Katherine Maher

Major: Sociology
Minor: Women and Gender Studies
Institute: Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
Hometown: Troy, MI

With what organizations are you involved on campus?

  • LGBriTs
  • Black Student Alliance
  • Organization for Latino/a Awareness
  • Power
  • Theatre
  • Umbrella
  • Dead Pinnochio’s Theatre

Why did you choose Ford?

With my interest in politics and helping other people, I was thrilled to find an institute like Ford at Albion College. I hope, someday, to go into the human rights realm, and knowledge about public policy and service will be more than applicable for what I want to do.

What current issue/topic is important to you?

I am very interested in LGBTQ+ rights and non-discrimination policy. It is something that I am very passionate about, and I hope to dedicate a lot of my energy to the cause and making the country and the world a safer, healthier place for everyone.

In what ways have you been involved with this cause at Albion?

I have been working with LGBriTs throughout our Coming Out Week Events, and will be working with the organization with all the energy and passion I can bring.

What has been the most influential moment for you thus far at Albion College?

My most influential moment at Albion was my participation in the Inside Out program through Men and Masculinities (Sociology class) at Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan. It was truly the most amazing experience of my life, giving me the unique opportunity to interact with and get to know some of the individuals living at the facility.

What do you envision yourself doing after Albion?

I hope to join the Peace Corps after college, although in what capacity I am not sure. I, then, want to pursue a masters degree in social services, and hope to dedicate my life to helping other people.

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