Today, campus team is losing an incredible organizer, a dear friend, and a kickass feminist. Yes, the magnificent Meghan Shalvoy, National Campus Organizer for the Northeast Region, is leaving our little campus team office to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse, soon to be attending nursing school at Virginia Commonwealth University. Meghan’s desire to be a nurse is no surprise to us; it is just one way that her compassion and aspiration to help others has manifested.
As a passionate activist in her Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at Stony Brook University, Meghan has always been drawn to examining and fighting social injustice. Her interest in midwifery came through a deep passion for advocating for women globally, and she was able to practice some of her healing skills when she traveled to Haiti to volunteer in medical clinics after the earthquake in 2010.
She has also been a committed activist on the reproductive rights front, traveling to North Carolina to defend clinics during Operation Rescue’s clinic siege, to Mississippi to advocate against the personhood amendment on the ‘No on 26′ campaign earlier this year, and to her Northeastern regional schools, supporting and organizing feminist groups on campuses to engage their communities in standing up for the rights of women and making birth control and abortion more accessible to students.
She has spoken at numerous conferences on her work fighting the deception inherent in crisis pregnancy centers, and has always been a strong emcee at our National Young Feminist Leadership Conferences. She’s pretty magical with our online social media programs – always improving our website, sending out mass emails to our groups, and tweeting sometimes hundreds of times a day through our feminist campus twitter handle to get the word out about reproductive justice issues and events.
Meghan has not only been a strong and radical advocate for women’s rights, she has also been a great friend and ally. From her love of Ryan Gosling and Adele to her supernatural ability to clean our entire office in less than an hour, we will surely have a gaping hole in our office where her adorable self once was.
Meghan hopes to one day serve women as a nurse midwife, and we have no doubt that she will be a thoroughly wonderful and much-needed addition to the world of feminist healthcare. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Meghan Shalvoy, for being an inspiration and tireless advocate for social justice, and just an all-around lovely human being.
Follow Meghan’s fantastic journey through her twitter account @reprowrites.