Common Intellectual Experience

All Majors & Minors

Rachael Carter

Class Year



Philadelphia, Pa.


Politics and Peace and Social Justice


African American and Africana Studies

Most Memorable Moment in Class

Reading The New Jim Crow and talking with my peers about what we could do to spread awareness about the issues of mass incarceration

Did CIE help you form personal connections on campus?

I was able to meet students and faculty that were outside my major and have time to talk to them on a personal or academic level. Even now, CIE is a great way to start any conversation with other students about their experience here.

How did CIE change or challenge your view on something?

There are so many authors that I had not read before that really asked core questions about what our ultimate concerns are. Each one really pushed my thinking and asked questions about what I believe to be of value. 

What you really need to know about CIE…

is that it is here to challenge you and connect you to ideas that you might not already know about. It is only as good as the time and energy that you put into it. The time editing papers, having conversations and answering deep questions is apart of the class and these, in my opinion are most rewarding. 

What CIE will do for you?

CIE can bring you closer to other students, help you gather opinions from others and help you consider what is important to you!