James Jurgensen

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James Jurgensen is a graduate of The University of the South, with a major in Psychology and minor in Politics and Anthropology. Since being selected for the University of the South’s Bonner Service Internship and Leadership Program as incoming first-year student, James has worked in the community as a youth empowerment mentor at South Pittsburg High School, a diabetes educator at a free clinic in Winchester, and a logistics coordinator for SWEEC: Sewanee Women Engaging & Empowerment Community. Currently, he leads the design and development of the Bonner Program’s curriculum and assessments. In 2017, James also completed a philanthropy internship that included training potential applicants on writing grants, reviewing grant applications, and making $30K in awards to local nonprofits. James’s research has primarily focused on evaluating and increasing access to postsecondary education for students with learning disabilities. He is a coinvestigator on a grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) aimed to increase faculty usage of inclusive pedagogy. He is the first student to be named as an investigator on an ACS grant. He has also been inducted into the Order of the Gown and Psi Chi Honor Society. Immediately following graduation, James moved to Boston to join Accenture as a strategy analyst. He also plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the future.