Patrick Scullin: International Human Rights/Conflict Resolution

Patrick Scullin
International Human Rights / Conflict Resolution
B.A., June 2010, Magna cum Laude
Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship
Harriet Brows Scholarship for Social Change
John Jay College Faculty Senate Award in the Social Sciences and Study Abroad Scholarship
CUNY Student Leadership Award
CUNY Baccalaureate Alumni Scholarship
Dean’s List

In his application to CUNY BA/BS, Patrick Scullin talked passionately about his Irish heritage, a heritage “riddled with conflict and suffering,” saying “I feel a strong connection to the struggles for peace and liberty my family participated in there.” He also talked about his uncle, a firefighter who perished on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

Scullin left home at eighteen, during what he calls “an existential crisis,” to try to “find meaning in a complicated world.” He lived in a monastery in Big Sur, California hoping to reconcile with a church that had alienated him as a youth. He traveled to Northern Ireland to research and familiarize himself with his heritage. He worked in over a dozen different states doing everything from volunteering at a holistic learning center, to working in theater set design, to managing a catering site at the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. He became a certified Qi Gong and Tai Chi instructor and served on the board of directors for the National Qi Gong Association at the age of 22. Along the way, he read philosophy and theology and studied the culture of wherever he was living. At 24, he enrolled in SUNY/Ulster County College, only to leave to pursue a degree in physical therapy at the University of Hawaii. When he could not place into the advanced science courses, he wound up in a senior-level Peace Studies course; this changed the direction of his life forever. He returned to N.Y., entered John Jay College, and came to CUNY Baccalaureate to design a degree in International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution.

Mentored by John Jay Profs. George Andreopoulos, Government and Maria Volpe, Sociology, Scullin took courses at Baruch and John Jay in international relations, terrorism, human rights and comparative politics, peace and security, group dynamics, sociology of conflict and violence, and race and ethic relations. He completed an internship at the Forum 2000 Foundation in the Czech Republic where he coordinated the conference Peace, Democracy, and Human Rights in Asia featuring 15 Nobel Peace Laureates, including the Dali Llama, and assisted coordinating the Holocaust Era Assets conference. He attended the NATO Summer School in the Czech Republic hearing lectures from experts from the European Union and Russia. Back in New York, he completed a mediation internship at the NY Center for Interpersonal Development where he participated in Civil Court mediations and was the initial contact for opening mediation case files.

After a year on John Jay’s Model UN team, where he helped the team win second place and he won a peer nominated award, he became the UN Student Association’s Vice President, leading the college to win, for the first time, a Position Paper Award at the National Model UN 2009 conference which placed John Jay in the top ten percent of the largest international collegiate competition in the world. He also served as President of the National Model UN Student Association.

Also at John Jay, Scullin served as a member of the Committee on Faculty Evaluations, the Homeland Security Club and the Committee on Faculty Personnel. He spearheaded a successful campaign to double the funds for student activities, was designated the student liaison for Mary Robinson, Ireland’s former President and UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, who received John Jay’s Justice Award, and he created Cultural Fest to celebrate student diversity.

Outside of school, he is deeply involved helping his family at the Stephen Siller, FDNY Let Us Do Good Children’s Foundation, named for the uncle he lost on 9/11. The foundation has supported pediatric burn care centers across the U.S., given scholarships to children who have lost a parent in the Afghan or Iraqi Wars, built homes for the families of returning wounded warriors, sent over 40 truckloads of supplies to help families devastated by Katrina, and opened Stephen’s House of the New York Foundling which houses the most broken and vulnerable children of New York City.

Scullin has been accepted to the Master’s program in International Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University.