Immersed in Social Justice and Campus Life

Diana Arntz Potts

11/30/2011

Doctoral student Diana Arntz Potts is fulfilling her goal of advocating for social justice while involving herself with the campus community by serving as a service-learning graduate fellow at the S.O.U.L.S. Community Service and Service Learning Center.

Potts, a Seattle native who is pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology, is responsible for organizing and assisting service-learning classes and supporting the service-learning faculty assistants in her role at the S.O.U.L.S. Center.

“Since this is my first year at Suffolk, I wanted to find a graduate fellowship in which I could become integrated within the University community -- with undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, other departments,” said Potts. “I also wanted to learn more about nonprofit advocate organizations and the diverse communities with which they collaborate throughout

Potts, who has experience as a mental health counselor and as an assistant clinical director of a psychiatric treatment program, hopes eventually to become a professor, researcher, psychologist, and advocate for social justice.

She said that even those with busy schedules can find time to volunteer.

Her message to fellow students: “S.O.U.L.S. has a number of amazing ongoing and one-time volunteer opportunities that will enrich your experience as an undergraduate or graduate student at Suffolk University.”

Her family has served as inspiration for Potts when it comes to social justice, particularly her grandfather.

“My grandfather was a role model and mentored me around respecting myself and my community, appreciating and acknowledging privileges in my life, and being an active force for social change to remedy injustices at a local, national, and international level.

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