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#SPA80for80: Stephen Bronskill, SPA/BA ’13

Stephen Bronskill

Stephen Bronskill joined Teach for America to better understand how the policies he learned about during his time at SPA actually affect people.

“While my abilities as a teacher are limited,” Bronskill said, “it is inspiring to watch my students dream big even under profoundly difficult circumstances. I am privileged to work with veteran teachers and community leaders who have dedicated their lives to expand opportunities for young people here. “

Bronskill teaches biology at Pine Bluff High School in Arkansas, a state in which only 19% of students meet ACT College Readiness Standards – the nation’s lowest rate.

His four years at AU’s School of Public Affairs reflected his desire to combine the theoretical with the practical. As a first-year student at AU, he created the Community Service Coalition (CSC) after hearing journalist Tom Brokaw describe the need for civilian leadership academies. The CSC has grown into a thriving coalition of 40 student groups that makes use of varied resources for community service projects. Bronskill also held a number of internships -- including an internship at the White House -- and he also studied environmental issues for a semester abroad in India.

Bronskill’s work at AU garnered him a number of awards upon graduation, including the President's Award, AU's highest undergraduate honor; a national Udall Scholarship for his commitment to environmentalism; and the Stafford H. Cassell Award for his dedication to the university. He was also a national finalist for a Truman Scholarship for public service.

Bronskill, a member of University College and SPA’s Leadership Program, graduated with degrees in political science and environmental studies.


“It is humbling to see the impressive public service performed by current and former SPA students. I am thankful that so many from AU are working toward a more equitable future for kids no matter where you are born – from the Arkansas Delta to the nation’s capital.”