Ali Hillman, ’17, from Boston, Mass., is majoring in cross-cultural psychology. She is also a member of the E&H Outdoors Program and the E&H Honors Program.
Project &: Inspired by both her experiences with the Outdoor Program and her intense interest in alternative learning, Ali is seeking to help American educators find better ways to educate non-conventional learners.
I came to Emory & Henry because its Outdoor Program gives me the chance to understand the culture and landscape of the region. When you explore an area in this way you are able to have a better dialogue with the people of the area and improve your knowledge about it. These are valuable skills that I will be applying to a study abroad research project I will be pursuing in northern Mongolia. I plan to trek through the region with hopes of gaining an understanding of the Shamanic tribes there and to study the way they relate to people with autism. I am hoping by studying how non-western cultures use healing religion I can shed light on how western cultures can enhance their approach to the education of people with autism. Someday, I hope to start a school for non-conventional learners, and I intend to integrate outdoor education into the teaching process.Ali Hillman