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Joshua Seawell

Joshua Seawell

Portrait of Joshua Seawell

About

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: Urban Studies provides a great starting point for lifelong public service. I feel that I increasingly know the history, theory, and the policy conversations behind a broad range of social and economic issues, and that I can use this to begin working on solutions. Relatedly, the department offers the best and most rewarding courses I've taken at Stanford; through the course Gentrification, I had the chance to work with a local nonprofit on anti-displacement efforts, for example. Finally, the Department really cares about its students, providing abundant opportunities and resources to the small family that makes up its majors and minors.
What I like best about Urban Studies: Urban Studies lies at a unique intersection of so much that I want to learn about: race, politics and policy, inequality, the art of the community. Studying cities also means studying the future, in an increasingly urbanized world.
Favorite class / professor (and why): Political Power in American Cities / Clayton Nall
Career goal / Future plans: I hope to work at either a housing agency or community development corporation in Southern California. I'll probably apply to graduate school at some point, too.
Extracurriculars:
Stanford in Government
ASSU
Black Student Union
The Daily
Something else you should know about me:
I grew up all over so I'm cheating a little on the hometown part, but I'm liking Ogden so far!