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Andrew Riley, 2010

May 07, 2013

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Andrew Riley, 2010

Public Policy Director, Center for Intercultural Organizing
Speech & Debate Coach, Lincoln High School

At Lewis & Clark, I majored in Sociology/Anthropology and Hispanic Studies, and dabbled in Ethnic and Gender Studies. I was a Ray Warren Multicultural Symposium co-chair in 2008, which was one of the highlights of my time at LC. My research work focuses on the lived realities of immigrant & refugee communities worldwide and the ways in which cultural identity is constructed and negotiated in the era of globalization, particularly in Chilean Aymara communities and Hmong-Americans in the United States.

In addition to being a wonderful opportunity to dialogue with emerging issues in multiculturalism, the RWMS is an incredible space to interact with anti-oppression advocates from all over the country. During the second semester of my senior year, I interned for the Center for Intercultural Organizing, the state’s largest multicultural immigrant & refugee rights organization, doing political research and analysis. They hired me as their Public Policy Director when I graduated in 2010. RWMS was indirectly the springboard for my career: I met CIO’s Executive Director during a panel we coordinated in 2008.

The work I do now is centered around CIO’s mission: leverage my skills to help create a multiracial, multiethnic movement for immigrant & refugee rights. My particular angle is a political one: I’m CIO’s in-house political analyst, communication staffer, and legislative advocate. The skills and experience I gained at Lewis & Clark - particularly those I gained in the course of organizing the RWMS - have been invaluable in navigating my role as an ally to immigrant & refugee communities in a community-led organization.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a shameless plug: CIO is always looking for interns committed to social justice, ending oppression, and advancing immigrant & refugee rights - if you’d like to leverage your skills to assist the movement (or just learn more about the work that we do), give me a call or send me an email!


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