Dylan Craddock, a senior international studies and Spanish major from Colorado Springs, CO, has been selected to receive a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for the 2019-2020 academic year. She will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Peru.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for English teaching assistantships as well as for individually designed study/research projects. Recipients are chosen for their academic merit and intellectual potential.
“In Peru, I will work at a university that trains local English teachers. Since the teaching is only 25 hours a week, I will also work on a personal project and either do research, work for a local nonprofit, or both. I’m excited to teach in a university setting, as I am hoping to make Peruvian friends and really immerse myself in whatever town I’m placed,” says Craddock.
As a Rhodes Buckman Fellowship awardee in 2017, Craddock studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she also worked for the nonprofit Fundación Pilares, conducting interviews with program recipients, doing fundraising work, and occasionally tutoring in its education program. Locally, Craddock worked as an intern for Latino Memphis in 2018 through the Rhodes Summer Service Fellowship. She made appointments for clients regarding immigration issues, translated documents, and organized referral information.
“For the Fulbright, I chose Peru because it is the perfect combination of many of my academic interests— indigenous rights, women's rights, and environmental issues. It also has an active civil society and many grassroots movements, which is something I’m excited to see and compare with my past experiences,” says Craddock. “Peru is also one of the most biodiverse nations in the world, which will allow me to bring my passion for outdoor education into my teaching.”
Currently, Craddock serves as an intern at Memphis in May for the International Education Program and is a research assistant for Jennifer Sciubba, the Stanley J. Buckman Professor of International Studies.
“She and Professor Amy Risley of the international studies department have been incredibly influential throughout my college career,” says Craddock. “They have encouraged my passion for research and are major reasons I decided to apply for a Fulbright. Professor Risley was my senior seminar professor and was fundamental in the completion of my research on Latin American Motherist movements and Cold War politics, and I have taken just about every class she offers. Professor Sciubba has allowed me to continue my love for research as her research assistant, and working closely with her on various projects has been a highlight of my college career.”
On campus, Craddock is a member of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society and Sigma Iota Rho International Studies Honor Society, and has served as editor of Modus Vivendi: International Studies Department Journal. She also is a member of Tri-Delta sorority, and this year she has been invited to accept membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious academic organization in the U.S.
Upon returning to the U.S, Craddock hopes to either pursue a graduate degree in international development with a focus on gender and Latin America, or work for a nonprofit focusing on international development or women’s issues.
Craddock is a graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School.