Sam Kang Wins Coro Fellowship
Sam Kang, a senior diplomacy and world affairs major from Arcadia, has been awarded a Coro fellowship to spend nine months in New York enrolled in the Fellows Program in Public Affairs.
The program starts in September and will give Kang an opportunity to shadow elected officials, department heads and chief executive officers to learn how business gets done in the social, political and economic fabric of a city.
Kang, an Arcadia High graduate, is one of 60 fellows who will serve in Coro centers in New York, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Diego. Each fellow works in a series of assignments with a government agency, business, political campaign, labor union, media organization and non-profit group.
“I believe that this honor reflects how an Occidental education fosters intellectual versatility, so that students are capable and motivated to think about issues and problems beyond their own major,” Kang said. “With the Coro, I’m excited at the opportunity to extend the values that Oxy has instilled in me and challenge myself to be a catalyst for social change.”
Kang will receive a $7,000 stipend and $3,500 for housing. After Coro, Kang said he plans to pursue a law degree or re-activate his application for the Peace Corps.
Coro was founded in San Francisco in 1942 when W. Donald Fletcher, an attorney, and Van Duyn Dodge, an investment counselor, launched an exploration into the world of public affairs. Their premise was based on the realization that, unlike law, business or medicine, post-graduate training in the area of leadership was non-existent. The name “Coro” is the creation of its founders. It was a new word and one without association, invented to represent both discovery and exploration.