Kaitlin Griffin, a first year student at the University of New Hampshire, is eager to engage her peers in meaningful dialogue around social issues. She spent much of her time in high school developing her facilitation skills as a leader in a student group that helped other high schoolers tackle tough topics. Through this work, she helped organize a statewide conference that brought high schoolers together to discuss philosophical questions. Since arriving at UNH, she has been excited to learn about how she can merge her interests in business and sustainability, and is looking forward to joining organizations that will allow her to continue her involvement in community dialogues and social change.
In high school, I learned how education and discussion are central to tackling difficult social issues. As a leader in a group called the Ethics Forum, I helped organize and lead academic conferences where students had the opportunity to talk about meaningful subjects like democracy and censorship, all at no cost to them. Students at these events worked in small breakout groups where they could talk about the material in-depth and explore possible solutions to big problems. I saw how working in an ethically motivated community could produce incredible results. Our largest annual convention, HYPE, hosts around 1000 high school students and is a great place for them to share their ideas while learning from others. This has led me to pursue opportunities on campus with my dorm hall council and the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise that can bring awareness and action to issues like sustainability, community engagement, and social responsibility. By joining these groups, I hope to help improve my community's well-being and spread discussion on social issues.