Meet Erin Lee, our full-time program intern this semester. In her first month, she’s already brought a wealth of organizing and research talent. So let’s get to know her!
Advoz: What is your focus of study?
Erin: Social work with a sociology minor. My main interests include community development, social policy and administration.
Advoz: Why were you interested in learning and serving at Advoz?
Erin: I believe the mediation and restorative practices Advoz offers are essential to maintaining a well-balanced community. When our communities are balanced, there are so many benefits like mental and physical health, an increase in opportunities to develop essential skills for people to contribute the community.
Advoz: What is your favorite part about the internship at Advoz so far?
Erin: I would defiantly have to say, the diverse expertise and skills each staff member has. When we are in a staff meeting, or brainstorming ideas, I am always learning new ways to analyze and think.
Advoz: Where do you plan to take the skills and principals learned?
Erin: I am currently applying to graduate school for my master’s in social work, concentrating in macro social work.
Advoz: Is there a story about a favorite scar that you can tell?
Erin: My favorite one happened when I was in elementary school cooking dinner with my grandma. I was chopping carrots to make a salad, and I ended up stepping backwards and dropping the knife right down into my foot. I don’t quite remember my reaction (probably tears), but I remember looking down and seeing the knife in the middle of my foot! Thankfully, the knife was small, and I didn’t have to go the emergency room. But I still have the scar on my foot as evidence that I should never be chef.
Say hello to Erin if you happen to come by the Advoz office on North Duke Street. And our Open House is coming up during the Extraordinary Give, Friday, November 16th, when Advoz hosts cappuccino (or chai) and biscotti on the house! More at www.extragive.org/organizations/advoz
As I write this blog, I am in my ninth week of interning with Advoz: Mediation & Restorative Practices. It has been a healing experience for me to work with Advoz staff and volunteers because they center relationships in all aspects of their work. I have witnessed...