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What RC Alumni Are Saying

Dhani Jones
Host of CNBC show "Adventure Capitalists", Former NFL Player
Individualized Concentration ‘00
"It's amazing all the things that translated from the Residential College into the way that I think now, to the work that I do or where I stay and how I've moved through space."


Heidi Elizabeth Philipsen-Meissner
Film Director and Producer in Hamburg, Germany
Independent Concentration: Film, Theatre, and German Literature ‘95
“Go for it. Be bold. Take chances. Figure out where all the edges around the periphery around YOU are and push them as far outward as you possibly can. You are surrounded by the most supportive school in the galaxy."


Nicholas Bratton
Chief Operating Officer - Global Exploration and Recovery, LLC
Geological Sciences/French ‘98
"Switching gears between arctic exploration, sustainability, and writing about travels in South Africa feels like a natural extension of the multidisciplinary spirit of the RC.”


Mariama Lockington
Student programs, Kentucky YMCA Youth Association
Published author
Creative Writing/African American Studies ‘07
“The RC is where I learned the importance of community service, and where I made some of my long-lasting friendships.”


Eric Weltman
Senior Organizer - Food & Water Watch
Creative Writing ‘89
“I experienced a lot of freedom in the RC -- to be myself -- to be creative, to be weird, to be wacky, to have fun.  I pushed a lot of boundaries at the RC -- it allowed me to be bold, to explore identities and ideas. I continue to be bold, push boundaries, and attempt to do the impossible. ”


Michelle Segar
Director, U-M Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center, Author of "No Sweat"
Independent Concentration: Socialization and Culture ‘88
“My degree from the RC has been pivotal in the nuanced and distinct way I approach behavior change - not in the mind of the individual but in our minds as contextualized within the culture we learned to think about and approach behaviors like exercise as well as our own self-care.”


Mike North
Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations - New York University Stern School of Business
Psychology ‘06
“I am a big supporter of the RC, and I mention it whenever I can as integral in shaping my passion for teaching undergraduates and shaping their lives (hopefully for the better!).”

Darian Razdar
(you can find him on the pilot episode of the RC Podcast at this link)
Master student in Urban Planning, Univ. of Toronto
Social Theory and Practice and French and Francophone Studies, '18
"The RC is somewhere that’s really special for me and I’ve been saying this for a few years now: I probably would have transferred outside of UMich if I was not in the RC. And literally, almost everything I’ve done here has been supported by the RC."

Check out this testimony from RC alum Sarah Scantamburlo, ’01 Creative Writing and Social Science, from Michigan Alumnus, Spring 2020.