Angela Hartley, '11
Majors: Spanish and International Studies
Current Position: Resettlement case manager at World Relief, a refugee resettlement agency in Spokane, where she helps refugees to become self-sufficient and to adjust to life in the U.S.
Why Whitworth? "While visiting, I noticed that Whitworth, above all other schools that I was considering, placed an emphasis on making study-abroad programs feasible to students. After a few conversations with students and professors, it was clear to me that Whitworth placed an emphasis on the growth of a student as a whole, not solely academically. I also was attracted to the small classes taught by professors who intentionally get to know their students."
Whitworth Activities: President of the International Justice Mission club, which works to raise awareness of the horrors and realities of human trafficking; volunteered at Cup of Cool Water, a center for street youth; and volunteered and interned at World Relief, where she currently works.
Quote: "My Whitworth experience taught me what it means to think critically and individually. I was challenged by my professors, by the topics of classes that I took, and by the students who surrounded me to truly look at the world and wrestle with all of its injustices. I learned how to approach complex issues effectively. This ability to examine issues and respond is very helpful to me outside of the classroom, as there are rarely easy and clear answers in real situations. The needs of the refugee families that I work with vary with each individual, and meeting those needs requires new ideas and, often, complicated decisions."
Influential Whitworth Experience: "In the spring of my junior year, I spent a semester studying in Spain. In my classes I learned about the politics and society of Spain, while out of the classroom I built friendships with Spanish students and heard new perspectives on everything from popular fashion to effective legislation. After this experience, I realized that knowing a foreign language opens up a whole new realm of possibilities: communication with an entirely new segment of the population, cultural understanding, unique relationships and life-changing experiences."
Career Goals: "I will spend eight months in Argentina next year through the Fulbright program, teaching English and involving myself in the local community. After this experience and gaining more clarity as to which specific programs are best for me, I plan to enroll in graduate school to study human rights as they relate to gender equality. Eventually I hope to work to confront obstacles to education – barriers that currently exist across the globe."
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