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Riley Dolan

Pacific Lutheran University
Student/Civic Engagement Director
I am currently a Junior at Pacific Lutheran University studying Political Science and Hispanic Studies. I am passionate about international education, evidenced by my study away experiences in Leon, Nicaragua and Oxford, England, along with my participation in my university's International Honors program, my internship/research project in Guatemala last summer and my current study away trip in Uruguay to learn about the history, culture, and advanced Spanish.

My academic excellence is demonstrated by my 3.98 GPA, membership in the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, participation in the International Honors program including being one of 15 students selected to study abroad at the University of Oxford for 6 months, and selection as the Humanities Scholar, given to a single student in the Humanities.

I am also passionate about service. In the summer of 2016 I traveled with my university and the nonprofit Living Water to Nicaragua to build a well in a community without safe water access. Additionally, I have volunteered at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital and Seattle Children's Hospital as a music performer, tutored high school students at Peace Community Center, conducted a campaign to raise over $5,000 for a PLU alum to visit his home country of South Sudan, volunteered multiple times through my university's Center for Community Engagement and Service for various projects, and voluntarily led a grant writing team to raise over $22,000 for my high school's STEM program. In April 2016 I was recognized by my university for my service by receiving the Gladys Mortvedt Voluntary Service Award and the Anderson-Van Beek Service Scholarship.

This school year I am working as the Civic Engagement Director for the Associated Students of Pacific Lutheran University, as well as a Kelmer Roe Research Fellow in the Hispanic Studies department. Additionally, I am a Vocational Programs intern for the Wild Hope Center for Vocation at PLU.

If you would like to contact me for any reason please email me at rileydolan2@gmail.com