“My project for the summer centered around organizing a ‘day on the hill’ for Women’s Advocates and mobilizing college-aged individuals to help spread our message at the capitol,” –Lucy Moran ’19
Lucy Moran ’19 (Ann Arbor, Mich.) is committed to helping women in abusive situations achieve a safe environment and financial stability. This past summer, as a Chuck Green Fellow, she worked with Women’s Advocates, the first shelter in the nation for women and children escaping domestic violence.
Moran’s work was supported by a $4,500 stipend provided to her as a Chuck Green Fellow. Each year, 12 students are awarded the six-month fellowships, which honor the teaching and community engagement of political science professor emeritus Chuck Green. For more than 40 years, Professor Green inspired and guided students to make the transition from detached observers to engaged citizens.
In spring semester, the fellows participate in a political science seminar focused on community-based issues; then, over summer, they complete a full-time, on-site project at a community organization.
“My project for the summer centered around organizing a ‘day on the hill’ for Women’s Advocates and mobilizing college-aged individuals to help spread our message at the capitol,” says Moran, a political science major. “As part of my work there, we compiled a list of legislative priorities.”
While the priorities are not yet finalized, Moran says they will include an increase in minimum wage, access to affordable housing, and affordable childcare: “Most of the women who stay at Women’s Advocates are at or below the poverty line and perpetrators exploit this financial instability to keep them in abusive households.”
Other needs they would like to see the Minnesota legislature address include better funding for all crime victim social services and batterer intervention programs. Gun control regulations are also on the agenda.
This fall Moran is studying at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, but she looks forward to resuming her connection with Women’s Advocates upon her return.
“Women’s Advocates is a community of like-minded people who are extremely dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence in Minnesota,” says Moran. “I have the Chuck Green Fellowship to thank for giving me the chance to work for an incredible organization and to build strong relationships within the community.”
Additional 2017 Chuck Green Community Partners
- Camp Noah
- CommonBond Communities
- Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio
- Minnesota AIDS Project
- Minnesota Department of Health
- Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
- Neighborhood House
- Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation
- St. Paul Smart Trips
- SEWA-AIFW (Asian Indian Family Wellness)
- TakeAction Minnesota
- Transit for Livable Communities
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