2010 graduate published in Journal of Divorce and Remarriage
June 16, 2011 By Leigh Cocanougher
19 issue of the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, a project that
began when he was a Centre student.
Meltzer (far left) is currently chief of staff at City Year in San
Antonio, where he works to "turn around high-need schools and
get students back on track to high school graduation."
What began as an assignment in a Centre College sociology class has just become much more. In the June 19 issue of the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage is a paper by Scott Meltzer ’10—a paper that played a significant role in Meltzer’s study at Centre.
The paper presents Meltzer's analysis of “the general population’s attitudes on divorce involving children by gender, race, age, socioeconomic status and participation in religious services and activities,” which he used to discover whether society’s “opinion of divorce is corresponding to the reality of its effect on children.”
Meltzer began his analysis in sociology professor Dr. Sarah Goodrum’s Research Methods course. It later became a presentation during the RICE (Research, Internships and Creative Endeavors) Symposium and was also the foundation for Meltzer’s senior thesis in Goodrum's Law and Policy seminar class. Finally, the paper was submitted during Meltzer’s family life independent study with sociology professor Dr. Beau Weston.
“This publication would not have been possible without the support and guidance of my mentors at Centre,” Meltzer says.
At Centre, he adds, experiences “inside and outside the classroom taught me to think critically as a social entrepreneur and life-long learner, maintain an impeccable work ethic and be a servant leader. From enriching and engaging class assignments and discussions to serving as a Resident Assistant/Director and Bonner Scholar, Centre truly prepared me for a life of learning, leadership and service.”
Meltzer’s life has been filled with these three actions since he graduated last May. Shortly after commencement, he was hired on staff as a program manager at the San Antonio site of City Year, a national non-profit and AmeriCorps program that partners with school districts in 21 cities to deploy recent college graduates as full-time mentors, tutors and role models to close the education achievement gap by working directly with at-risk children throughout the entire school year to improve student attendance, behavior and course performance (or, as Meltzer says, “turn around high-need schools and get students back on track to high school graduation”).
“I’ve dedicated my career to the collaboration and innovation with national service, businesses, school systems and governments to combat the high school dropout crisis and reform public education,” Meltzer says.
Most recently, he was promoted to chief of staff at City Year San Antonio and accepted an invitation to join the Alexander Briseño Leadership Program through the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Knowing the value of service and leadership, Meltzer says he challenges “all Centre students to consider this question: 'Where will you do your service year?'”
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