Mary Maloney, class of 2014, is a Peace and Justice Studies minor doing great work. She was attracted to the Peace and Justice Studies minor because it encompassed a wide variety of her interests including philosophy, religion, anthropology, and gender studies. Her first course in the minor, Philosophical Perspectives of Justice, with professor Portmess, allowed Mary to understand more nuanced perspectives on issues of justice in American society.
Mary works at the Center for Public Service as a program coordinator for an adult ESL program in the Gettysburg community. Peace and Justice Studies have helped her to develop a broader global perspective that allows her to recognize the relationship between gender, food, education, poverty, race, location, and work. Mary felt that studying abroad in Chile gave her the ability to contextualize the ideas that she gleaned from her Peace and Justice Studies curriculum while developing her Spanish language skills. She was interested in how Chilean society has dealt with a post dictatorial government since the fall of the Pinochet regime. “While I was there, university students were marching and protesting for better quality and lower cost of education.” This type of demonstration was unheard of during the Pinochet regime.
Mary believes that “The Peace and Justice Studies minor teaches you to think through the lens of systemic issues- an invaluable skill that prepares students for life after college.”
Peace and Justice Studies encouraged her to seek alternative news sources and challenge the accepted perspective. Mary also volunteered abroad in León, Nicaragua through the Heston Summer Experience. She was surprised by the poverty that she witnessed in Nicaragua as she worked with preschool children. She feels that her time in Nicaragua taught her much about patience and humility.
“I will continue challenging what I hold true, by surrounding myself with diverse viewpoints. I will continue to seek and encourage justice, and actively try to hear the voice of the underrepresented.”