A Chinese major, she is an ESOL tutor teacher with Project Shine in Utica and a Midtown Utica Community center intern. Riggs works with the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI) on its Refugee Project, and collected data in New Orleans as a DHI intern on Experiencing Empathy, which attempts to create an emotional virtual reality of the New Orleans education system.
Activities: ESOL Tutor for Project SHINE, Digital Humanities Initiative Intern, Government Dept. Tutor, and Resident Advisor
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
Highschool: Great Bridge High School
Riggs has served as a government tutor, a Special Collections student assistant in the library, a resident advisor, and vice president of Shenandoah-Kirkland Initiative.
Freeman Awards for Study in Asia support U.S.-based undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study overseas in East or Southeast Asia. The program’s goal is to increase the number of U.S. citizens and permanent residents with first-hand exposure to and understanding of Asia and its peoples and cultures.
Award recipients are required to share their experiences with their home campuses or communities to encourage study abroad by others and fulfill the program's goal of increasing understanding of Asia in the United States.
From its inception in 2001, Freeman-ASIA has made study abroad in East and Southeast Asia possible for over 4,600 U.S. undergraduates from more than 600 institutions.