The Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs is pleased to announce its first School of Theology and Ministry (STM) student intern, Ms. Shannon Britton. Ms. Britton is pursuing a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership at STM and will support the Center’s work with practitioners and scholars around problem-solving for more effective faith-based responses to pressing social issues, like homelessness and unaffordable housing.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, Britton served as a Graduate Student Affiliate. In this role, she participated in Puget Sound Network meetings and the second Symposium on Homelessness alongside scholars, community partners, Seattle University faculty and other School of Theology and Ministry students. She also took part in the Center’s three-course professional development series, Building Skills for Faith-Based Community Development.
Over the coming months, Ms. Britton will be supporting the 2018-2019 thematic working group process and conducting research on the social issues the Center is considering for its next cycle.
When asked about her goals for the internship, Britton, who is also the Grounds and Landscaping Manager at Seattle University, shared, “I hope to learn what leadership skills practitioners are applying in their work to address homelessness. What attributes make them effective in their collaboration efforts with other community partners? What methods do they find most effective in raising awareness of social issues?” She added, “I think this will be an exciting year. I look forward to the adventure.”