B.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Ethnic and Women's Studies
Dr. Jeffrey Snodgrass
I graduated from Colorado State University in 2012 with a major in Anthropology and a double minor in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. I moved to San Antonio, TX following graduation to participate in City Year, an in-school AmeriCorps program serving at-risk youth. Following that, I did a year of AmeriCorps VISTA with Communities in Schools of San Antonio, another program serving at-risk youth.
Presently, I am working as a program manager for San Antonio Youth Literacy (SAYL). SAYL runs a tutoring program paring community volunteers with second graders behind in reading. The point of the program is to get kids on track by third grade where major research shows that struggling readers begin to fall behind in all course areas eventually affecting graduation rates and future success. I monitor the program implementation at 34 elementary schools and three community centers. I am also working on my Master’s in Public Administration at St. Mary’s University focusing on local government and urban planning. I hope to transition over to work in the public sector following graduation.
Note to Current Students
The Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University definitely prepared me for my graduate and professional work. I credit a big portion of that to Dr. Snodgrass; however, Dr. Browne, Dr. Magennis, Dr. Kent, Dr. Fisher and the rest of the Anthro faculty as well as the Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies faculty were fantastic (giant shoutout to Dr. Ishiwata and Monica Rivera in those other departments).
Being able to help Dr. Snodgrass on his ethnographic research into World of Warcraft allowed me to see firsthand how knowledge is created. The actual process of crafting research questions, being able to practice research methodology with a small team, and present at the Undergraduate Research Symposium was a highlight of my undergraduate career. It was Dr. Fisher’s class on Mesoamerican Archaeology that sparked my interest in city planning when we studied how elites would design cities to enforce and prescribe their power. I could go on about a lot of individual things I learned that I still carry with me today, but I would credit the department’s focus on critical thinking and research as the two biggest transferable skills I received. Thinking back to my coursework, both critical thinking and research were constantly reinforced and that definitely helped develop skills to help me in my career.