Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient
“My internship with the Center for Prevention of Hate this summer allowed me to delve deep into issues of discrimination that people in Maine face daily.”
As I was specifically in charge of the LGBTQ Youth Safety Project, I spent a lot of time interviewing at Outright L/A Youth Drop-In Sessions as well as youth who attended the Gay Pride Festival in Portland. Through these highly personal interviews, I developed interviewing strategies that allowed my subjects to feel comfortable and safe, and I learned about the difficulty and pain that recalling past discrimination causes, and the importance of following up with an interviewee.
This experience has affected my career plans in that it has assured me of my passion for working with marginalized or discriminated against groups, understanding the obstacles that these people face, and cooperating with a larger community to develop solutions. I enjoyed the flexibility of being able to direct my own project, while at the same time join in on other projects for the Center. After graduating Bowdoin, I hope to work as a fellow for Humanity in Action or do a masters program in International Relations with a focus on Peace and Conflict Studies.
- Date September 1, 2011
- Tags 2011, Education, Preston, Social Service, USA