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Alumni Profile: Darius Gray

Darius Gray, Art for Social Change alum
Welcome to our Alumni Profile series. Each month we’ll catch up with at least one HECUA alumni, and see how their time in a HECUA classroom influenced their career goals, their life in the community, and their pursuit of continued education. If you or a friend would like to participate in this series, please email lohmans@hecua.org. This July we're lucky enough to have two alumni profiles! If you missed Tenzin Kunsal's interview, you can catch it here. Below, you'll find our interview with intrepid Art for Social Change alum, Darius Gray. Darius completed HECUA's Art for Social Change program...

Alumni Profile: Tenzin Kunsal

Tenzin Kunsal
Welcome to HECUA's Alumni Profile series. Each month we’ll catch up with a HECUA alumni, and see how their time in a HECUA classroom influenced their career goals, their life in the community, and their pursuit of continued education. If you or a friend would like to participate in this series, please email lohmans@hecua.org. This month we're delighted to feature Tenzin Kunsal, currently the Programs and Outreach Strategist at local non-profit Pollen. Tenzin is a graduate of St. Olaf College, and completed HECUA's Race in America program in 2010.   Six years ago in the early spring of 2010,...

Acoma Gaither: Art for Social Change

Art for Social Change student Acoma
Acoma Gaither is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature. Acoma spent the spring semester studying off-campus with HECUA, in our reimagined Art for Social Change program. She devoted 20 hours per week to work with local non-profit organization Pangea World Theater, for a total of 200 hours over the course of the semester. Read on for Acoma's take on her work at Pangea.  Pangea World Theatre is a powerhouse for progressive placemaking, shaped by political dialogue around race, gender, human rights, and social justice. This...

Annie Cameron: Art for Social Change

Anne Cameron, art for social change student, at Pillsbury House + Theatre.
Annie Cameron is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Studies in Cinema and Media Culture. For the past semester, she's been earning University of Minnesota credits off-campus, enrolled in HECUA's full time Art for Social Change program. Annie split her time between a HECUA-arranged internship in Councilmember Alondra Cano's office and class at the Pillsbury House + Theatre. Read on for Annie's reflections at the end of a full semester.  Interactions Through Art There have been countless experiences to reflect upon in my semester of Art for Social Change. I am an intern...

Pelle Tracey in Northern Ireland

Pelle Tracey is a junior at at Earlham College, majoring in Peace and Global Studies, with a minor in Photography. Pelle is our student correspondent for the Northern Ireland: Democracy and Social Change program this semester, posting regularly about his experience in Derry~Londonderry and beyond. Read on for Pelle's final update from Northern Ireland. The whirlwind of our study abroad program is finally finished, and as I sit at my parent’s kitchen table in West Virginia, it seems that the dust has settled enough for me to shift through the last few weeks of our time overseas.  After our...

Larissa Leshovsky: Art for Social Change

Larissa Leshovsky photo
Larissa Leshovsky will graduate from the University of Minnesota in December of 2016, with a dual major in Art and Psychology. She spent the past semester enrolled in HECUA's Art for Social Change program, creating massive public art projects with her classmates and interning at local nonprofit Upstream Arts. Read on for Larissa's reflection on the semester. Now that the end of the semester is upon us, it has finally sunk in that my HECUA experience is over. The impact on my life, however, has just begun. I came into this program with the hopes of making connections with artists, mentors,...

Erin Patricia McIntosh in Ecuador: Final Reflection.

Erin McIntohs: study abroad Northern Ireland
Erin Patricia McIntosh is a St. Olaf College student double majoring in Anthropology/Sociology and Spanish, with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She'll be our student correspondent from the Community Internships in Latin America program in Ecuador this semester, regularly posting about her study abroad experience in Quito and beyond. Read Erin's fourth and final post below. On February 3rd of 2016 I nervously set foot onto the land of a place I would soon come to call home. I rode in the back of bight red Toyota mountain vehicle, comforted by the amount of stickers that covered the...

Own Your Power: Michelle Ramsey, Inequality in America

Michelle Ramsey HECUA Inequality in America student off-campus study
Michelle Ramsey is a rising senior at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, majoring in Family Social Science. She’s spending this semester off-campus with HECUA, in the 16-credit Inequality in America program. Every full time HECUA program includes a 160-200 hour individual internship with a local nonprofit. Michelle chose to work with community organizer and activist Wintana Melekin at MN-NOC. Read on for Michelle’s impression of the Inequality in America program, her internship, and the HECUA community. Michelle's participation in HECUA is a testament to her ability to push herself...

Ashlyn Tingle: Art for Social Change

Art for Social Change semester long off campus study program student Ashlyn
University of Minnesota junior Ashlyn Tingle is an art major and a marketing minor. She's spending the semester with HECUA, in our 16 credit Art for Social Change program. Ashlyn had reason to reflect over the past few weeks about the role of the internal critic. You know, that nagging voice in your head that asks, "why do YOU think you'd be good at that?" Read on for some great tips on how to move past that inner negativity and doubt. One year ago I signed up for an adult fundamental ballet class at the Minnesota Dance Theatre. With no dance background whatsoever, I walked into the studio...

Pelle Tracey in Northern Ireland

study abroad program northern ireland dension university student
Pelle Tracey is a junior at at Earlham College, majoring in Peace and Global Studies, with a minor in Photography. Pelle is our student correspondent for the Northern Ireland: Democracy and Social Change program this semester, posting regularly about his experience in Derry~Londonderry and beyond. Read on for Pelle's third update from Northern Ireland. I’m writing this post having just prepared a presentation on my internship experience. While this is significant for a number of reasons, one sticks out – our internships are almost finished! This coming week marks the seventh and final week of...

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