Pitzer Spotlights

Veronica Briggs '02
Fulbright Indonesia Teaching Assistantship


Over coffee at the Grove House with Professor Nigel Boyle during a visit back to her alma mater, Veronica Briggs made the determination to submit a Fulbright proposal to fulfill her desire to increase “Cross Cultural Dialogue and Mutual Understanding.”

Briggs’s participation in the Pitzer in Nepal program inspired her interest in teaching: “From the moment I finished handing the alphabet on the wall, I understood the importance of education. I had spent the day drawing “rungichungi” ABC’s, and the kids at the orphanage were responding with energetic awe at the colorful additions to our home,” Briggs said.

Enthusiastic about building upon these and other Pitzer opportunities, Briggs said that she relished the chance to work as a teacher again while a student at Pitzer. “During my senior year, I traveled to numerous Los Angeles schools to give interactive presentations about Nepal and my experiences while a student there.”

In December of 2002, Briggs graduated with a combined major in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Pitzer College. Following completion of her Fulbright, she plans to pursue a Masters in Public Health with an academic and career focus on international health policy and administration.

—Susan Andrews