Can you start by telling us a little about yourself?
I am going into my junior year at Pitzer College in California as a Political Studies major, but I lived the first eighteen years of my life in Durham, Connecticut. I have interned for State Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. as well as Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro. I volunteer at a Self Help Legal Center in Pomona, California, and at school I am a Co-Head for the Pitzer Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, a group dedicated to helping survivors heal and finding the best resources for them after trauma. Outside of pursuing my passion for defending the rights of women and minorities, I am a captain of my club soccer team at school, I have a million pets ranging from bunnies to dogs to goats, and I have been taking Spanish throughout high school and college to hopefully develop fluency.
One of the ways we are able to organize others in the fight for reproductive freedom is to tell them why we are in this fight. What motivates you?
I am motivated by a passion to use the education that I have been given from all facets of my life to learn all that I can about issues that I have been fortunate enough not to experience firsthand. The education that I have received from my parents, Pitzer College, and the internship and volunteer opportunities that I have participated in have all given me new lenses on understanding the experiences of different groups of people, and I stay motivated by appreciating how much there still is to learn and to do for others.
Who is someone that inspires you in the work you do?
There are so many amazing defenders of the right to choice that inspire me, and it is the convergence of all of these different communities that keeps me energized and determined. People like clinic escorts who volunteer their time for the physical protection of choice, legislators who are committed to the legal protection of choice, and parents and educators everywhere who raise children to respect and trust the decisions of women all continue to empower me. As I moved across the country for college, a steadfast belief in defending the rights of women and minorities, rights which are at stake now more than ever, has helped me create meaningful communities that keep me excited and committed to doing good work.
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work and school?
Though I rarely have time to read for pleasure at school, this summer I have loved spending time in the sun with a good book. I love finding new music and playing soccer, and I am excited to be studying abroad in Sydney, Australia next spring. I’m from the pizza capital of the United States (New Haven, CT), so whenever I travel around the country, I always have to try the best pizza places in each city .
Where do you imagine yourself in 10 years?
10 years from now, I would love to be pursuing a career in public interest law, likely residing somewhere on the West Coast. I would like to have developed a fluency in Spanish and spent my early career abroad working with a group like Lawyers Without Borders to develop judicial sectors in nations emerging from conflict. I have a habit of trying to plan out every step of my life, but I am excited to stay open to the amazing opportunities that come my way!
Anything else you would like to share?
I am so honored and excited to have the opportunity to work with NARAL Pro-Choice CT, an organization that I have admired and respected since thes early days of my feminist engagement!