High School: Lenape Valley Regional High School
Hometown: Byram, NJ
Major: English Minor: Spanish
Activities: Bi-Co News, ECM, Carpenter Library, Community-Based Work Study
Interests: travel, journalism, feminism, fiction, camping, new media
Internship: National Coalition Against Censorship, Manhattan
As an intern at NCAC, I had the opportunity to speak for an organization that protects free speech. On a daily basis, I researched and wrote about censorship issues as they happened for the NCAC blog. My largest project was the "LGBTQ Right to Read Resource," a new section of the NCAC website that promotes the protection of books for, by, and about gays and lesbians in schools and libraries. Through these projects, I learned about the way censorship affects artists, scientists, writers, teachers, and students in the U.S. I learned how NCAC educates and advocates for an interpretation of the First Amendment that protects the most different kinds of speech. The most exciting single day during my time at NCAC was "A Conversation With Toni Morrison," a small event for major donors where Toni Morrison talked about the power of the written word. Working at NCAC was an invaluable immersion in the operations of a small nonprofit committed to the protection of free expression. I now hope and expect that the concept of First Amendment rights as human rights will be central to my career.