Summer Downs

Program Director for The Justice School Ghana

Littleton, Colorado

Class of 2016, Global Development Studies major


With a history in global development studies, Downs is passionate about working with refugees and victims of sexual violence. She has experience working as the Program Director for The Justice School Ghana and is preparing for a Master’s program in the future.

How does your time at SPU connect to what you’re doing today?

My global development studies degree has given me a great foundation for the work I want to do in the future.

Which SPU faculty or staff member made a difference in your education?

Dr. Don Holsinger has fueled my passion for international work in Africa and the Middle East ever since the first quarter of my freshman year. He has constantly inspired and encouraged me.

What advice would you give to current SPU students?

Be patient and open to every possibility!