Passion for social justice motivates rhodes scholar
Amanda Frickle came to The College of Idaho as a freshman from Billings, Mon., with a passion for social justice, a desire to ask questions and a commitment to serving others. Those qualities helped the 2012 graduate become the seventh C of I alumnus to win the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world.
Frickle, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and political economy and served as student body president during the 2011-2012 academic year, was one of 32 young Americans to be named a Rhodes Scholar in November 2012.
Frickle plans to pursue a career in social justice advocacy and will attend the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom as part of the Class of 2013.
Frickle’s proposed course of study at Oxford is a graduate program in women’s studies, with a specific interest in applying that knowledge to advocacy for LGBT and women’s rights in the United States and Latin America. During her senior year, Frickle wrote a research paper on feminism in Brazil and the reinforcement of traditional gender roles by that country’s ruling nationalist party in the early 20th century and presented it at both the College’s Student Research Conference and a research conference sponsored by national history honor society Pi Alpha Theta.
“Women’s studies has always been a passion of mine,” Frickle said. “Studying at Oxford, getting an international perspective, could help me become a social justice advocate not only here (in the United States), but throughout the globe.”
College of Idaho President Marv Henberg, a 1971 Rhodes Scholar, praised Frickle’s accomplishment.
“Amanda’s dedication to helping others, combined with the leadership ability and outstanding scholarship she demonstrated here at The College of Idaho, have prepared her to make this world a better place,” Henberg said.
Frickle said the encouragement she received from her C of I professors, such as Mee-Ae Kim and Steve Maughan in the Department of History, played an important role in her deciding to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. Recipients receive full financial support to pursue a degree or degrees at Oxford.
“I grew and developed so much here,” Frickle said. “I don’t think I would have the perspective and the academic know-how that I do if I hadn’t gone to C of I.
Prior to Frickle, the most recent College of Idaho graduate to be named a Rhodes Scholar was Dr. Adam Rindfleisch, an expert in integrative medicine who now serves on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in 1993. Colleen Smith, a 2011 C of I graduate, was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in 2012.
Rhodes Scholars have achieved success at the highest levels of public service, scientific research, writing, law and other fields.