McKendree Hickory

McKendree HickoryI was originally attracted to SPU through a lecture by Dr. Brian Bantum on his book, Redeeming Mulatto. I was also hooked by Seattle Pacific’s tagline of “engaging the culture and changing the world,” and believed SPU would be an incredible place to attend grad school.

So I looked into their psychology programs and learned (for the first time) of I-O Psych — and was floored by the program. I was intrigued by what seemed like true passion for making the world of work better for all people. I found that no other program was going to be able to offer me what SPU did.

Watching the plan unfold, my faith has grown. Some of the opportunities I have been handed are nothing short of divine, and my faith has constantly been encouraged. Also, being able to have conversations about how my faith impacts my life and work, and to realize there is no separation … I’ve seen how faith truly does inform all areas of my life.

My experience here has also helped me to develop and even find parts of myself that I did not know I had. It has forced me into challenging situations that have stretched every part of me. I know the work I would like to pursue will be no different, and thus I feel ready.

After graduation, I hope to pursue work in either an academic or a not-for profit sector. I am passionate about race, ethnicity, and culture, and how they impact our lives. I would love to be working for an organization that was either helping build diverse communities, or seeking to alleviate injustice.

In a word, my experience here has been phenomenal. I could not have asked for a more committed, passionate, and dedicated faculty and student (and alumni) community. This experience has shaped so much of who I will become. I will be forever thankful for the amazing people I have been blessed to work with here. It’s been absolutely amazing in so many ways.

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