CCT Voices

CCT is a program best described by a diversity of voices.

I chose CCT because I wanted to make sense of all my interests. I was a tinkerer who dabbled with code, had an affinity for brand strategy and loved to write. CCT helped me turn my many interests into a focus and eventually a career.

– Deron Hogans, CCT 2012, senior digital brand associate

CCT has taught me that I don’t need to fit into a checkbox in order to move forward with my career aspirations. I can overflow the dimensions of my field and reconcile the things that matter most to me: communication and rhetoric, design thinking, disability studies, religion and family, music, politics, … life.

– Julia Wardle, CCT 2017, non-profit communications coordinator

Everybody changes and evolves, and this is a program that allows you to do that, and supports that, helps you to grow. … Every day you’re learning something you never thought you were ever going to learn, or you’re exposed to a perspective that you never thought you would be exposed to, and that perspective changes the way you see the world and how you think about things.

– Dr. Jeanine Turner, core faculty

From the beginning, we recognized that the complex, interdependent social-technical world that we live in demands more than one discipline for defining knowledge and preparing students to be successful. Those who hire CCT grads know: in addition to technical skills, they have something even more valuable at the leadership level – a conceptual, “big picture” understanding of the complex web of cultural, political, and economic relations in which our technologies are embedded.

– Dr. Martin Irvine, founding director and core faculty

If you go to another Master’s degree, you’re going to be learning what is known. If you come here, you’re going to be learning maybe a little bit about what is not yet known. You’re going to be expected to come up with new ideas. … We want people who are visionary, who are willing to come up with that breaking idea at the intersection of different disciplines. … I was always eager to recommend my CCT students to the World Bank because I knew they would do me proud. Because they had been in this environment, I knew they would take initiative.

– Dr. Denise Bedford, adjunct faculty

There are a lot of people who come into CCT knowing what they are interested in but don’t know how to go about studying it. That’s the greatness of this program – that we can learn so much from our classmates and professors and find out what methodologies can be used to achieve our goals.

– Madhavi Reddi, CCT student

One of the things that I learned at CCT was how to take a critical eye to technology and be able to place it into context about why it does what it’s doing. So that, to me, is a kind of differentiator and in the (consulting) business that we’re in, it’s everything. We have to be able to be very critical of what is happening in an organization to be able to get to the root of the business problem.

– Jonathan Bruskin, CCT 1999, change management consultant

CCT is a special place which brings together a truly diverse array of people, ideas, and aspirations. Having close, meaningful interactions with faculty and staff who genuinely cared about me made CCT much more than an academic pit stop en route to a career.

– Isaac Riddle, CCT 2016, doctoral student

For more CCT Voices, see Students and Alumni.