Jessica Foreman served as the Community Outreach Organizer with Inclusive Communities, a nonprofit dedicated to confronting prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination through educational programs that raise awareness, foster leadership and encourage advocacy for a just and inclusive society. The organization is also a building partner housed within the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (Weitz CEC).
The Judy Monaghan Student Internship gave Foreman the opportunity to work as a paid intern for an organization, like Inclusive Communities, while the organization receives her support at no cost. The experience also provides professional and personal growth for eager students like Foreman.
Foreman’s role as Community Outreach Organizer included facilitating the Trailblazers afterschool program at Lewis and Clark Middle School. She spoke to the students about bigotry and discrimination, engaging and educating them through open dialogue and reflection activities. Discrimination and residential segregation are both issues of large concern in Omaha.
“It just takes openness so I tried to encourage the middle schoolers to be open and understanding, and want to get to know each other a little more." Foreman believes she was able to make a change, and still can in the future.
Foreman says that being on campus in the Weitz CEC with over thirty other
This internship opportunity has also helped her find other opportunities in the building. After Inclusive Communities, she worked as the Senior Analyst with the Volunteer Program Assessment-University of Nebraska Omaha (VPA-UNO). In this role, she helped VPA-UNO in the data collection and evaluation of nonprofit volunteer programs to help organizations engage and maintain their volunteers.
Foreman says she is excited to transition to the Urban Studies Master's Program in the near future.
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