CLPP Alumni: Connecting and Creating Change (Fall 2012)

Cara Page (Hampshire Alum 88F, Conference Coordinator and Speaker, NLNI) is the new executive director of the Audre Lorde Project (ALP), a center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, trans and gender non-conforming people of color in New York City. Previously, Cara founded and was a member of the Kindred Collective (a network of Southern grassroots healers and health practitioners working to transform generational trauma and violence in the South), and an active participant in Southerners on New Ground, Project South, and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. She now turns her wisdom, passion and experience to deepening, sustaining and expanding ALP’s community organizing.

Emily Ryan (Hampshire Alum 06F, Conference Coordinator, RRASC) is currently completing the post-baccalaureate premedical program at the University of Vermont. She is on the board of Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom and volunteers at RU12?, an LGBTQ community center that is also a RRASC host site. Emily also continues to work with CLPP alum Katie Coupe and Hampshire professor Elizabeth Conlisk on a project that began as her Hampshire Division III (senior project), a portable gynecological exam table designed for use in low-resource communities. Emily says than anyone interested in the post-bac pre-med program at UVM is welcome to get in touch with her! (Contact the CLPP office for more info.)

Jessica Kincman (RRASC, Student Group): After graduating from UMass Amherst in 2009, Jessica worked in the acute treatment unit of a residential treatment facility, where she worked with females ages 12-18 who were diagnosed with a variety of mood disorders. This sparked a further interest in clinical services and access within the United States. She moved to New Orleans and is enrolled at Tulane University School of Social Work with a concentration in Disaster Mental Health. Inspired by her 2008 RRASC internship at the National Network of Abortion Funds, she recently joined with a few other women to start the New Orleans Abortion Fund. (Previously there was no fund in Louisiana or neighboring states). Follow @nolaabortionFND on Twitter or find them online at www.facebook.com/neworleansabortionfund.

Meredith Crafton (Hampshire Alum 00F, Conference Coordinator, PopDev, RRASC) recently graduated from Vermont Law School with a JD and a master’s in Environmental Law and Policy. She landed a job in Seattle as a legal intern—soon to be a staff attorney—at Hanford Challenge, a small nonprofit working to further the safe and effective cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Site (one of the world’s largest environmental remediation projects). Along the Columbia River in eastern Washington, Hanford is contaminated with billions of gallons of radioactive waste from years of plutonium production for the U.S.’s nuclear weapons arsenal. Meredith works to ensure compliance with environmental regulations as well as to support whistle-blowers in furthering accountability and safety at the site. She also helps sick workers and community members get the compensation they deserve and to increase public awareness of the toxic legacy of nuclear waste.

Sabrina Andrus (Conference Speaker, NLNI) was recently appointed Executive Director of Law Students for Reproductive Justice after a nationwide search. Having worked at LSRJ previously as interim Executive Director, Director of Campus and Community Programs, and Board member, Sabrina brings a strong commitment to reproductive justice. “I am tremendously honored and excited to lead this organization that I love so much and to stand with the women and men who work every day to ensure that all people are able to decide when, whether, and how to have and parent children,” she says.

Yana Tallon-Hicks (Hampshire Alum 04F, RRASC): Yana’s RRASC internship at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco introduced her to the world of sex-positive education. After her internship, she stayed in the city to research her Division III and work at legendary female-positive sex toy store Good Vibrations. Currently, she lives in Northampton, MA, where she teaches sex toy workshops (including one for the 2011 CLPP conference) and writes about sex and sexuality for national magazines and local newspapers. Read the Valley Advocate for her weekly sex advice column, “The V-Spot.”

Tell Us Your News

Have you participated in a CLPP program—taken a class, attended NLNI or the conference, or done a RRASC internship? We want to hear about your work, creations or achievements. Send your news to kgood-schiff@hampshire.edu and we’ll help you spread the word via this newsletter and/or our blog! Read the Spring 2012 Alumni News.

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