What I Did During My Summer Vacation…
By Emily Nielsen
Posted: Aug. 28, 2013
Classes are officially back in session and another summer has come to an end. Liberal arts students made their time away from Austin count by taking on amazing adventures that enriched their academic, personal and professional lives. From an anthropological dig in Belize to a prestigious public policy program in Pittsburgh to a cross-country charitable bike ride to Alaska, read about these incredible summers below.
Economics and Urban Studies senior, Intellectual Entrepreneurship Scholar
For the first half of summer I traveled to Beijing as a Division of Diversity and Community Engagement Fellow under the direction of Drs. Ge Chen and Leonard Moore to compare social enterprise strategies in China and the United States. I chose to focus on housing access for rural-to-urban migrant families, which is regulated by the hukou system. In addition to conducting research, I also taught English at the Dandelion School, an elementary school for migrant children.
Once I arrived back in the states, I traveled to San Francisco for a summer internship with Public Advocates Inc., a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization fighting the systemic causes of racial discrimination and poverty by empowering community voices and achieving tangible legal victories. Public Advocates’ commitment to advancing education, housing and transit equity has resulted in its reputation as “the small but noisy law firm.”