Pathways from Student to Professional

  • 08 Feb 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom (must register to receive log in information)


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Date: Tuesday, 08 February 2022
Location:  Online meeting via Zoom
Time: 7:00 pm

Pathways from Student to Professional

About the Talk:

Based on a session from the 2021 SfAA meetings, the speakers reflect on their training as undergraduate anthropology students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland who “learned anthropology by doing anthropology,” then pursued professional training through a Masters of Applied Anthropology or Masters of Public Health program at the University of Maryland College Park or the Masters of Applied Anthropology program at the University of South Florida.  They reflect on their training and mentorship experiences as students and their transitions from student to professional status.  This session highlights the lived experience of young professionals whose stories of “using anthropology” links with topics discussed in last month’s Career Readiness Commission presentation.

About the Speakers:

Rebecca Quick (SMCM '14, UCMP '16) is a Project Manager with a policy research nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Most recently I was working as a grants manager with a housing organization in DC and before that with humanitarian organizations based in Iraq. I received my Master's in Applied Anthropology from University of Maryland in 2016 and my Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2014. Through my anthropological research, I developed a passion for cultural awareness in human rights and development. I conducted research on this topic in The Gambia, West Africa and Malta.

My LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rmquick/

Clara Richards (SMCM '14, UMCP ? ) is currently a Program Coordinator for the Population Health Department of Howard County General Hospital in the Johns Hopkins Medical System where culture counts and applied anthropology is pivotal.

Alyssa Nutter-Weber (SCMC '13, UMCP '15) is a Financial Aid Analyst at Howard Community College. Alyssa studied anthropology and religious studies at St. Mary's College of Maryland before transitioning to the University of Maryland to complete her MAA degree. During her undergraduate career, she developed an interest in higher education and meaningful assessment of student experiences. Alyssa's current role as a Financial Aid Analyst at Howard Community College focuses on state financial aid and Title IV compliance. Prior to joining the team at HCC in 2021, she worked at Johns Hopkins University for five years. At JHU, she was among the first members of the Student Financial Services Outreach Team. The mission of this team centered around promoting retention of low-income students and filling critical student service gaps. When she left JHU, Alyssa served as Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid Communications. Utilizing her background in applied anthropology, Alyssa seeks to promote effective student communications, college access, and affordability.

Katherine Boyle (SMCM '14, UMCP '18) currently works for the National Park Service as a Historian and Archeologist, where I utilize my applied anthropology toolkit on a daily basis. At SMCM, I majored in Anthropology, focusing on Archaeology, and minored in both History and Museum Studies. After some time spent interning and working in cultural resources management, I began considering graduate school, and I knew that I wanted a practical program. I found that at UMCP, where I piloted the Dual Masters of Applied Anthropology and Historic Preservation. This program demonstrates the value of applied anthropology and its complementary nature. The interdisciplinary training that I received through SMCM and UMCP prepared me well for the “real world.”


Leslie Walker (SMCM ’13, USF ’15) is the social justice and scholarly programs lead at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Leslie develops public programming and outreach activities that advance visitors' knowledge of African American history and culture through social justice workshops, panel discussions, book talks, and film screenings. Leslie completed a BA in anthropology and Spanish at St. Mary's College of Maryland, MA in applied anthropology at the University of South Florida, and a graduate certificate in museum education at the Oregon State University.

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