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Falcon Spotlight - Kathryn Clark

Kathryn ClarkKathryn Clark, 2015

  • ESOL Coordinator
  • DSC employee since 2012

    Degrees and schools where awarded: B.A. Anthropology, Indiana University; M.A. International Relations/Conflict Resolution, University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)

    Career/Professional honors: Awarded Rotary Peace Fellowship, co-authored the “International Guidebook to Fort Wayne” and received recognition in the book “500 Ways to Save the World.”

    Outside interests: Exploring the outdoors and new places, listening to great music and spending time with friends and family.

    What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I directed a refugee resettlement office for the International Rescue Committee and a translation, resource and referral program for the American Red Cross.

    What professional projects are you working on right now? I am just wrapping up this year’s “IME Becas” scholarship program. The acronym IME translates to Institute for Mexicans Abroad and “becas” means “scholarships.” This program has provided amazing support to some very motivated, achievement-oriented students, and it’s been an honor to work with the students, the Mexican government officials and with DSC colleagues from various departments.

    What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience?  Seeing students achieve their goals, collaborating interdepartmentally and with outside agencies in order to maximize opportunities for student success.

    What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? The next goal on the list is to finish attaining my Florida State Supreme Court Mediation Certification.

    In life? To try hang gliding!

    What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Stay calm, be brave and look for signs.

    One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I used to happily own/operate a coffeehouse named Gaia Flavors, which showcased and supported local artists, musicians, bakers and free-trade, organic coffee distributors. 

    Last book read: “10% Happier” by Dan Harris

    If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? “Just add water,” as I am always on the lookout for great places to swim.

    Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? Kenyan environmental and political activist Wangari Mathai, Burmese politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., all for taking risks in working relentlessly and nonviolently for human rights, environmental protection, equality and justice. They readily exemplify what a powerful and positive impact a motivated individual can make.

    The Daytona State of Mind to me means staying focused on the ideal outcome, being creative and persistent in overcoming obstacles, and celebrating successes. 

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Last updated: 2015-07-22T19:07:03.272Z