Summer 2014| Posse Chicago Quarterly

  

Connecticut Scholar Wins Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

Anthony Sis, a 2014 graduate of Connecticut College, won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English and American culture studies at a public university in Villa Real, Portugal. Anthony, who graduated with a degree in government and a certificate in public policy and community action, credits his success to his Posse and to his Posse mentor, Jefferson Singer.

“Looking back at my four years at Connecticut, I realize that I would not be here if it wasn’t for my Posse,” says Anthony. “All 11 members of my Posse graduated this spring—a testament to the strength of our group as a Posse and our mentor who was able to keep us together.”

While at Connecticut, Anthony was involved in the spoken word club and co-founded a poetry group at the New London Public High School with his Posse member Asia Calcagno. In Villa Real, Anthony will facilitate a workshop that uses the creative arts—specifically spoken word poetry, dance and music—to discuss mental and sexual health with local college students.

Anthony sits on the Youth Advisory Board for Youth Tech Health, a national initiative that exists to advance the health of young adults through technology. Last summer he was the youth development intern for the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health.

“The Fulbright is so important to me,” says Anthony. “As a first-generation college student, I realize that I have been afforded an opportunity that I—much less my family—never thought about. I always try to focus on my passions and Fulbright will serve as a catalyst for innovative ways to merge these passions with education.”

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