A Better World:
May 3, 2021
Matt Crittenden ’21 aspires to construct methods in knowledge and coverage that contribute to a greater world. He is passionate in regards to the purposes and ethics of digital know-how for world governance and socioeconomic justice.
Crittenden, who was born in Tokyo and moved in 2001 to Chesapeake, Virginia, additionally hopes to be a job mannequin for future Asian American college students within the world governance and improvement neighborhood.
He plans to spend this summer time as an inaugural Civic Innovation Corps – Coding it Forward member with the New York City Department of City Planning’s knowledge engineering staff earlier than returning to Japan for the primary time in 15 years. There, he plans to brush up on his Japanese language expertise and work remotely on numerous “data for development” initiatives earlier than making use of subsequent yr to U.S. and U.Ok. graduate applications in social knowledge science and knowledge ethics.
“When it comes to my interests in policy, global development, even international relations in general, you don’t see very many Asian American faces in that field,” Crittenden mentioned. “But to find a Japanese American dude who’s working in development, whether in the U.S. or globally, I’ve never really had a role model for that, so I would like to be that type of person for the next generation of Asian Americans.”
Crittenden knew William & Mary was the appropriate place for him when he attended the Day for Admitted Students and discovered about alternatives to have interaction with world improvement, knowledge science and interdisciplinary innovation.
That additionally occurred to be his 18th birthday weekend.
“It was a nice gift for turning 18,” Crittenden mentioned. “My total journey to William & Mary was nothing lower than serendipitous, and I’m frequently grateful for it.
“When I applied to William & Mary, I knew that I had an interest in international relations, and I wanted to make the world a better place, as naïve as it sounds,” Crittenden added. “You know, it’s still true.”
An AidData presentation on “Data for Good” impressed Crittenden to attend William & Mary, and he has since labored at each HelpData and the Global Research Institute’s Student Organization for Medical Outreach and Sustainability (SOMOS) staff within the Ignite lab, a community-based well being improvement analysis staff within the Dominican Republic. In the summer time of 2019, he spent 11 weeks within the Philippines as a joint Freeman Foundation-GRI Summer Fellow with the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability – East Asia Pacific’s VerifyMyCollege initiative. He additionally serves as an inaugural member of GRI’s pupil management committee.
Crittenden based his personal analysis staff, geoParsing, at William & Mary’s Geospatial Evaluation and Observation Lab (geoLab) within the fall of 2018. His staff’s work was the primary of its type to foster collaboration between undergraduate college students and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and it has led to a number of papers being featured on the entrance web page of Intel.gov. His three years working with geoLab additionally motivated his senior honors thesis, which leverages machine studying and open-source knowledge to raised inform international coverage and improvement.
“Matt is an excellent student, and I’m very confident that he will excel at anything he puts his mind to. He’s one of the most meticulous and brilliant undergraduate students that I have met during a decade of teaching at the university level,” mentioned Chinua Thelwell, affiliate professor of Africana research and historical past and a founding school member of the college’s Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies program.
Crittenden’s educational achievements are quite a few. He has been a James Monroe Scholar at William & Mary since his freshman yr. He was additionally acknowledged as a 2021 Cypher Award Recipient and has been published as a co-author.
He credit many professors, school members and college students at W&M for supporting him alongside the best way. He says the geoLab, GRI, APIA Studies program and The Charles Center have been notably impactful all through his undergraduate profession.
“If I have to talk about what I’ve done, I couldn’t have done any of it without the support of so many people I’ve been incredibly lucky to meet here,” Crittenden mentioned. “There are so many people who are willing to help you succeed at William & Mary, and I believe that really sets the university apart.”