Hometown/High School: Almont, MI; Almont High School Majors/Minor/Institutes: Secondary Education English Major with Creative Writing, Political Science Minor; Ford Institute Campus Organizations: Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity
Why I chose Ford: I chose to join the Ford Institute because it presented me with a wide variety of career plans, even if I wasn't interested in pursuing public policy in the long run. Since I'm going into education, internships and volunteer service have opened my eyes to the importance of public service and how I can make a difference in certain areas. There's no way I would have obtained the same opportunities if I hadn't joined the Ford Institute.
Internship: Chosen as the first Joe Stroud Intern in Journalism and Policy. Worked at the Detroit Free Press, even writing editorial pieces for the paper.
Post Grad Plans: Ideally, I would move to Chicago and teach Secondary English in the downtown school districts. At the same time I would work towards a graduate degree and eventually teach collegiate level creative writing. My ultimate goal is to write for a living; short stories, freelance writing, and eventually novels.
Hometown/High School: Clinton Township, MI; Chippewa Valley High School Majors/Minors/Institutes: History Major, Spanish and Journalism Minor; Ford Institute and Honors Program Campus Organizations: Kappa Kappa Psi Band fraternity, Delta Gamma Sorority, British Eighth Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Student Senate, and Model United Nations
Why I Chose Ford: I've always been very interested in politics and the effect that political events have had on American history. The Ford Institute offered a great opportunity for me to immerse myself in the politics and get first-hand experience in its process. I've also been very devoted to service, mostly in my own community, and Ford allowed me to become involved with service at a state and even a national level. The biggest selling point for me was the required internship that all Fordies must complete- it's a great opportunity that I wouldn't have been able to have if I had gone to a big state school.
Internship Plans: I hope to intern at the Library of Congress or at the Senate Historian's Office because it would allow me to work with both historical archives and congressional research teams. I would get the experience I need in history and politics at the same time.
Post Grad Plans: I would really like to go to graduate school for history and perhaps get a job writing for a newspaper on the side. Afterwards, I will hopefully have a job either teaching at a college and writing books or working at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, or the Senate Historian's Office.
“Emerging Leadership in Detroit’s Economic Recovery”
The Sleight Leadership Fellows Program provides an intense leadership skills enhancement experience for Albion College sophomores. The program consists of a five-day, in-residence program that immerses students in cutting-edge leadership models and experiences through classwork, hands-on learning, and small work-group projects. The Sleight Fellowship provides a curricular component to leadership training at Albion College with the specific intent of developing personal skills. The benefits, however, reach beyond the participants of the program as the Fellows share their skills with their peers, in and out of the classroom.
In January of each year, up to twenty students, led by two faculty, take residence in the historic Ft. Shelby Hotel in downtown Detroit. The days are long – starting early and going to 10:00 pm. Students examine Detroit's history, its current status, and the emerging leadership that is guiding the city's recovery. Students work in small groups on research/presentation projects of their own design that directly impact Detroit's economic viability.
Outcome assessments of previous years' projects demonstrated an extremely high level of satisfaction with the class and a strong dedication to being part of Detroit's recovery.
Programs, Endowments, and Scholarships
Through the generosity of Albion College alumni and other sponsors, the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service is able to offer several programs to our students. These endowments support co-curricular efforts, participation in internships, and many other forms of experiential learning. Please follow the links below to learn more about these efforts and how you can help the Ford Institute provide more opportunities to our students.