36 Saint Joseph’s Graduates Commit to Full-Time Service

Among them is Dan Soucy ’18, recipient of the American India Foundation's William J. Clinton Fellowship to serve full-time in India for a year.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

by Katie Smith '15

Anthony Bourdain once said of the transformative power of travel, “As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly, leave marks behind — however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you."

Travel for Dan Soucy ’18 has been no exception. The recent graduate from Bedford, New Hampshire, has racked up nearly 15 passport stamps in his 22 years — the majority during his college career.

“I wanted to push myself outside of my comfort zone in college,” says Soucy, who studied international relations. “Learning about people, places and cultures different from my own seemed like the best way to do that. Saint Joseph’s offered me a variety of opportunities to clarify exactly what these interests meant.”

And he certainly pushed himself. In addition to his study of international politics, Asian studies and history, Soucy held numerous positions across campus during his four years. He offered campus tours as a Hawk Host, facilitated service-learning experiences as a Service Scholar in the Faith-Justice Institute, acted as student director and leader for the Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP) to welcome freshmen and served in three alternative spring break trips to the Appalachian region through APEX and one to Peru through the Winter Immersion Program.

Soucy also studied abroad in the fall 2016 semester at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics in Pune, India. Fully immersed in the area’s language and culture, he felt the nagging pull of wanderlust and international connection.

"Even though I was really excited to get back to SJU, I already could tell that I would want to return to India in the future,” says Soucy.

He received a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State for the summer of 2017 to continue his study of Hindi at the American Institute of Indian Studies Summer Language Program, in Jaipur, India. The scholarship is a part of the Competitive Language Program, a United States government effort to increase the number of Americans studying abroad and mastering critical foreign languages.

“I love expanding my knowledge of the world through experiential and classroom settings,” Soucy adds.

Continuing his dedication to cultural immersion and relationship-based service, Soucy has received a number of postgraduate offers in the realm of international relations and development. The American Indian Foundation awarded him a William J. Clinton Fellowship, which sponsors between 20 and 30 yearlong fellows to work in non-profit organizations throughout India. He will spend the next year with the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative in New Delhi, which works to improve quality of life through education and community activism.

He also received offers from the Peace Corps, a two-year co-teaching position in Thailand, and the University of Cambridge’s master of philosophy program in international relations and politics.

“I am thrilled to work closely with a program that connects such a wide array of deeply impactful non-profit organizations with a diverse group of motivated fellows,” says Soucy. “Throughout the application process, I learned about previous Clinton fellows and the non-profit organizations they worked with. Each engaged with the Indian communities in a thoughtful and impactful way. I hope to emulate and build upon the great work they have already done and in the process, develop deep ties with the new communities and people I have the privilege to meet.”

Whether on a service trip or during a semester in South Asia, travel has clearly changed Soucy — and he will change the world, in return.

Learn about Soucy's Critical Language Scholarship and study abroad experience:

Soucy is one of 32 recent graduates who have committed to a year of full-time postgraduate service in local, national and international programs. In addition, four members of the Class of 2017 have committed to a second service term, bringing the number of volunteers to 36.

“Saint Joseph’s is proud to recognize these graduates who are committing a year or more of their lives to serving others and the greater good,” says University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. “Our hope is that each graduate leaves the University inspired to use what they were given and what they learned here to do something for others.”

See where our Hawks are serving this upcoming year. An * indicates the Class of 2017 graduate has committed to a second year of service.

The Alliance for Catholic Education, University of Notre Dame (ACEND)

  • Eric Adjei-Danquah ’17 - Atlanta, Georgia*

The Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University (ACESJU) - Philadelphia

  • Julia Abbattista
  • Dani Bouchard
  • Megan Burke
  • Francesca DeSapio
  • Jacob Diehl
  • Sinead Merriman

Amate House

  • Julian Zuzarte - Chicago, Illinois

American India Foundation’s William J. Clinton Fellowship - India

  • Dan Soucy

Bilingual Education for Central America (BECA) - Honduras

  • Cassandra Benavides

Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry - Baltimore, Maryland 

  • Rebecca Judge 

City Year

  • Erica Baumley - Philadelphia
  • Destiny Green - Philadelphia
  • Ann Marie Maloney - Philadelphia
  • Eugene Ramos - San Jose, California
  • Katherine Walsh - Dallas, Texas

Covenant House

  • David Powis - Atlantic City, New Jersey

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

  • Candace Hightower - Newark, New Jersey
  • Elizabeth Piet - Houston, Texas
  • Matthew Walker - San Antonio, Texas
  • Kathleen Woods - Portland, Maine

Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest 

  • Bridget Mullen - Seattle

Maggie’s Place

  • Erin Noonan - Phoenix, Arizona

Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education at Loyola Marymount University (PLACE Corps) - Los Angeles, California

  • Sabrina Blakley

Peace Corps

  • Thomas Lafferty ’17 (M.S.)* - Swaziland

Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers at Providence College (PACT) - Pawtucket, Rhode Island

  • Jacob Norberg
  • Catherine Sciortino ’17

Rostro de Cristo - Guayaquil, Ecuador

  • Jess Pareja
  • Lizzy Raffo

Teach for America

  • Cassandra Buer ’17 - New Orleans, Louisiana*
  • Connor Plasha ’17 - Jacksonville, Florida*
  • Victoria Tralies - Phoenix, Arizona

Urban Catholic Teaching Corps at Boston College - Brockton, Massachusetts

  • Morgan Falvey

Urban Servant Corps - Denver, Colorado

  • Caroline Galvin 
  • Katie Winslow

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