Last summer, Liss-Schultz interned at NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and was responsible for organizing tabling events at street fairs and other festivals around Portland during the summer. Liss-Schultz managed to obtain several thousand signatures in support of the motion for birth control to be covered by insurance providers in President Obama’s new health care plan. She says: “Working at NARAL was a fantastic experience, and one of the best things about working for activist organizations is being around like-minded people. Being in a work environment with people who are excited and dedicated about the same issues and ideas is extremely refreshing and motivating.”
Ruiz de Luzuriaga works at Crittenton Women’s Union in Massachusetts which helps low-income women to transform their lives so that they can be economically independent and create better futures for themselves and their families. As the Coordinator of Family Planning, she attempts to unify programming for adults and child-focused interventions so that Crittenton Women’s Union can take into account the whole family.
In the summer of 2011, with a McGill Lawrence Summer Internship Award, Li worked at Pentok Institute in Tibet, a grass roots local initiative led by local women as a service-centered learning organization to empower local women to take charge in improving the lives of their communities. Pentok attempts to help these women through social enterprise and sustainable development. Li says, “I know from my own experience that only when women are economically independent, can we actually make decisions that will work best for us.”
Angelova manages development activities of World Pulse, an action media network and magazine that is based in Portland but powered by women from over 190 countries. While at Reed, Angelova was actively involved with the International Students Advisory Board and co-founded InterConnect, a peer-mentoring program for international students. Among Angelova’s passions are women’s empowerment and cross-cultural understanding and awareness.
Bays is currently serving her second year on the Board of Directors of Abby’s Closet, a non-profit organization (started by Bays’ childhood best friend) that provides 2000 free prom gowns each year to high school teenagers, many of whom do not have the financial means to purchase a prom gown. As a board members, Bays is involved as a grant writer, volunteer coordinator, and secretary. Bays explains that for many of these teenagers, owning a beautiful prom dress that fits them can be an enormous confidence boost and an opportunity they never expected to have.
Bays is also a member of the Global Partnership Team at her church and traveled to Kosovo to build relationships and engage with the young artist community in Kosovo. Last summer, Bays also traveled to Namibia through World Teach to train students and teachers in basic computer literacy, HIV/AIDS awareness, and English.When asked about the current state of student activism on campus, Bays responded, “I never cease to be amazed by what students who are involved here do.”
In the summer of 2011, Packard interned for Bay Kids in San Francisco, an organization that practices art therapy in hospitals. Packard also worked for Emergent Art Space, which encourages cross cultural communication through art by creating an online gallery. In the summer of 2011, Packard spent three weeks volunteering with the Ecuador Service Project.
In the summer of 2011, Doucette participated in the Reed Service Project in Ecuador. The Reed Service Project works with other students from universities around the world to design and implement humanitarian projects to benefit indigenous and/or impoverished people of Ecuador.
Wood is a member of the Board of Directors for and a past participant of Bold Leaders, a Denver-based international non-profit that takes students from all over the world on international trips to study leadership, international development, and conflict resolution. She is also part of a group of students in the process of making a documentary about the history of and conflict surrounding the Roma people.
Delehanty is the chair of the community service committee at her children’s K-8 school, Winterhaven, and organizes service events once a month for the entire school. Delehanty also delivers food through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to families in need. Delehanty volunteers in the Sellwood area and says, “The experience completely reconfigures your understanding of the incredible poverty that exists in Portland. People are in need a few streets away from where you live or from where you drop off your kids at school.” Delehanty expressed a strong interest in integrating social justice into the classes she teaches at Reed and into the larger intellectual project of the college. She says, “I would welcome all discussions about how to bring Reed out into the community and how to bring more of the Portland community to Reed.”
For the last two years, Heneghan has volunteered at The Giving Tree, a Portland based non-profit that assists people in subsidized housing. Many residents struggle with chronic homelessness and mental illness. Heneghan also volunteered with Volunteers of America and the Nativity School.