M.S. in Event Tourism
Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
I’ve noticed many individuals relocate for graduate school, especially in my industry. For me, this was not the case. During my undergrad at IUPUI I was given unique opportunities to connect with my passion for community development and marketing in an urban setting. Indy’s culture, local organizations, and people became my family and home. Most importantly, the faculty and staff became my primary support group and mentors. I couldn’t imagine leaving IUPUI after my first four years, so I decided to stay and continue my growth here.
What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
I was honored to be recognized as one of IUPUI’s Civic Minded Students through the 2021 William M. Plater Medallion. This award speaks to the dedication I have to IUPUI and the Indianapolis community through service, education, and my career.
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
Coming from a small rural town in southern Indiana, I fell in love with the diversity and range of opportunities within Indianapolis. The urban core is constantly developing and progressing forward. I felt like I had found a place to truly learn and grow continuously. The range of public spaces, locally owned businesses, and entertainment experiences enhance the quality of life for students beyond campus
Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.
Currently I am a researcher for the School of Health and Human Sciences within the Department of Tourism, Events, and Sport Management. My research focuses on improving the quality of life for residents within destinations/cities interested in using tourism for economic, social, and environmental impact. Specifically, I am currently studying the organizational behavior of tourism governmental, quasi-governmental, and non-profit organizations throughout the United States; and their level of engagement with the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. My intention is to communicate current sustainability efforts in one of the world’s largest industries and spread awareness of sustainable development to protect the wellbeing of our future and generations to come.