By Alexis Shaw on February 12, 2021
My name is Alexis and I am a nonprofit leadership and development intern for RepresentWomen, as well as a second-year graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in International Peace Development. What brought me to RepresentWomen was being able to join a team that helps serve the underserved and help reform broken systems. I hope to learn how to effectively run a nonprofit and learn about different ways of campaigning that I can take with me to my future career. My future career goal is to open and run orphanages in conflict zones to protect children from trafficking or recruitment. I hope to take with me from this internship leadership, advocacy, and what it means to actively fight against and reform broken systems.
My name is Alexis and I am a nonprofit leadership and development intern for RepresentWomen. I am a second-year graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration in International Peace Development. I am a Charlotte, North Carolina native, but hope to continue my travels and eventually settle down abroad.
My passion lies in immigrant and refugee resettlement and the issues faced by these communities globally. Being a first generation American, I see the challenges faced by resettlers and I have become particularly concerned with the safety and well-being of women and children at risk of poverty, homelessness, and exploitation. I am also concerned with how governments are protecting vulnerable communities and creating an inclusive and representative country.
What brought me to RepresentWomen was being able to join a team that helps serve the underserved and help reform broken systems. I hope to learn how to effectively run a nonprofit and learn about different ways of campaigning that I can take with me to my future career. I am most excited about learning all I can from experts in the field and understanding how to tackle systems that stand in the way of equality and proper representation in a nation.
Our current political structure is evidence for the need for organizations like RepresentWomen. While the election of Kamala Harris is a remarkable landmark event, it is proof as to how far behind our country is with having a truly representative government. Women, especially women of color, have been pushed to the side and even at times silenced even though we make such a huge contribution to American society. Being a young black woman, I want to know that it is not a far-fetched idea for people who look like me to be able to serve in government and represent the American people.
A fun fact about me is that my brother and I both have Japanese dogs and take annual trips to Japan together. We are both obsessed with Japanese culture and have hopes to settle down there one day. The perfect duality created between serene living and a bustling city life appeals to me greatly. I am currently learning Japanese and I also speak Russian. I enjoy language learning and look forward to adding many more languages to my knowledge base.
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