Lizzie Herskovitz

"I arrived at Hampshire with big dreams of making change for women and families, but no idea what that work would actually look like. I had a hunch that the environmental degradation and oppression that I saw and worried about were connected, but no framework to understand those concepts (and I didn’t know the word ‘intersectionality’ yet). The first CLPP conference I attended changed that for me. I was able to hear from people doing this work in a fabulous profusion of settings and roles, fighting their unique good fight with such passion and hopefulness. And that made me feel that not only could I work for reproductive justice too, but that I had to.

"After that experience I took several courses taught by CLPP faculty, and completed a RRASC internship at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City. Several years later, I became a Certified Nurse Midwife. Every day I see women whose health has been impacted by injustice. Every day I see women for whom bad options are the only option. The social justice framework I learned from CLPP is what guides my approach to these problems, to the larger health system I work in, and it also makes it sustainable for me.

Name: Lizzie Herskovitz

CLPP Alum: Student Organizer, 2002-2004 Summer Intern (RRASC), 2004; Conference Speaker, 2013

Now:  I am a Certified Nurse Midwife at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. I work as part of a team of midwives and OB-GYNs to take care of a really diverse group of families in a busy hospital. My job includes well woman care, STI testing, family planning, prenatal care, and catching many, many, babies.