Meet Marian Gardner, New Intern With MIA: MGA at the UN
"I am a few weeks into my internship position with MIA Mercy Global Action at the UN and I am absolutely loving it. Thank you to the efforts of Colleen and Sr. Angela my transition has been going very well. I recently graduated from Brandeis University with a double major in International Global Studies and Health: Science, Society, and Policy and a minor in Legal Studies. I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and at the age of nine I was adopted by a large diverse family, who lived in the state of Maine. My experiences of social injustice while living in Ethiopia created my strong passion for advocating for marginalized communities and advancing human rights.
As a result, advocacy work was a huge part of my college years. My activities as an activist and advocate included: the creation of a platform for various narratives of undocumented immigrants, lobbying for the passage of an education bill, and promoting civic engagement among my undergraduate peers.
Through my internship at the Massachusetts State House, I learned about advocacy through legislation. I had the opportunity to engage with international human rights work when I served as an intern at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international nonprofit organization. Additionally, during my study abroad in Argentina, I conducted an independent research to examine the exploitation of undocumented Bolivian immigrants in the textile industry. These valuable experiences affirmed my passion for activism and global justice issues, which is why I wanted to be a part of MIA: MGA at the UN.
I am passionate about MIA’s commitment to bringing the grassroots experience to international human rights advocacy. I hope to utilize my experiences to provide a unique perspective to the MGA at the UN team. I look forward to meeting and collaborating with Sisters of Mercy network and contributing to the larger goal of achieving a more just world."
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