Cory Deppe’s not afraid to sleep in tulip fields, invite the homeless over for dinner, or pool all his resources with his housemates.
“He takes the ‘road less traveled,’” says Professor of Geography Kathleen Braden. That road led him to help Braden design the new global development major. This spring he became the program’s first graduate. “As Christians we are transformed and empowered to live for the well-being of others,” he says. “We are all equal participants in God’s abundant world.”
Post-graduation, Deppe plans to travel to Tiquisio, Colombia, to learn about violence-reduction efforts from a group he says he’s long admired — Christian Peacemaker Teams. From there he will hike to Peru to work for Bookseed, an organization that distributes books to school children in marginalized communities around Latin America.
And his long-term career plans?
“Lot’s of things,” Deppe says. “I imagine various seasons of work inside NGOs and social enterprises, both internationally and domestically. And I may specialize in the field of non-violent conflict resolution or deal with issues of food sovereignty. I pray God will use me in all situations.”