MACON – Mercer University rising junior Emily Cuarenta was recently selected for the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC), a summer internship program coordinated by the Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) program at Hampshire College.
RRASC, which began in 1999, places undergraduate students at paid internships at reproductive rights and social justice organizations across the country.
This year, the corps received 778 applications from undergraduates at colleges and universities in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and Guam. From this applicant pool, CLPP selected 25 interns for this summer’s cohort. Each intern attended CLPP’s annual conference in April for pre-internship training and spent three days at Hampshire College learning about reproductive rights, social justice and skills specific to each internship.
Cuarenta, a women’s and gender studies major from Lawrenceville with minors in anthropology and global health studies, plans to attend graduate school to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in women’s health.
“My life revolves around advocacy for healthcare access, education, feminism and anything else that intersects with those issues,” said Cuarenta.
Headquartered at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, CLPP works to inspire, educate, train and support new activists and leadership to secure reproductive freedom, justice and sexual rights for everyone. For more information on CLPP and RRASC, visit clpp.hampshire.edu/leadership- programs/rrasc/rrasc-interns.