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Student Spotlight: Michael Drucker

Submitted by on December 12, 2012 – 8:53 amNo Comment
Quick Facts:
“raised by New Yorkers in the Midwest,” is his answer.
Signature Fashion Accessory:
Dark tan leather Wolverine boots with beige wool bomber jacket
Division III Committee:
Natalie Sowell and Will MacAdams
Student Groups:
Sings in the Crazy Pitches

On Social Justice

While studying at Hampshire, Michael has completed two semester-long internships for social justice organizations off campus. In the fall of 2011 he worked with the No One Leaves Campaign in Springfield, through his internship with the  American Friends Service Committee Northampton branch (AFSC). This campaign brought together community organizations, activists, and volunteer attorneys to help former owners and tenants fight back against banks and avoid displacement in the wake of foreclosure.

This fall he has worked as a production intern with the Media Education Foundation (MEF) in Northampton. MEF produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media. Through this internship, Michael was able to work closely with the films’ producers to help steer the direction of the documentaries.

“This internship was a wonderful experience and really showed me how I could put my Hampshire education to use in the professional world,” Michael said.

As a Division III student, Michael has begun to think about his plans post-graduation, but has kept them grounded. He hopes to find work in his areas of interest: education, performance, and activism.

“Short term goals include making rent and finding health insurance. Long term goals include doing fulfilling work and continuing to develop loving and supportive queer families wherever I go,” Michael explained.

On the Best Burgers in Town

“When I go off campus to hang out with friends, I like it to be around food. I am a cheeseburger fiend and have decided that the best burgers in town are as follows: 1) Jake’s Diner, Northampton; 2) White Hut, Amherst; 3) Local Burger, Northampton,” Michael said.

On His Div III:

For his div III, Michael is writing a play about gay parenting and queer family making, largely based on in-person interviews he has conducted with families about their experiences.

“Most of the families have expressed interest in coming to Hampshire to see the show and I am excited about bringing folks from across the Northeast region to our school for a night of theatre and community building,” Michael explained.

By: Barbara Morrison F10