Caitlin Hodges

University of Notre Dame

Caitlin Hodges is a junior at the University of Notre Dame and an advocate for arts-based community development. She has been an active participant in the South Bend community since arriving at Notre Dame, especially through her involvement with The Bridge Project. This student-founded community development group is dedicated to addressing the gap between university students and the city of South Bend. She currently serves as the president. Through The Bridge Project, Caitlin has worked alongside other community development groups and leaders in South Bend to finance, organize, and execute a wide variety of cultural events throughout the city. Caitlin has also worked extensively on the University's campus to promote meaningful student engagement in South Bend, whether that be through organizing student-band expos downtown, promoting public transportation ridership, or meeting with students one-on-one to discuss community engagement. Caitlin is a humble yet committed leader capable of enacting both social and physical change as she pursues a future career in urban planning and development.

Rev. John I. Jenkins C.S.C.
University of Notre Dame

Personal Statement

Even though I was raised in a relatively rural environment, I have been interested in urban development and infrastructure for most of my life. After taking a few architecture courses that seemed to ignore the racial and economic inequalities of urban landscapes, my college career centered on reconciling issues of urban decay, the development of physical spaces, justice, and a belief in the power of artistic culture as cities seek new identities for themselves in the post-industrial era. My involvement with the South Bend community has completely transformed my understanding of spaces. These are the lessons I will carry with me as I consider the physical and social dimensions of urban life as an urban planner.

Caitlin Hodges
American Studies: Class of 2017
written 2016

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Karmen Kurtz, UNC Asheville Erin Coggins, UNC Charlotte Juan Emilio García Estrada, Universidad de Monterrey Sonce Reese, University of Baltimore Lillian McEntire, University of Central Arkansas Katie Richard, University of Central Oklahoma Joshua Higginbotham, University of Charleston Elizabeth Charash, University of Connecticut Kayla J. McLaughlin, University of Dayton Ciera Kathryn Blehm, University of Denver Andy Garcia, University of Florida Brittany Shipman, University of Great Falls Rima Nimri, University of Illinois at Chicago Maribel Hernandez, University of La Verne Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Rachael Parran, University of Maryland, Baltimore Max Poole, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Joel Colon, University of Massachusetts Boston Chris LaPorte, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alexis Musick, University of Miami Hawa Ali, University of Minnesota Rochester Daniel Mueller, University of Missouri - St. Louis Mackenzie Lombardi, University of Montana Katelyn Gonczy, University of Mount Union Antonio Campbell, University of Nebraska Omaha Zachary Bolster, University of New Hampshire Michael Elliott, University of New Hampshire - Manchester John Blessing, University of North Georgia Shelby Yates, University of Northern Iowa Caitlin Hodges, University of Notre Dame Jeffrey Wiseman, University of Pennsylvania Ian Kanterman, University of Rhode Island Jennifer Paradis, University of Saint Joseph Jessica Villa, University of San Francisco Theresa M. Lacey, University of South Carolina Beaufort Cindy Kuo, University of Utah Mirella Espino, University of Wisconsin Colleges-University of Wisconsin-Extension Nasitta Keita, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marley Uran, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
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