The Feminist Majority Foundation’s Choices Campus Leadership program provides students with opportunities to learn about timely feminist issues, develop their leadership and organizing skills, and connect with the larger pro-choice and feminist movements. From launching a campus group, to organizing a campaign or protest, to keeping a budget the Campus Team can help support and provide resources for young organizers across the United States.
The Feminist Majority Foundation engages in research and public policy development, public education programs, grassroots organizing projects, leadership training and development programs, and participates in and organizes forums on issues of women’s equality and empowerment. Our sister organization, the Feminist Majority, engages in legislative activities and campaigns that empower women, pursuing equality between women and men.
About the National Campus Organizers
duVergne Gaines, J.D. – West Coast Campus Director
duVergne Gaines graduated with honors and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. As a law student, Gaines received recognition for excellence in constitutional and first amendment law and was also a member of the prestigious Entertainment Law Review. Prior to law school, Gaines co-directed Rock for Choice for seven years, gained extensive experience as a campus field organizer both for the Iowa ERA Campaign and the National Clinic Access Project. Prior to directing the West Coast Campus Program she most recently headed Rock for Choice programming and organized western states for the March for Women’s Lives.
Myra Duran graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Women’s Studies with a concentration in women of color feminism and a minor in labor and workplace studies. As a student activist, she interned for Gabriela Network, U.S.A., the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the California Construction Academy, and the Feminist Majority Foundation. She spearheaded FMF’s Campaign to Expose Fake Clinics at UCLA with Bruin Feminists for Equality. Myra also served on the Young Women’s Leadership Council for the Pro-choice Public Education Project.
Email Myra mduran[at] feminist [dot] org
Laura graduated with honors from the University of Iowa with degrees in Women’s Studies and Anthropology. She was an active member of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance there, serving as president and leading the group in projects related to women and war, the feminization of poverty, women in prison, and exposing fake reproductive health clinics. She has worked for women’s organizations throughout Iowa, including the Women’s Resource and Action Center, Rape Victim Advocacy Program, and the Emma Goldman Women’s Health Clinic. Before joining the FMF, Laura was a service member with AmeriCorps leading support groups for women in prison, as well as providing resources and support for those recently released. Laura organizes campuses in the Midwest region.
Email Laura lkacere[at] feminist [dot] org
Meghan Shalvoy is a cum laude graduate of Stony Brook University and the former President of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at Stony Brook. Her decision to major in women’s and gender studies at SBU was largely fueled by her desire to advocate for women’s reproductive rights, and through the WGS program she interned for Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic and New York State Senator Brian X. Foley. Meghan is also the former co-chair of the National Organization for Women-New York State (NOW-NYS) Young Feminist Task Force. She is a passionate activist for reproductive justice, and hopes to someday serve women globally as a nurse midwife, and periodically travels to Haiti to volunteer in medical clinics. Meghan organizes campuses in the Northeast region.
Email Meghan mshalvoy [at] feminist [dot] org
Sarah Shanks graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in December 2010 with a BS in Marketing as well as a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She was also a member a Triota, the Women’s and Gender Studies honor society. At UNCC Sarah headed the Feminist Union for 3 years, a FMLA affiliate. She became an intern for Feminist Majority Foundation through the Campus Choices Leadership Program in Charlotte to deal with the increasing harassment at local abortion clinics. Her group worked on the Adopt-a-Clinic campaign, and are very involved with clinic defense. She has also volunteered as a mentor for college freshman in a feminist learning community. Sarah organizes campuses in the Southern region.
Email Sarah sshanks[at] feminist [dot] org
Jacqueline Sun graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles where she received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology. At UCLA, Jacqueline was an Alumni Scholar and a volunteer at the LGBT Resource Center. She was also the club president and captain of the Women’s Club Volleyball team at UCLA. As a publicity intern at Ms. magazine, she helped promote many programs at FMF including the “Campaign to Expose Fake Clinics.” She also did extensive work on the “No on 4 & 8” campaign during the 2008 election.
Email Jacqueline jsun [at] feminist [dot] org
Francesca graduated from Miami University in 2010 with a B.A. in Journalism, Black World Studies, with a minor in Political Science. She worked as an Ambassador for the Miami University Women’s Center. While there she was a writer and editor of the semester newsletter titled The Femellectual, planned and coordinated the annual Women of Color Celebration, and organized events around issues concerning domestic violence, body image, and women of color on Miami’s campus. In addition, she served in other campus activist organizations such as the Miami University’s National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) as the Membership Chair, where she played an active role in organizing and recruiting students for membership with the chapter. Francesca organizes campuses in the Mid-Atlantic region & Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Email Francesca fwitcher [at] feminist [dot] org