Lindsey worked with the Crossroads Collaborative through Kore Press’ Grrls Literary Activism Project, which catalyzed her interest in both social action and storytelling. Lindsey is now a rising second year at Northeastern University in Boston studying International Affairs, Economics, and Arabic. She aspires to find a career that promotes women’s economic development.
The skills Lindsey learned through her work with Kore Press and the Crossroads Collaborative have translated to better her experience and research at Northeastern University. Lindsey’s mentors confirm her excellence at Kore Press. "Lindsey participated in the Grrls Literary Activism film projects with an open heart and mind. I loved watching her behind the camera learning the technological aspects of production, but she really shined in the interviewer's seat as she made strong connections with her interviewees through listening. She is certainly social justice oriented and I am impressed by her curiosity and the ways she has translated that into her academic interests in college,” states Jamie A. Lee, social justice filmmaker, archivist, activist, and doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona.
Lindsey’s work with Kore Press has set foundations for her experiences outside of the classroom. She volunteered at LIFT Boston: LIFT is an organization that pairs college students with low-income adults that helps them finding employment, housing, and basic needs. Lindsey said that, “one of the highlights of (her) past year was helping one of LIFT’s members receive rental assistance. (She) worked on community-based research examining housing in Boston’s South End neighborhood.” In addition, Lindsey and her team helped develop an updated environmental scan for a local nonprofit: United South End Settlements.
Lindsey’s academic excellence continues. She recently received an independent research grant from Northeastern to study how religious diversity is accommodated in public elementary schools on Long Island. She is collecting qualitative interviews from parents, administrators, teachers and religious community leaders. By majoring in International Affairs, she has been able to engage with the world in new and exciting ways. She particularly notes the impact of Anthropology, Sexuality in Religion and Globalization courses; these have all positively contributed to a basis of world engagement for Lindsey.
Lindsey says that she could not have had the confidence to pursue her research without the experience she gained with Grrls Literary Activism. Before beginning her interviews, she reached out to staff at Kore Press for advice and interview tips; this elucidated how meaningful it is to hear people’s stories and insights. Lindsey has been able to translate these experiences to become a more worldly and engaged student at Northeastern University.