Category Archives: CAPPP Alumni

Following My Intellectual Bliss

westbrook-katie-kennedy-center-W14by Katie Westbrook, Winter 2014

I have always been fascinated by the history of marriage discrimination and howย  this history applies to couples today.

For years I have wondered about the similarities between the interracial and same-sex marriage movements.ย  How can the latter use these similarities to its advantage?

When applying to the CAPPP Quarter in Washington Program I immediately knew that I wanted to take a closer look at these two movements. The program gave me the unique opportunity to answer these questions, a chance to design my own curriculum for a quarter, “pursuing my intellectual bliss,” as Carol Wald, CAPPP’s program administrator, likes to say.

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“In research, being wrong is not a bad thing”: Erica Henderson, Fall 2013

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Erica at the US Capitol.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to pursue my own research on transportation infrastructure in Nicaragua. This was a project I had kept in my mind ever since high school and had never expected that I would pursue. Continue reading “In research, being wrong is not a bad thing”: Erica Henderson, Fall 2013

“DC Changed My Outlook on My Future”: Katie Westbrook, Winter 14

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Katie at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Going to Washington, DC changed my entire outlook on my future for the better.

Before I went to DC I was heading toward a future in law, hoping that after several years of groundwork I would finally be able to help people in the way that I’d dreamed of.

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