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Seth Jacobsen (2017 Graduate)

Seth Jacobson

Seth Jacobson graduated from Drexel's PhD in Educational Leadership Development and Learning Technologies in 2017 and is currently a William Penn Fellow for the Pennsylvania Governor's Office.

A native of West Philadelphia, Seth graduated from Philadelphia’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where he specialized in Theater Performance. As a first-generation college student, Seth studied Psychology and Religious Studies at Chestnut Hill College. After completing his undergraduate degree, he wanted to give back to the community from which he came—and enrolled as an AmeriCorps* VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America).

As a VISTA, Seth developed and coordinated a mentoring program designed to assist West Philadelphia high school students in accessing college. Following his year of service, Seth was hired by Drexel University’s Center for Civic Engagement to assist in the development and direction of the Philip B. Lindy Scholars Program. In addition to that program, Seth was responsible for designing and directing programming through which Drexel students could strengthen skills and resolve for impacting positive social change.

Seth earned an MS in Global & International Education at the School of Education. His thesis, The Internationalization of Civic Engagement, won him the School of Education’s Capstone Experience Award, and was subsequently presented at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference in Toronto. Since entering the PhD program, Seth has served as a Managing and Assistant Editor for the Human Resource Development Review (HRDR) and the Journal of Special Education Leadership (JSEL).

Currently, the focus of his research includes leadership development and a sociological exploration of change and resistance within organizational contexts. Outside of his research, Seth serves as the Vice President for Drexel OutGrads (an LGBTQIA graduate organization); regularly volunteers as a teacher for adult immigrants in North Philadelphia; coordinates enrichment programming for at-risk LGBT youth in Camden, NJ; and is one of the founders and coordinators of a vibrant young adult Catholic community in Philadelphia.