February 24, 2012
Erica Maylee of Mount Pleasant, a junior Honors student with a major in political science and minor in leadership, has been named the 2012 CMU Truman Scholarship nominee.
Established by Congress in 1975, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation is the official memorial to the nation’s 33rd president. The foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors planning to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or public service.
Candidates must propose a solution to a public policy issue as part of their application. Truman scholars are chosen on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and the likelihood of “making a difference.”
Maylee is preparing for a career in international relations focusing on justice and human rights and plans to pursue a Ph.D. Her policy proposal addresses her commitment to support the International Criminal Court (ICC) and support the principles of restorative justice within the Court. She also seeks to inspire an American grassroots movement encouraging the U.S. government to ratify the Court’s governing document (the Rome Statute).
Last summer, Maylee studied the ICC in the Netherlands in partnership with Leiden University’s Grotius Center (a historic institution known for its work in international justice). In March, she will return to the Netherlands to attend this year’s conference of the International Criminal Court Student Network (ICCSN). While at the conference, Maylee will present her paper, Realizing Restorative Justice, which compares the ICC’s Outreach Program to the Protection Plan of a non-governmental organization – Invisible Children. Maylee earned travel support to present from the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Political Science, Department of Philosophy and Religion, and the University Honors Program.
Maylee is president of CMU’s chapter of the ICCSN. She organized and applied for a nearly $1,000 grant allowing the chapter to attend the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) Conference at the United Nations in December 2011. She writes weekly about the ASP and ICC on romestatute.com for readers worldwide. She has also blogged for IJCentral, The Hague Justice Portal and the American Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Along with the CMU Ethics Center, she discusses global issues, philosophy, politics and the ICC on weekly internet radio shows with EthicsTalk.
Maylee stated in her application that she takes an avid interest in public service, and to be a servant for one’s community, state or country would be an incredible honor, and her personal dream.
Edward Hinck, professor in Communication & Dramatic Arts, is the Truman Scholarship faculty representative and coordinates the CMU nomination application process along with the assistance from the National Scholarship Program. Hope May, professor of Philosophy, is her advisor.