When deciding to attend Berea College, I knew that I would have to put my part in the progress my home town was making on pause. However, through learning more about EPG and talking with Dr. Hackbert, I realized that this program would help me to develop the skills I needed to impact Appalachia in a meaningful way. Entrepreneurship for the Public Good and its purpose to push the world forward aligns with my own passion to make positive social change. Moreover, as I grew connections with the EPG fellows, I realized that EPG was not producing change talkers, but change makers-- I could not allow this opportunity to pass me by.
Communications/Theatre and English
Breanna Lawson spent nine weeks in the summer of 2018 as an intern with Cru’s Crossroads Internship in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Cru, an interdenominational Christian ministry, provides the unique “crossroads” of a professional internship and summer mission experience. Crossroads Interns are challenged vocationally in film, design, and writing while growing spiritually. Breanna served Cru movements across the nation through four film projects, but had the opportunity to provide feedback to her design and writing teammates frequently. She further developed invaluable skills in ethical responsibility, creativity, professionalism, and Christ-centered work. Her supervisor was Karen Mechler, the studio lead for Creative 1 Media, and her primary advisor was Dr. Kennaria Brown and her secondary advisor was Dr. Peter Hackbert. Breanna majored in Communication and minored in Appalachian Studies.