Political Science

Katie Gordon

My hometown when I was a student was

North Muskegon, Mich.

I graduated in

2013

I studied

Religious Studies and Political Science

I currently live in

Grand Rapids, Mich.

I am now

the Program Manager for the Kaufman Interfaith Institute. KII is a non-profit housed at Grand Valley State University that works both in the community and on campus to promote interfaith understanding and appreciation.

Since graduating from Alma

Since graduating from Alma, I have moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., where I have been working as Program Manager for an interfaith organization, and also as a part-time Newsroom/production Intern at the local NPR-affiliate. I have also stayed involved in my new community of Eastown/downtown Grand Rapids, where I regularly volunteer and help promote community events. For instance, I help coordinate a group called “Pub Theology,” which meets weekly to discuss issues of religious and non-religious identity, community, and more over some of our great, local micro-brews. 

My Alma education

The unique opportunities available to me because of the small student body size and focused attention from advisers and professors helped me discover the multiple passions I am pursuing today, including interfaith, public radio, global affairs, and more. Further, the experiences that Alma provided me through leadership development and international travel set me apart from other job applicants and helped me get a job in my field within three months of graduation.

My favorite place(s) on campus included

The WQAC radio station! Beyond my studies, I was a DJ, then Music Director, and then General Manager of the student radio station. The office and DJ booth were a place to go to just enjoy music and friends

My favorite professors(s) included

All of the professors I had at Alma did so much for me, it’s hard to choose just one. However, one in particular combined all of my scattered passions into one common theme. Dr. Ed Lorenz, director of the Public Affairs Institute, helped me see how political science and religious studies come together to promote social justice and interfaith activism. I was also fortunate enough to travel across Europe twice and to New Mexico twice with him, having great conversations on trains and during hikes along the way.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

My four years on the Model United Nations team. Dr. Hulme proved over and over to be one of the greatest advocates for his students, and the team was always much more like a family than anything else. The program allowed me to travel more than I ever dreamt possible, taught me how to meaningfully engage myself in global affairs, and introduced me to an incredible group of people who are passionate about improving the world around them. 

My off-campus study experience(s) included

I did a P-Global to Dharamsala, India, in 2010 where I volunteered with community development issues. Not only did I get to experience a cross-cultural issue on the ground, but I got to experience the religious culture of India, which ultimately led to my study of the field.

I also participated in a Spring Term that traveled throughout Europe and studied the History of War & Human Rights in World War II and beyond. We traveled through Spain, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Poland, where we visited everything from small non-profits, to museums, to large inter-governmental organizations.