“Here I was, sitting across from a negotiating team representing some of the most wanted men on earth,” Corrigan said. “At that moment, I wasn’t intimidated. I felt prepared.
“I felt I needed to build a grassroots understanding of peacebuilding and service before I could do what I eventually want to do — contribute to policy,” Corrigan said.
Corrigan graduated from Notre Dame in 2007 with degrees in liberal studies and peace studies. As an undergraduate, he formed a committee that raised $10,000 to organize a student-run symposium on genocide in Darfur. The event featured Darfur experts from the White House and the United Nations. After graduating, Corrigan spent nearly two years teaching secondary school in Uganda through the Holy Cross Missions.
Corrigan is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is studying how parliamentary bodies can use legislation and oversight to contribute to peacebuilding.
— Renée LaReau, May 2009