My name is Sofia, and I’m the new Communications Associate Intern at Impact Network here in the Brooklyn, NY office. I’m going to be helping out with social media, the press list, storytelling, and other communication and administrative needs for the next couple of months! I’m thrilled to have the chance to be a part of this organization. Everyone deserves access to quality education no matter where in the world they live.
I’m originally from a small town in Northeast NJ, but now I live here in the city. I’m currently a senior at Pace University, majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies with a double minor in Peace & Justice Studies and Communications. In addition to going to school full-time, I work part-time at a small locally owned gift shop in the East Village.
Last spring, I interned at an organization that was looking to end street harassment. I was inspired by their mission to create a world where all humans have the ability to exist in public space without being harassed, regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexuality, or any other aspects of their identity.
Throughout my time at Pace, I have gotten the chance to take some amazing classes that have opened my eyes to injustices both at the national and international level. I learned about girls all over the world in my “The Girl Child: A Global Perspective” course, the ins and outs of nonprofits in “Women and Change in the Nonprofit Sector”, and conflict transformation, humanitarianism, and international reconciliation in my peace and justice courses. One of my favorite and most influential classes I took at Pace was my “Feminist Activism” course. I had the opportunity to create and implement a campaign based on street harassment for an entire semester. Along with the rest of my class, we monitored social media accounts, shared stories of harassment, and posted flyers of harassment statistics all over our school. The campaign culminated in an artivism event, combining art and activism to bring awareness to street harassment in all of its various forms. We had over 100 students attend our event, making it one of the most attended school events of the year.
I’m currently taking another really exciting course at Pace: “Gender and Human Rights”. The bulk of the class is spent attending the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for two weeks in March. We will serve as delegates and advocates for specific causes that are most important to us, attending and participating in events. I’m so appreciative to have the opportunity to try my hand at international advocacy and see if it’s something I can see myself doing in the future!
I’m super excited to spend the next few months working at Impact Network! I’m already so inspired by the team, both here in NYC and in Zambia, and all of the work that the staff and teachers are implementing. I’ve only been here two days and I already feel so welcomed. I feel extremely fortunate and lucky to be able to contribute to the work they are doing, even in the smallest of ways!