Jalisa Whitley ’11 is working for the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. this summer.
Whitley works in the advocacy department of Campus Progress, working on youth issues and efforts to empower young people to be political and social justice leaders by providing resources, training, mentoring, and monetary support. Whitley has been focusing on research, writing and event support. Currently, she is working on the impact of Voter ID laws, and their disenfranchising effect on youth, the poor, and minority voters.
The Center for American Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and action. The agency develops policy ideas, critiques policy, and challenges the media to cover the issues that shape the national debate. The agency focuses on the policy surrounding issues such as energy, national security, economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and healthcare.
“My experience has been exciting. I’ve been able to learn about the various departments of the organization and help with the Campus Progress National Conference. Everyday is different and the position gives me a lot of flexibility to pursue my interests through writing, researching, and attending events. It has clarified my career goals and my hope to continue to work on advocacy issues and social policy,” said Whitley.
After the summer internship, Whitley hopes to be admitted into an AmeriCorps program in the fall.
Whitley graduated cum laude with a B.A. in sociology and public policy studies. She was an active member of Jumpstart, and studied abroad in Central Europe.
The photo above was taken of Whitley as a student when she volunteered in the Geneva community.