Student Spotlight - Prithak Chowdhury

March 14, 2014

Q: What are you involved in on campus?

A: My involvement currently for this semester is: chair of Lead4Justice organizing committee, Peer Mentor, ABS Leader, HOPE leader, ITS Coordinator, IDEAS program co-facilitator, Academic Peer mentor, DiverCity, Alcohol and Other Drugs Committee, College Disciplinary Committee, Campus Ministry retreat leader.

Q: Tell me about the Lead4Justice conference that will be going on in March.

A: Lead4Justice is an attempt to change the culture of “the Stonehill bubble” by showing that live, present and a multitude of students, staff and faculty at Stonehill care about issues. This initiative is an attempt to bring all those who care, to actively engage with each other and live out our mission of thinking, acting, and leading for a more just and compassionate world in its most basic form. We, as students want to involve our peers in this dialogue of justice and activism by showing that we care and they are not alone. Thus, Lead4Justice is the first student run, student planned, and student led effort to express our empowered voice as a collective community of learners. It is to show our community that change can happen if enough of us believe in it.

Q: You are involved in many clubs and organizations on campus, what do you take away from being so active in the Stonehill community?

A: I think I would do a disservice to my experience in college and in the United States of America if I did not engage in the best way possible. Stonehill has given me a lot, starting from a scholarship to friends and family. I haven’t been home for the past two years now, but I very rarely miss my family because Stonehill makes me feel at home. My involvement on campus is just my way of giving back to the community. And being active also makes sure that I am using my education for the best purpose possible. If I just left my education to the books, I would say I am doing a disservice to my experience of education in the first place. So, being involved in the community that I call home is only fair.

Q: This past weekend you were a leader on the Christ Encounters Campus Ministry retreat. What was that experience like?

A: Religiously, I identify as a Hindu. So many people usually get confused as to why I get involved with a retreat that is very much grounded in the Christian faith and tradition. But, I would say, that’s exactly the point. Experiencing a different faith is part of experiencing diversity, and the catch is to not just recognize it as diversity but to see how you can connect to the experience of people so different from yourself. I think that is where the strength of diversity lies in being open to experience. Having been a leader in the Christ Encounters retreat, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet, engage and get to know 50 something other people, who all had different faith traditions and were still able to connect with each other. It was an invigorating feeling to be part of this experience.