomore year, the dance and sociology double major interned with the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence to develop a movement curriculum for children and teens affected by intimate partner violence. She then partnered with Gibney Dance to host a workshop at Conn about Gibney’s model for addressing sexual violence through the arts. In 2018, a politically charged dance piece Rachael choreographed, “…and I will never, ever let you down,” was performed at the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. For her senior integrative project, Rachael looked at the ways in which gender socialization contributes to the potential for gender-based violence. “Children constantly receive gendered messages through speech, toys, media and books, and through observation of the people around them. These messages contribute to early understandings of power and control, forming the building blocks on which we may conceive of the phenomenon of intimate partner violence in later life,” she says. Last summer, she interned with the Sasamani Foundation in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, where she had the opportunity to lead classroom discussions with secondary school students about gender and gender roles.

Headshot of Margaret Davey ’20, Class of '20

Margaret Davey ’20

Bodies/Embodiment Pathway


After taking courses on the psychology of sleep and the psychology of women, Margaret discovered that she is fascinated by the many ways technology influences different parts of our lives. In the Bodies/Embodiment Pathway, she is learning about everything from the portrayal of female athletes in the sporting world to fashion’s effect on body image throughout history. This led her to her animating question: What are the ways in which the body is influenced by technology? Last spring, she studied abroad in Copenhagen, where she took a course on cyberpsychology, interacted with a host family and used her interest in squash to connect with local residents to get a better sense of their views on technology’s impact on society, sports and the body. This summer, Margaret is interning with the Boston-based market research company C_Space, where she is working on ways to use a survey mobile app to get different age groups to best answer questions to get the most effective information. A psychology major and sociology minor, Margaret is also working to devise a senior thesis on the way certain advertisements can be more or less effective on evolving attention.

Headshot of Saadya Chevan ’19, Class of '19

Saadya Chevan ’19

Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology


As a first-year student, Saadya attended two concerts at the Ammerman Center’s biennial symposium on arts and technology. He was impressed by the innovative artists and scholars in attendance and quickly decided this was a community he wanted to join. A philosophy major and music performance minor, Saadya is interested in the cross-section between art and political systems, as well as in arts journalism. After joining the Ammerman Center, he began to write music and theater reviews for The College Voice, Conn’s student newspaper, eventually serving as arts editor and managing editor. As a junior, he studied abroad in Vienna, Austria, and completed two internships there, conducting research with a professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, and working as an assistant editor for the record company Paladino Media GmbH. His senior project, “Stamitz: Reimagined Concerto for Clarinet and Audience,” was a performance in the idiom of classical music where audience members influenced its outcome. He performed the piece as part of his Music Department senior recital. “It’s given me the opportunity to improve my programming skills both for live performance and internetbased applications, while also allowing me to gain more performance experience.” Saadya plans to consider career opportunities in both journalism and the performing arts.

Headshot of Bailey Whitman ’20, Class of '20

Bailey Whitman ’20

Social Justice Pathway


Bailey never dreamed he would write a book, but that is exactly where his Pathway has led him. An economics and environmental studies double major, Bailey is well versed in the three pillars of sustainability: economics, environment and social justice. His question is: How can we educate youth on sustainability and sustainable practices? He is particularly interested in educating children on pollutants like plastics, so he is partnering with aquariums across the country to write and publish a children’s book about the impact of plastic pollution on the world’s oceans. This summer, he is interning at Envirocon, a remediation and ecological restoration firm based in Missoula, Montana. Through the internship, he has seen a damn removal and park creation in the state of Washington and is working on bids and estimates for a project in New Jersey. He plans to have a draft of his book and many of the illustrations done in time for the All-College Symposium in November. 

Headshot of Delilah Fairclough-Stewart ’19, Class of '19

Delilah Fairclough-Stewart ’19

The Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment


Delilah wants to talk trash. Not enough people do, she argues. “Most people in the United States know that we discard a lot of trash, but they are blind to the actual amount we produce, what it consists of, where it goes, its environmental effects and its social implications,” she says. After studying abroad in France and interning with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the French and environmental studies major embarked on a two-part project to study Amazon’s use and distribution of cardboard and to conduct a waste audit of three Connecticut towns—Stonington, East Lyme and New London. By looking at both the industrial and production sides and the consumer and residential aspects of waste production, Delilah gained a much better understanding of the possibilities for long-term solutions for waste reduction and management. “I want to shed light on the hyperconsumerism and mass waste production in our society,” she says. “I plan to use this study as an explanation of human behaviors: our consumption habits and our tie to material objects, and how that has an effect on our society and natural environment.” 

 


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June 12, 2019