70% of Southwestern’s student population participates in some form of civic engagement.During the 2012-2013 academic year, 974 students spent nearly 40,000 hours performing co-curricular outreach as volunteers and activists.Our staff helps facilitate these opportunities.
Sarah Puffer is the Coordinator of Civic Engagement at Southwestern University. Puffer graduated from Southwestern in 2014 as as International Studies and Environmental Studies double major. While at Southwestern, Puffer studied abroad in Ecuador where she researched the Ecuadorian rose trade. As a student, Puffer was heavily involved with the Community Garden, Boys and Girls Club and the cross country team. Most recently, she completed an internship with the City of Austin’s Zero-Waste Team. Puffer is passionate about incorporating thoughtful civic engagement and experiential learning opportunities in co-curricular organizations.
Kathryn Reagan is a junior at Southwestern University. She is a computer science major, math minor and unofficially majoring in all things civic engagement. She has been a student worker for the OCE for two years and is in her second year of chairing Sustain, the organization which hosts The BIG Event! She is also a service vice president in Alpha Phi Omega and a member of Southwestern’s Computer Science Club as well as the Honor Code Council. Reagan is passionate about women in technology (like Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper) and empowering individuals to get involved with their community. In particular, she is very connected to and fond of the Georgetown community.