T.I. is a junior majoring in international studies, religious studies, human rights and Spanish in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. He was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU to intern with the non-governmental organization Hope for the Silent Voices.
While the past month I’ve spent working for Hope For the Silent Voices hasn’t been quite as riveting as the time I actually spent in Panama, it was satisfying in the sense that I could behold the fruits of my labor. It’s impossible to separate the highly emotional nature of the work we did working with children from the magnitude of the impact it had on all of us; still, I may never see Ruth score a goal with the soccer ball that we left her and her friends, as I might never see which child ends up with the giant stuffed bear we ergonomically (and miraculously) packed into three quarters of a suitcase to leave with them. I’ll never [...]