Student Successes

Ashley Brooks

M.A. Philanthropic Studies

What degree are you working toward?

Masters of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?

IU school of Philanthropy is the first school of its kind exploring all aspects of philanthropy. In addition the school proves to be consistently adding value to its degrees through its research projects such as Giving USA or the Human Needs Index.

What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?

When leaving my weekly class, I feel energized, inspired, and a deep feeling that I truly am on a path to create positive and lasting change in the world! In a way, it is a weekly feeling of accomplishment that I am understanding, learning and gaining extensive knowledge in this field.

My favorite academic accomplishment is not so much an accomplishment but rather the experience of classroom discussions. I am taken aback by the input from my surrounding classmates. When leaving my weekly class, I feel energized, inspired, and a deep feeling that I truly am on a path to create positive and lasting change in the world! In a way, it is a weekly feeling of accomplishment that I am understanding, learning and gaining extensive knowledge in this field.

What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?

Indy has something for everyone! I’ve practiced in community runs; visited war monuments; seen spectacular theater/symphony productions; watched a Colts and Pacers game; walked through farmers markets; picked apples and pumpkins for Halloween; enjoyed the local brewery scene. The list could continue from there and it has only been the first year! I highly encourage new (and current) residents to fully explore what Indianapolis has to offer, I guarantee you’ll be blown away!

Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.

I am the Graduate Assistant with the development department at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. I get the opportunity to see the fundraising operations of a higher education institution in the form of alumni giving, corporate sponsorship and grants, as well as giving by individual and high net worth donors. IU School of Philanthropy continuously provides the opportunity to give and get involved with the school – a contagious behavior I hope to mimic in my future endeavors.