“Part of my independent major in theater concentrates on the element of theater/arts education, so I take education courses that require field placements at local schools, organized through our Civic Engagement Office. This has allowed me to learn so much about the community outside of Bryn Mawr, from Philadelphia’s Chinatown to Norristown to Radnor.
“The clubs on Bryn Mawr’s campus also promote civic engagement. For example, during the 2008 presidential election, I volunteered in Philadelphia’s Chinatown through the Asian Students Association. Working with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, we helped to make sure that all voters, especially those whose primary language is not English, knew their rights and were able to participate in the political process. As much as we notice the importance of our community on our own campus, Bryn Mawr continues to emphasize the impact that we can have on our communities outside the campus.”
Jessica Pui Wong ’12
Note: Jessica Wong is a passionate believer in the power of the arts to help communities work toward social justice. In the summer of 2010, she was a Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center intern in the education department of Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater, focusing on the theater’s Camp Wilma, a two-week day camp for children ages six to 16. Wong helped design and administer programs for the camp, where children created and performed their own adaptations of traditional folk tales of several cultures. She is a Posse Scholar, one of a group of students selected for their leadership and academic potential by Bryn Mawr and the Posse Foundation, a renowned college-access and youth-leadership-development program.