Ciara Chivers was an Undergraduate Scholar in 2012 when she interned for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).
Where are you from?
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
Tufts University, where I graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in religion as well as peace and justice studies.
What was the best part of your internship?
My internship with DCPS gave me an inside look at the challenges particular to large school districts that have undergone significant changes in policy, governance, and school structure. DCPS’s internship program connected interns with educational leaders in the district and provided ample opportunity to learn more about the structural dimensions of education.
What lessons did you learn that you would like to pass on to future interns?
It is not enough to bring a critical consciousness to social justice work; our critiques of problematic systems are incomplete without a vision and plan for an alternative world.
What are you doing now?
I’m currently working in development for The Steppingstone Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that develops and implements programs that prepare under-served students in the Boston area for educational opportunities that lead to college success. I also volunteer with the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund and the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center.
What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?
Whether through development, education, or policy, I would like to contribute in some way to the important work of reproductive justice.
What is your favorite book and what are you reading now?
I just finished The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and would highly recommend reading anything written by Morrison. More than a brilliant architect of prose and imagery, Morrison’s ability to strike at the heart of both overt and subtle forms of racism, classism, and sexism continues to leave me breathless.
Tell us a fun fact!
I planned (with the permission of my surprisingly enthusiastic parents) a giant outdoor food fight for my 9th birthday party.