Erik Franze

My name is Erik and I am a junior majoring in Political Science and Environmental Studies and pursuing a certificate in American Indian Studies. I grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin, which is just outside Milwaukee, and was raised in a progressive Presbyterian family. I am active on campus at Pres House, and especially passionate about the areas in which my faith intersects with social justice. I hope through my time at the CRGC to apply these interests of mine to work on campus and beyond, through interfaith collaboration with other fellows who have a similar drive to do good but who also have diverse backgrounds and ideas. I volunteer with an interfaith organization that conducts immigration detention center visitations, and I have learned there that interfaith connections foster greater compassion, sympathy, and progress in our shared world. I hope this year to be a part of a vibrant interfaith network of students like this with the CRGC. Outside of campus clubs like Model UN and debate, I spend my time in the outdoors running, swimming, backpacking, and doing photography.