Outstanding Graduates Social Science
Kameron Vogt '18 used to see the world in black and white, as clear-cut. “After my time here, I am more comfortable with being uncomfortable and am able to enter into discussions that I would have written off as dumb a few years ago,” he says. “Westmont provided an opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussions regarding difficult topics in an environment conducive to growth.” Kameron and his wife, Willow, plan to move to Texas. “Whatever I end up doing, I hope it involves being outside, interacting with people that I care about and leaving plenty of time to give to my family.”
Elizabeth Beebe '17 is a thoughtful, engaged, compassionate student who makes connections across topics and asks penetrating questions. Lizzy embodies a spirit of intellectual curiosity and seeks fully to understand with both mind and heart the issues being discussed. She engages her colleagues and faculty with generosity, interest, and humility. She also seeks to translate knowledge into action. That impulse took her to India last summer to study social justice issues and this semester to the Westmont Downtown program where she has integrated her broad training in social science with her commitment to community impact. As an intern at Old Skool Cafe, a San Francisco supper club staffed by at-risk youth, Lizzy has worked to assess the feasibility of opening a location in Santa Barbara. Through this demanding work, she has demonstrated both keen leadership and cultural sensitivity.
Sarah Lankford '16 has been a delightful presence in our classes—her sense of humor, her attentiveness to others and commitment to learning have been exemplary. Her adventurous spirit and passion for other cultures has led her off-campus—most recently to the Middle East where she completed her degree in the Spring of 2016. We will miss her whimsical mind, her intelligence, and her graciousness.