CRIM 451: Race, Crime, and Justice
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Casey Sennett

Liberal Arts Majors: Anthropology, History, Jewish Studies
Other Major: Middle East Studies
Minor: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Global and International Studies
Hometown: Philipsburg, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

I participated in an embedded trip to Curacao during fall break for CRIM 451: Race, Crime, and Justice. During the trip, we visited the University of Curacao, Human Rights Defense Curacao, the U.S. Consulate, and other advocacy organizations to learn about race and the criminal justice system in Curacao.

How did this experience impact you academically?

As a student outside of the Criminology department, the experience exposed me to an unfamiliar discipline. The experience pushed me to think critically and consider how I can incorporate what I learned on the trip in my own research and fields of study.

"The experience pushed me to think critically and consider how I can incorporate what I learned on the trip in my own research and fields of study."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

After I graduate, I intend to work in education or public programming at a Jewish history or Holocaust Museum. The ability to tour different museums in Curacao gave me a more expansive knowledge of international museum practices and heritage management.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Through the Career Enrichment Network in the College of the Liberal Arts, I learned about the program and received funds to support the experience. Without the scholarships I received from the College of the Liberal Arts, I would not have been able to participate in the experience, which enhanced both my academic and personal growth.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program encourages students to take advantage of as many professional and academic opportunities as possible while at Penn State. No matter what opportunity I decide to participate in, I feel supported by the program and strive to fulfill the program’s mission.

For more information on study abroad for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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