Congratulations to our 2020 Summer Interns!

Congratulations RRASC 2020 Interns!
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RRASC 2020 Yearbook Photo


Our Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) provides paid summer internships for undergraduate students that bridge their academic work with real-world activism, giving them experience in research, advocacy, grassroots organizing, and more.

This year, we're piloting remote internships for all of our students. COVID-19 has deeply affected the world and made everyone shift their priorities and routines. We're excited to be able to respond to this moment by creating much-needed remote opportunities for undergraduate students, which will allow for greater diversity in our applicant pool and increase the number of organizations we can support. We're committed to ensuring our interns can become the next generation of reproductive justice leaders safely.

We've heard from so many of our RRASC alums how this program changed their lives and set them on a course to create real change in the ongoing fight for reproductive freedom and justice. It's because of our generous supporters that this program is able to welcome 34 new RRASC interns this year! Please consider making a gift of support today to help this year's cohort and to fuel this vital program in the future.

We're thrilled to introduce our 2020 RRASC interns!

Who: Our fourth national corps is comprised of 34 passionate, bright students who will complete 10-week summer internships at reproductive and social justice organizations around the country.

What: Since the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps began in 1999, we have placed over 525 interns at 156 host organizations around the country and internationally. In 2015, for the first time, we opened our program to students nationwide.

Why: The number of applicants is a powerful reminder that the fight for comprehensive reproductive health care is far from over — and college students throughout the country are eager to join the movement. The RRASC program also provides invaluable support to reproductive and social justice organizations around the country.

How: As our interns begin their ten-week program, we are continuing to actively raise the $255,000 to fully fund 34 RRASC interns. CLPP covers their stipends, covers the costs of training, airfare, and other programmatic costs. With your help, we can expand the program so that we can accept more interns next year.

Where: This year due to COVID-19, all RRASCs will be working remotely. Each intern will be provided with an internet stipend and a remodeled check-in structure to keep them connected while apart. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and care to keep our interns safe, so they can begin life changing work in reproductive justice.

Check out all of these amazing placements and just imagine the ripple effect for the movement. We hope you'll make a gift of support for this incredible program and for this year's cohort. 

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In solidarity and love,

Marisa Pizii, Deputy Director of Programs

P.S. Your support makes it possible for us to expand our corps, leveraging the passion and energy of college students around the country who are signing up in large numbers to fight for reproductive health, rights and justice.

Congratulations to our 2020 Interns! 

Aisha, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, ACLU of Colorado, Denver, CO

Alex, The University of Texas at El Paso, TX: Southwest Women's Law Center, Albuquerque, NM

Alyssa Stenson, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ: Advocates for Youth, Washington, D.C.

Andrea Ponce Mata, University of California, Berkeley, CA: Access - Women’s Health Justice, Oakland, CA

Anupriya, University of Washington, WA: SIECUS, Washington, D.C.

Araya Dunne, University of Iowa, IA: SisterLove Inc., Atlanta, GA

Aura Lindo, University of Central Florida, FL: The Doula Project, New York, NY

Baylor, Georgia State University, GA: Project South, Atlanta, GA

Carizma Forbes, Howard University, D.C.: Power U Center for Social Change, Miami, FL

Cheyanna Duran, New England Conservatory, MA: The Theater Offensive, Boston, MA

Denisce Palacios, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, TX: Women Have Options, Columbus, OH

Elí Alejo, Hampshire College, MA: National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Oakland, CA

Eric Qiu, The University of Texas at Austin, TX: Political Research Associates, Somerville, Massachusetts

Fiona, Tulane University, LA: Teachers Unite, New York, NY

Iesha Phillips, Oberlin College, OH: Ohio Justice and Policy Center, Cincinnati, OH

Jhossett, William Paterson University, NJ: Sadie Nash Leadership Program, New York, NY

Julia Teresa Martinez, Agnes Scott College, GA: Access Reproductive Care-Southeast, Atlanta, GA

LaKia Williams, Tulane University of Louisiana, LA: SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Atlanta, GA

Laura Ramirez, University of California, Davis, CA: ACLU Colorado, Denver, CO

Linh Ngoc Bui, Mount Holyoke College, MA: Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Madison Hill, DePaul University, IL: Feminist Women's Health Center, Atlanta, GA

Minerva Garcia, Texas A&M University College Station, TX: Ibis Reproductive Health, Cambridge, MA

Omar Lazcano, The University of Texas at Arlington, TX: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE), Washington, D.C.

Ricardo Vega, Wesleyan University, CT: Teachers Unite, New York, NY

Sami Watts, New England Conservatory, MA: California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Los Angeles, CA

Sarah Szilagy, Ohio State University, OH: NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, Columbus, OH

Selah, Western Washington University, WA: Southern Birth Justice Network

Sonya Bhatia, Tufts University, MA: Georgia WAND, Atlanta, GA

Sonya, University of Texas at Austin, TX: Sadie Nash Leadership Project, New York, NY

Sun, Georgia State University, GA: SisterLove Inc., Atlanta, GA

Veronika V. Granado,Univeristy of Texas at San Antonio, TX: Carolina Abortion Fund, Durham, NC

Vishu Chandrasekhar, Case Western Reserve University, OH: Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP), New York, NY

Yiwen Bao, Mount Holyoke College, MA: Forward Together, Oakland, CA

Zahria Thomas, Hampshire College, MA: SPARK Reproductive Justice Now, Atlanta, GA


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