Erin Cassidy, ‘12 Religion and Art  Internship: Summer 2012, Red Dog Gallery, Community Outreach Coordinator

“I declared a concentration in Religion and Public Engagement because I am interested in seeing communities heal and flourish, and have seen outreach attempted in problematic ways throughout my life. RPE provided a way to learn about and discuss real community problems, and work towards positive change alongside my peers, professors, and other community leaders.

My courses in RPE have helped me realize how religion can be grounds for mutual understanding and cooperation to pursue justice in the world. My professors have challenged my own assumptions, and allowed for me to actually get involved in the community and get my hands dirty, so to speak. “