A Social Justice Alumni Career Panel (SAA Alumni Career Event)
Date: 6:00pm PST February 26 Location: J.R. Howard Hall 102
J.R. Howard Hall 102
Interested in social justice related work?
Come join us as we enjoy good food and conversation with alumni whose work is rooted in social justice. Our panelists support underserved groups through public policy, advocacy, mentorship, education, economic development, and other initiatives. The panelists will share how they turned their passion for social justice into practical careers, and how their experiences at LC prepared them for this work.
President Wiewel will be giving an opening remark at this SAA Alumni Career Panel.
*Appetizers, coffee & tea are provided.
*Two Salt & Straw gift cards (good for a pint of ice-cream) will be raffled at this event. You have to attend this event to enter the raffle.
Featured Alumni Panelist:
Dayna Morrison ’01, Program Manager, AIDS Education & Traning Center (AETC) Program
Dayna has a Masters in Public Health and is the Program Manager of the Oregon AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) at the Portland VA Research Foundation, with over 20 years of experience working with people living with HIV/AIDS in Oregon and abroad. In addition to promoting practice change in Federally Qualified Health Centers along the HIV care continuum, she is leading AETC efforts to end new HIV infections in Oregon as part of the Oregon End HIV initiative. Previous professional positions include Coordinator of the LGBTQ Health Coalition of the Columbia-Willamette, Director of HIV Services at Quest Center for Integrative Health, and Program Coordinator for the CDC Global AIDS Program.
Rosemary Schmidt ’02, Outreach Program Coordinator & Case manager, Aging Disabilities and Veterans Services Division
Rosemary obtained a Masters in Social Work with a minor in international social welfare from the Columbia University School of Social Work in 2012 and worked as a program coordinator and social worker with lower income older adults, immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers at non-profits based in New York City. She currently works for Multnomah County’s Department of County Human Services (DCHS) in the Aging, Disability, and Veterans Services Division (ADVSD). As an Outreach Program Coordinator for ADVSD, she strives to reach and connect lower income and marginalized older adults and people with disabilities with benefits and services that can help improve their lives. Her work relates to the principle that all adults regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, or physical ability should have equitable opportunities to age with choice and dignity.
Jordan Volpe ’17, Program Specialist, Camp Fire Columbia
Jordan works as a Program Specialist (mentor/advocate) at a non-profit organization, Camp Fire Columbia, in the Teen Programs Department. Camp Fire is a youth development non-profit that runs school-based programs and camps to help build caring, confident youth and future leaders. Jordan works with a 30-student cohort of 7th graders at a Title I (low-income) Middle School. The Middle School Program works to lessen the achievement gap between socio-economically and racially privileged and disadvantaged students in the Portland Public Schools System by providing one-on-one mentoring, advocacy, academic support, and social justice and socio-emotional education.
Maggie Reilly ’04, Community Loan Fund Director, CASA of Oregon & Business Lender, Craft3
Maggie supports community economic development, social justice, and entrepreneurs in the from marginalized communities in the Pacific Northwest. She is currently the Community Loan Fund Director at CASA of Oregon, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization specializing in the development of affordable housing, particularly in rural areas and especially for agricultural workers. In addition, Maggie is a business lender at Craft3, an organization that provides loans to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, individuals and others who don’t normally have access to financing.
Masha Egorenko ’17, Slavic Youth Advocate, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
Masha is a Slavic Youth Advocate for a non-profit organization called Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). The Slavic community is the largest body of refugees in Oregon, and recently has been recognized by Multnomah County as a marginalized group due to it lacking the basic resources, such as linguistic and cultural services in school, that are needed for success in the United States. In light of this, she provides much-needed cultural advocacy at schools in hopes of improving the grades, social skills, and voices of Slavic students at an institutional level. Furthermore, she assists families with attaining basic services, such as document translation, methods for school involvement, housing, clothes, and food assistance, immigration paperwork, and more.