Jacob Dean Interview

Jacob Dean
Major and Year: Political Science/History; Senior
Interests: Politics, Farm Life, and History

What global challenge(s) are you most interested in and why?

I am particularly interested in gender equity and the educational achievement gap. Until women are equally represented at all levels of government, we'll still have policies which don't necessarily represent the ideals and values of women. For instance, America is the only industrialized county that doesn't offer paid maternity leave. If the Congress was 51 per cent female, I assure that at least a discussion would take place about that injustice. The educational achievement gap is also something I'm interested in learning more about and hopefully helping to bridge the gap. The U.S. should focus on education initiatives to improve our economy long term. Cutting Head Start, Pre-K, and other 'nonessential' items in education is incredibly shortsighted and will hamstring our country's workforce in the future.

How can students at Auburn University contribute to the Leadership Challenge?

First and foremost, be engaged. That means picking up a paper and reading about international affairs, domestic policy decisions, and cultural trends. An engaged citizenship is important to the survival of any democracy and also a way to contribute to the Challenge. Secondly, find out what you're passionate about and start working. Auburn is blessed to be a very service oriented campus and it's not hard to find an outlet.

Last Updated: Oct. 8, 2013

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