Celebrating Graduation with the Alfie Scholars 2017 Cohort
Congratulations to the inductees into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society

Congratulations to the recent inductees into the Seattle University chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu (AΣN), the Jesuit honor society that recognizes students who are committed to intellectual development and deepening of Jesuit ideals and scholarship, loyalty to faith and social justice, and service to others.

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Two Alfie Scholars graduates join the team at Project Pilgrimage

Alfie Scholars Pa Ousman Jobe (Business and Finance ’18) and Gabriel Narvaez (Sociology ’18) have joined the team at Project Pilgrimage. Project Pilgrimage “builds interracial and intergenerational community … by studying, understanding, and gaining inspiration from transformational movements and individuals, and then taking action.” For more details, visit http://projectpilgrimage.org/

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Congratulations to the inductees into the Seattle University chapter of Tau Sigma Honor Society

Congratulations to the recent inductees into the Gamma Mu Seattle University chapter of Tau Sigma, a national honor society that recognizes and promotes academic excellence and leadership in  transfer students. Students who earn a 3.5 GPA or higher in their first quarter after transferring are invited to join Tau Sigma. On February 27, 2019, a total of 77 students were welcomed into the Gamma Mu chapter. Among those inducted were seven of the ten 2018 Alfie Scholars cohort.

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Kaddy Suso: Get Educated or Die Trying

“I would die for my education,” says Alfie Scholar Kaddy Suso, age 26. Getting an education has been Kaddy’s raison d’etre since she was a young girl in a small village in The Gambia. This was not the plan her family had in mind. As traditionalists, they expected her, like most women in her country, to marry in her early teens, become a gardener, and bear children. That never appealed to Kaddy, who found joy in learning from the get-go and who recognized the unfairness of only allowing men to get an education and the upper hand in society.

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Advocating for Education: My Internship in Washington, D.C.

It’s 8 a.m. and two hundred students—ranging from the 9th grade to their first year in college and coming from diverse backgrounds—are rehearsing enthusiastically. Some speak original poetry with shining eyes; others break into creative dance or offer calming hugs. In minutes, these talented and underserved youths from across the nation will present powerful narratives in front of almost 1,700 teachers, administrators, and representatives—including the Department of Education. Demonstrating the daily realities of growing up amidst financial hardship, bullying, and gun violence, these students will also share the excitement of participating with GEAR UP, a federal initiative that provides mentoring, college planning, and scholarships. As a Communications and Advocacy Intern, I had the opportunity to learn about educational access, public policy, and government relations while assisting the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) with organizing the 2018 annual conference. My summer working in Washington, D.C., was incredible, and the best moments were meeting the inspiring students that we serve and watching them advocate for their futures on stage.

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Angela Flores-Marcus: Planting the STEMs for Future Women in Tech

When you read about Angela Flores-Marcus’s accomplishments, you are immediately awestruck. Her dedication to her community is apparent through the numerous organizations she has engaged in, including serving as the Vice President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the President of Women in STEM club, and Co-Chair of the Queer-Straight Alliance. Her academic excellence is demonstrated by the eleven scholarships she has been awarded and the honor societies she is a part of.

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Alfie Scholars 2018 Cohort on the Philosophy of the Civil Person

To cultivate leaders for civility in their chosen professions and communities, we encourage Alfies to embrace their authentic selves and life’s purpose. We support them in doing so by providing the tools to develop and strengthen their own voice. They learn the importance of hearing their own voice, not only for themselves but for their communities and our society at large. The Alfies learn to communicate their ideas, perspectives, emotions, and values that shape their voice.

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