This Is What an Organizer Looks Like!

By Meghan Shalvoy

The 2010-11 school has brought some big changes to FMF’s Campus Team, and this January has brought the FMF three new organizers on the East Coast. In September, the West Coast welcomed Myra Duran just a few weeks before I started in the East Coast office. And now, I’m pleased to introduce the latest additions to our team:

Laura Kacere
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 and can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Sarah Shanks
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 and can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

Francesca Witcher
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 and can be reached by e-mail at [email protected].

To learn more about what the Feminist Campus Team can do to help you as community activists and leaders, e-mail us at [email protected].

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