Cerro Coso Community College

Griffin: Experience the World in a Different Way

Alec Griffin

There is a lot that we read and hear about when it comes to other parts of the world, but actually visiting and experiencing another culture in person is quite different. Not only has new Anthropology and Sociology instructor Alec Griffin traveled through 38 countries, but he has also had some exciting and terrifying experiences along the way.

Traveling to Cairo 11 days after a coupe d’état deposed President Morsi was among some of the craziest. The pyramids and Cairo museum were empty as the country experienced serious protests, unrest, and an imposed curfew, but for Griffin the trip was amazing. The cultures of the world are widely varied and unique and learning to “adapt and overcome”, Griffin’s motto in life, ensure you gain the most from the experiences.

Raised on a large pig farm in North California, Griffin attended San Diego State University for his undergrad and Cal State University, East Bay for his Master’s in Anthropology. He also received his teaching credential along the way, and spent the last 14 years teaching every grade level from kindergarten through community college. In addition to traveling and exploring new cultures, Griffin likes to run, hike, and play guitar.