Video: UW-Green Bay’s Democracy and Justice Studies Program encourages change, innovation
Innovation can be about bringing change to society. Hannah Beauchamp-Pope felt this calling when she saw police brutality and racism in the U.S. She is majoring in Democracy and Justice Studies at UW-Green Bay. “Something that would be powerful for me, giving a voice to people who don’t have a voice. If that’s as a lawyer, as a politician, it’s really just about representation to people who don’t really have that.”
Transcript: I saw the real issues in the world and I you know, when reading about DJS and the things that you can take away from this major, I realized that that’s something I wanted to be a part of. When I recognized that and I look in my community at the things that need to be changed. When I look at the things in our Wisconsin State Government that need to be changed in our representation and if not now, then when? Democracy and Justice Studies is a special group of Scholars who understand power and change and how to affect change and that’s what they’re trying to teach their students. And you know just these small things that make DJS a community because the faculty really truly care. It’s honestly one of the greatest privileges I’ve had. We have of course American Political Thought and I think that that class it really challenged me. It was thinking about different ways that people have thought about how politics should run in America since like it’s founding. Um and then also, Freedom and Social Control class, and that just really changed the way that I thought about the world and the systems and the institutions in which we interact with so, it’s a very powerful course. So, um because I’m listed as a Democracy and Justice Studies major, I had this opportunity sent to me to be a legal intern at the Law Firm of Conway, Olejniczak, & Jerry. And there I’ve been able to do you know, hands-on experience and get you know, the work of what a lawyer someone in that field would want to do. So, it’s been a great experience so far. Something that would be powerful for me would just giving a voice to people who don’t have a voice. If that’s as a lawyer, as a politician, it’s really just about representation to people who don’t really have that. So, I’m Phoenix proud because I have the honor of studying Democracy and Justice Studies, which is special and unique to this campus but also because I get to you know, be in an institution that Believes In Me and is willing to nourish me and even when I’m at my lowest still be there to offer support. So, I am just glad to be here and it’s my last year so, I’m glad to have been a part of it all.