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Justin Dickerson Takes Charge

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Justin Dickerson, who graduated with a BA in History in 2009, has been elected president of Loyola University's History Graduate Student Association. Justin is completing his Master of Arts Degree and is considering the topic of the role that ethnicity played in the Burnham Plan, an early 20th Century city planning effort in Chicago.

As part of his presidential duties, he will be organizing next year's Loyola University Chicago History Graduate Student Conference. The conference brings together Masters and Doctoral students from around the nation to present their research in any field of historical study to their peers. Conferences such as these are great opportunities for graduate students to gain experience in presenting papers in an environment that is somewhat less stressful than an academic conference. Such experiences also provide valuable opportunities to network with peers who are doing similar, or dissimilar research, for future collaboration. He will also be helping plan social and academic events for the History Department's graduate students at Loyola.

Justin is weighing his next step, considering continuing his education to earn a Ph.D. or perhaps joining the Peace Corps in an effort to help people. Justin had some experience observing people in need when he took part in the Cuba Program, the exchange that ONU has with the University of Havana. Justin notes that his experiences at ONU gave him the tools and confidence to accept leadership positions, such as the one he will occupy next year.

Wherever the road leads, this accomplishment is a good step for Justin! Way to go Mr. President!