A member of Villanova Band, Blue Key and Campus Ministry, Rodrigo Rivera ’16 CLAS is planning to eventually attend law school after graduating with degrees in Political Science and Theology. For Rodrigo, his majors work hand in hand. According to Rodrigo, his CLAS education has helped him in his internships and going forward in his career. His classes, especially in Theology, have helped with “how to make an argument” and in remaining respectful and honest when discussing politics and religion.
Much of Rodrigo’s time at Villanova has been dedicated to service. During his sophomore year, Rodrigo was a member of the Service Learning Community and volunteered at a veterans' home. He continued his service contribution as a tutor at Graterford Prison, organized through a Theology, Ethics and Criminal Justice class he took with Kathryn Getek-Soltis, PhD. At Graterford, he led discussion groups with inmates based on readings in Theology and peace and justice. “You get to see the problem first hand and put into practice what you study,” said Rodrigo, who has also taken courses on Third World Politics and the Ethics of War.
This past summer Rodrigo put his studies and experiences of the criminal justice system to use as an intern in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. He was part of the Community Outreach Unit and worked on preventative strategies and parole reform. Rodrigo additionally took Political Science courses over the summer, researching the root causes in the criminal justice system and talking with the police about crimes and misdemeanors.