Anthropology and Social Change
I searched high and low for an academic program like what the Anthropology and Social Change program at CIIS offers: coming here was like a breath of fresh air. In an educational climate marked by constrained possibilities and ivory tower myopia, the program is one of a kind in its unapologetic commitment to radical social change. I've deeply appreciated the program's emphasis on academic rigor and activism in the "real world," combined with an ongoing refusal to view academics and activism as separate. The learning community has been supportive, challenging, and generous; competition is eschewed in favor of mutual learning and growth. Despite my deepening understanding of the horrors of the world, I feel also a deeper sense of realistic optimism due to the pockets of incredible resistance I have encountered in my studies here. And as a result of the program, I feel much better equipped to help tackle the root causes of the oppression and misery that impact our capacity to live humane and joyful lives.