Through his role as the Domestic Fellowship Advisor, Ryan connects students with U.S. based social justice opportunities that align with their academic goals and desires for genuine connection with community-based organizations and non-profits.
Ryan is very committed to working against social injustices and advocating for human rights. Currently he is an advanced practice Master of Social Service candidate at the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR). His area of concentration is Community Practice, Policy, and Advocacy. He also works as a research assistant at the GSSWSR and serves as a student representative on the school’s Policy Committee as well as for its Macro Social Work Student Network chapter. During his first year there he worked with refugee and immigrant communities in South and Northeast Philadelphia.
Prior to graduate school Ryan received a BA in Letters, Arts, and Sciences from Penn State University, where he also completed minors in History and Psychology. He spent two years as a research coordinator for an ongoing ethnographic project that emphasized the voices of marginalized Asian-American Buddhist communities.
Coming from a background in creative arts and mindfulness/consciousness studies Ryan seeks to apply awareness raising practices to social justice work.