Junior Zoe Goodman a Finalist for Truman Fellowship

Junior Zoe Goodman a Finalist for Truman Fellowship

Zoe Goodman

Zoe Goodman, a SESP junior who says she has always been interested in public service, has become a finalist for the Truman Fellowship. The Harry S. Truman Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service and provides them with financial support for graduate study.

Goodman and Ethan Merel of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences were named Truman Fellowship finalists on February 24. The foundation selected 191 finalists from 587 applications received from 272 colleges and universities. Each year the Foundation awards 60 to 65 fellowships.

Goodman, a social policy major, grew up hearing about different fellowship opportunities because her parents have both worked in the Fellowships Office at a university. “It's actually sort of surreal, because I remember being eight or nine and hearing my mom talk about how great her Truman candidates were, and now that's me!”

Throughout her school years she has done service work in the United States and Mexico, and more recently she did service during her study abroad experience in India. “I tend to gravitate towards new communities, and that's how I have found the majority of the things that I love to do,” she says.

Goodman’s five-month study abroad experience in India this year had considerable impact on her. “That has shaped the way I look at a lot of things, both in my own life and in the world in general. The welcoming nature of Indian culture is something I intend to carry with me as long as I live.”

Other activities during college have been important to her as well. “I've also had really great friendships grow out of For Members Only (Norrthwestern's Black Student Alliance), Alternative Student Breaks, NU's Cheerleading Team and the South Asian Student Alliance. These are the four organizations that have taught me the most about community,” she says.

Goodman’s Truman project proposal centers on the abolition of the death penalty. In general, advocacy related to important social issues is of interest to her. “I will be happy as long as I can work as an advocate on important social justice issues. I love reading Supreme Court cases, so if I can find a job where I get to do that, and one where I can talk to people and connect with people with different backgrounds, that would be perfect for me.”

In any case, Goodman has a clear idea of her future path. “I plan to be involved in public service my whole life,” she says.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/2/12