Martha Diaz (MA '10) studied Hip-Hop culture, education, media social science and social entrepreneurship at Gallatin. She developed an independent study that focused on researching and evaluating the Lyrics on Lockdown Community Learning Initiative course. "It was a great hands-on experience that helped me understand the prison industrial complex and the way to structure an experiential class with the community," she says. "I love that Gallatin is a small school that pays attention to the progress of each student. Although Gallatin's Master's program is like a rigorous 'Pre-Doctoral' program, I liked the flexibility and opportunities to create a customized curriculum."