Amit Paley '04

Amit Paley profile photoCEO, The Trevor Project

Thesis Title: The Canary in the Coalmine: Economic-Institutional Pressure as a Government Censorship Strategy at the South China Morning Post, 1993-2003

Social Studies taught me how to think. It made me realize that the world is too complicated to assume that one discipline or philosophy or approach is sufficient to make sense of it. And that certainly no one approach would be sufficient to solve some of the most pressing problems and crises of our time.

Today I'm the CEO of The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth. I try to apply what I learned in Social Studies to our work every single day. LGBTQ youth suicide is a global health crisis and at The Trevor Project we try to integrate best practices from the social, private and public sectors to address it. We are also increasing integrating disciplinary approaches from the worlds of psychiatry, epidemiology, psychology, social work, education, technology, AI, and sociology, to name just a few, even when structural barriers in those fields make it hard for people within them to collaborate. Our goal is to always translate theory into practice in a way that helps save more LGBTQ young lives.