ECO students represent diversity in every sense of the word: Both where they have come from and where they want to go.  

We invite you to meet a couple.

David

ECO and Communications (Social and Cultural Communications) double major, International Studies minor

Why are you an ECO major?

I am an ECO major because I hope to empower many others who come from a similar background as myself, advocating the importance of higher education and that even though we face numerous limitations in our quest for equity and equality the struggles we encounter is what makes us stronger.  Having the opportunity to be apart of the ECO major has allowed for continuous self-growth while being true to my mission of creating more equal access to education for youth from low socioeconomic communities.

What three words would you use to decribe ECO?

Diverse, Innovative, Collaborative

What do you hope to pursue professionally after graduation?

I hope to work in educational consulting or public policy in the future. I aspire to empower youth to create social change within society by providing young people with the opportunity to study social problems that affect them and then determine how to fix these issues. Giving youth first hand experience in the ability to shape policy is a way great for them to be able to see the conditions of injustice that are produced and not natural.  Understanding where my agency lies and being more informed of past and current barriers that many communities face is crucial information for the work I hope to accomplish; both in my internship and future.

 

Kimberly

ECO and Business (Human Resources), double major

Why are you an ECO major?

Everyone in the classes I'm taking have a different trajectory that all come around the same goal of developing our world and moving it forward. I am an ECO major because it blends seamlessly with my goals, but more so it introduces me to new ideas on ways to make a change.

What three words would you use to decribe ECO?

Approachable, Empowering, Versatile

What do you hope to pursue professionally after graduation?

I hope to continue my journey with corporate learning and organizational development.  After I graduate, I plan on working on projects that make people excited to work for companies that invest in their employees.

 

Chaltu

ECO and Anthropology (Medical Anthropology), double major

Why are you an ECO major?

As an Education, Communities, and Organizations major I enjoy taking ownership of my undergraduate experience by actively being involved in my community. My academic courses equip me with the necessary skills and knowledge to work successfully with diverse groups of people in different environments to make the best impact in service.  In the past two years of being involved with different organizations on campus as well as in the community, I have learned to acknowledge the rich knowledge that exists in communities. As scholars, we often come into community spaces with the mentality that our work will transform communities without realizing that transformation is continuous. Through classes and experiences in my major, I have learned to knowledge my own biases as well as privileges when I am working with communities. I have learned to always renew and keep true to my intentions.  ECO encourages my curiosity and exploration of my interests both academically and professionally. I am an ECO major because I have been fortunate enough to be part of supportive, inclusive communities of educators who continuously educate, mentor, and inspire me to advocate for others.

What three words would you use to decribe ECO?

Innovative, Ownership, and Opportunity

What do you hope to pursue professionally after graduation?

I eventually want to work in higher education and student life. I am interested in education overall but even more passionate about teaching, as well as student mentorship on campus. I have had amazing mentors who have supported my learning on campus and I would like to have that lasting impact on others through education. Lastly, I want to work with different organizations on campus to build a more inclusive university environment that promotes student success for students of all backgrounds.

 

Davis

ECO and Political Science, double Major

Why are you an ECO major?

ECO's emphasis on equity in and through education was something I knew I would not be able to find anywhere else. I am truly passionate about education, and I think that it can be a powerful tool for social change.

What three words would you use to decribe ECO?

Equity, Empowerment, and Self-Awareness

What do you hope to pursue professionally after graduation?

In the near future, I hope to get a Master's Degree in Education, and then hopefully teach high school History and/or English. I would eventually like to pursue a PhD in Education, specifically looking at how the ways we teach certain histories (and which histories we prioritize) impacts our understanding of the social and political issues we are experiencing today, especially with regards to race.

 

Tevis

Why are you an ECO major?

I want to help kids and give back to my community. I also understand the importance of a good teacher or coach and want to be that person for others.  In ECO I have learned that it is important to know who I am and where I come from and be open to those same stories that I will get from those I work with in communities.

What three words would you use to decribe ECO?

Insightful, Equitable, Community

What do you hope to pursue professionally after graduation?

I would like to become a secondary history teacher and coach football for youth in my community.

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