I currently study Social Work at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis (degree expected August 2018). My concentration is in Global Gender Development and includes coursework in: international development, sexual health and education, gender development, and skills-based courses in GIS and Group Model Building. I'm particularly passionate about gender equity, reproductive rights, and family planning-- especially where participatory methods can facilitate self-empowerment and the dismantling of structural inequity.
I served with the Peace Corps in Albania, where I worked in a small-town clinic doing health outreach programs with local schools and community groups. I served on two volunteer committees dedicated to working with youth, one through environmental and leadership education, and one through girls' empowerment. In my work with Peace Corps, I gained skills in health education, project design and management, cross-cultural communication, and youth development.
I graduated cum laude from the Honors College at the College of Charleston with a BA in Women's and Gender Studies and a minor in Anthropology. I did research on the Civil Rights Movement; on Race, Sex, and Gender in Colonial America; on sexuality education; and on virginity narratives during my last two years of college. My work experience prior to the Peace Corps was primarily in student mentoring through my positions as a Resident Assistant and Peer Facilitator in college.
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