John Christopher

John Christopher

Philadelphia, PA, US


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The University of Pennsylvania - Graduate School of Design, Philadelphia, PA, US, Teaching Assistant

I assist the teaching. Pretty self-descriptive.

Jan 2014 - current

The Link, Philadelphia, PA, US, Junior Editor

Write and edit for the departmental newsletter of PennPlanning.

Aug 2013 - current

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School, Philadelphia, PA, US, Graduate Associate

I cultivate community on a floor of 33 residents within Harnwell College House at The University of Pennsylvania.

Aug 2013 - current

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, Student Reference Assistant

Aug 2010 - May 2013

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, Student Researcher

I was employed by my academic department to use my literature review (see awards) as a basis for forming a curriculum for a Sociology Creative Inquiry course. This two-semester course engaged students from a variety of disciplines in research, discussion, and design centered on the idea of changing student notions toward sexual violence.

May 2012 - Aug 2012


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Masters, City and Regional Planning, Community and Economic Development

Aug 2013 - current

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, Bachelors, Sociology

Enrolled in both the College of Business and Behavioral Science and the Calhoun Honors College, my studies ranged across social research, data analysis, policy, horticulture and design. Through scholarship, I studied European Policy in Strasbourg, France and British Architecture and City Planning in London, UK. These studies form the basis of my focus on the intersections of design, social policy, quality of life, and urban spaces.

Aug 2009 - May 2013


Dean's Diversity Scholarship, PennDesign, Scholarship

This scholarship provides continued funding for graduate studies at University of Pennsylvania's School of Design. It was awarded based on the student's objective of studying urban spaces and policy in order to re-conceptualize urban space as a means of social equity and economic development.


ACC-IAC Fellowship in Innovation and Creativity, Grant

Awarded jointly through Clemson University's Office of Undergraduate Research and the Atlantic Coast Conference, this grant funded original, self-directed research. With the guidance of my departmental mentor, I researched Clemson students' perceptions of campus sexual violence as it pertained to the quotidian occurrences of student life (night life, dating, and daytime interactions). I then analyzed these findings and presented them at the ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference at Wake Forest University.

I also used my research to lead a Creative Inquiry team in designing and implementing a light display to raise awareness of sexual violence on Clemson's campus. 2,000 lights, representing the 2,000 female students that, statistically, will be sexually assaulted before they graduate from Clemson University, glistened off of the Cooper library facade and into the nearby reflecting pond. A banner hanging from the library's facade explained the significance of the display and called for community action.


Phi Beta Phi Award of Merit, Award

Chosen through a process that included departmental nomination and college panel voting, this award recognizes the student in the College of Business and Behavioral Sciences (Clemson University) with outstanding academic performance and community service. I was given this award, in part, because of my involvement with campus initiatives to end sexual violence.


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