With justice — and basic human needs — for all

Honors graduate Sarah Moser to continue with accelerated master's, aims to effect change on larger scale

May 2, 2016

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here.

Sarah Moser is a Barrett, the Honors College student who is graduating with bachelor of science degrees in justice studies and sociology from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was selected as a Bidstrup Undergraduate Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year in recognition of her commitment to academic excellence. She is using the funds provided by the fellowship to carry out her thesis project involving female service providers on a local and national level, with a specific focus on the underrepresentation of female firefighters. Sarah Moser Download Full Image

Question: What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you wanted to study the field you majored in?

Answer: I majored justice studies and sociology because I initially thought I wanted to attend law school.

Q: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you, that changed your perspective?

A: When first attending ASU I was initially surprised at the amount of coursework posted online. This was the first time that my reading material, assignments and tests were based online even though I was attending in-person classes. I realized quickly that a computer was necessary for success in college!

Q: Why did you choose ASU?

A: I chose to attend ASU because of the scholarships and aid offered, and because I was interested in pursuing a justice studies degree.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school?

A: I would advise students to attend office hours. Forming a relationship with a few professors can lead to possible research opportunities, letters of recommendation and improved test scores. Plus, finding a mentor is actually really helpful when trying to survive and navigate through college.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: After I graduate in May, I will continue at ASU to pursue my master's degree in justice studies with the 4+1 program. After my master's, I hope to work for the federal government to address some policy-relevant social and justice issues.

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem on our planet, what would you tackle?

A: I think that there are many local and global issues that need addressing; specifically, I think it is crucial to address issues of basic human needs — food, water, shelter. These basic human rights should be ensured and provided to all, and with $40 million dollars, I think that positive change could happen.

Bryan Beach

Communications specialist, School of Social Transformation


ASU Insight: Dr. Howard Gardner - Beyond wit and grit

ASU Insight: Dr. Howard Gardner - Beyond wit and grit

May 3, 2016

ASU Insight: Dr. Howard Gardner - Beyond wit and grit from ASU Now on Vimeo. Howard Gardner, Frank Rhodes, Harvard, Arizona State University Dr. Howard Gardner speaking at Arizona State University Download Full Image

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero. Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981 and the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education in 1990. He has received honorary degrees from thirty-one colleges and universities, including institutions in Bulgaria, Chile, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, and Spain. He has twice been selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world. In 2011, Gardner received the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, and in 2015, he was awarded the Brock International Prize in Education.

The Frank Rhodes Lecture on the Creation of the Future: A Lecture Series for a New American University began in 2011 at the direction of ASU President Crow. Each semester an individual with a commitment to institutional innovation visits ASU to deliver a public lecture and meet with members of ASU and the community.

Ken Fagan

Videographer, ASU Now