Ajanet RountreeI study cultural anthropology because it combines the dreams of the individual with the world of the collective and discovers the interconnections in order to bring an awareness to their interdependence. One of my goals is to increase the international narrative of the female experience—our social significance on cultural change and our need for human rights, specifically as an essential component in the creation and maintenance of peace. When I consider what change I want to see in the world, my immediate thoughts are for the protection of children and the removal of barriers that perpetuate a global environment where girls and women find themselves silenced, objectified, abused, and excluded. Stories of gender disparities and inequalities because of social constructions, patriarchal bias, and misogynistic ideology seem insurmountable; yet I believe with changes in discourse, the laws and infrastructure that perpetuate human rights violations will be a part of world history.  

I want to be an expert in civil rights as it relates to women, social change, and globalization from an anthropological perspective with a focus on human rights and peace. This is the reason for pursuing a Master’s degree in the Anthropology of Peace and Human. Our program is the first of its kind in the South, and is located in the heart of a city known for racial discrimination and injustice that continues today. I am aware that the plight of humanity--particularly those unable to speak up for themselves--influences the life I live. I have resolved to live both my present and future in pursuit of methods and approaches designed to alleviate and eliminate this adversity, so that blind hopes and buried dreams become actualized reality.

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