Angelica (Angie) DeDona
Angelica (Angie) DeDona was admiring the original Audubon “Birds of America” prints hanging in Schaffer Library when her mind took flight. It was Accepted Students Day, and though she had no idea where her academic path lay, she immediately got excited about the possibilities.
“I heard the tour guide talking about engineers who were arts minors, and students who were combining physics and philosophy,” she recalls. “My parents were always telling me to concentrate on one thing, so I was happy to learn about students who were exploring multiple fields and professors who really embraced an interdisciplinary focus.”
At Union, Angie was more than ready to spread her scholarly wings. An avid reader, writer and thinker, she was naturally drawn to major in English. She added political science after being inspired by a course in political thought that examined centuries-old principles debated by key Western thinkers, such as democracy, leadership and citizenship.
And though busy with a double major, she added environmental science and policy as a minor, inspired by an introductory course as well as a mini-term abroad in Argentina over a winter break.
“On the mini-term, our Union group got to meet with ecology activists in El Calafate, a town near the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field,” she says. “Witnessing the visibly shrinking icebergs was life changing. It conveyed the urgency of global warming and pushed me to fight harder and faster for a healthy green world.”
She was particularly excited about her senior thesis in political science, which explored the connections between immigration and climate change. She argued that those facing homelessness because of climate shifts should be considered refugees until a new legal definition is created.
Spring of her junior year, she further expanding her knowledge and understanding of the refugee experience while working at a refugee camp on a term abroad in Germany.
Not surprisingly, Angie’s extracurriculars are wide-ranging. She serves on a sustainability committee, holds a work-study job in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and is vice president of Women’s Union. She helped organize a bus ride to the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., and she received the 2016 President’s Commission on the Status of Women Community Service Award.
Even during vacation periods, there’s no break for Angie, who is a contributing writer for the diversity magazine ENSPIRE, covering inner city events in New York.
Thinking ahead, Angie imagines writing for a newspaper or magazine or teaching at the college level someday. She also contemplates pursuing a law degree, with a focus on human rights and immigration.
“I have so many passions that I cannot really imagine myself at one job my entire life,” she says.
She laughs when recalling her parents’ worries about her having too many interests in high school.
“I am really lucky I found a school like Union that encourages me to approach learning as an exploration that never ends,” she says. “I love the academics here. I had been worried about fitting in, but here I found all these amazing people with varied and multiple passions, just like me.”