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Kevin Shih ’09 Awarded Public Policy & International (PPIA) Affairs Fellowship

Kevin Shih '09
Kevin Shih '09 will be spending the summer at the University of Michigan on a PPIA Fellowship.

Kevin Shih, a Pitzer junior, has been awarded a highly competitive PPIA Fellowship (Public Policy and International Affairs) at the University of Michigan for the summer of 2008. Kevin, a sociology major, has played a pivotal role in coordinating funding and preparing proposals for The Claremont Colleges Asian American Advisory Board.

"Kevin is an important voice in the student-run Asian American Sponsor Program and the 5C Asian American advisory board. He links his student involvement with his work in Asian American Studies courses, which emphasize political engagement, dialogue, and community-building. I am thrilled that Kevin will have the opportunity to integrate his interests in public policy as a tool of social change and in empowering marginalized communities -- whether it is addressing significant Pacific Islander high school drop-out rates, dealing with the higher prevalence of cervical cancer among Vietnamese American women, or tracking post-9-11 hate crimes targeting Arab Americans," Professor Kathy Yep said.

“I hope to eventually pursue a masters degree in public policy and possibly law school. I am also interested in the field of legislative analysis or a career as a lobbyist. I am specifically interested in social policy advocacy for immigration,” Kevin said.

Last summer, Kevin worked in the District Office for California State Senator Gil Cedillo. This experience helped Kevin to examine the issues that shape policies through a more critical, discerning eye. He also serves as a head mentor of the Asian American Sponsor Program at Pitzer.

“Professor Kathy Yep helped introduce me to the field of sociology and has influenced my interest in making a difference through macro large scale change,” Kevin explained.

—Susan Andrews