Under the direction of Professor Elizabeth Sasser, throughout the fall semester, these five senior public policy students in the Capstone Program seen (from left to right: Patrick Clifford, Nancy Munguia, Nazneen Khan, Ann Marie Ingram, Mary Katherine Sowers.) have been preparing a report on the status of women in both the more urban center of Pittsboro and the more rural sections of the county. Working with the Mayor of Pittsboro, the Honorable Cindy Perry, as well as city and county staff, along with local nonprofits and private citizens, students will add to the work of WomenNC’s CSW scholars as they explore gender disparities in North Carolina. Stay tuned for their final report!
Patrick Clifford is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill. I am double majoring in Public Policy and Political Science. I serve as the Editor-in-Chief of The Internationalist Undergraduate Journal of Foreign Affairs and the Communications Chair of Civics in the Triangle – a student organization that teaches social justice, history, and citizenship to 4th and 5th graders in Chapel Hill. I have little experience working with women’s issues; however, I am excited to assist the Capstone project and to promote the mission of WomenNC in whatever capacity I can!
Ann Marie Ingram is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill. This year, I am completing a Political Science and Public Policy double major with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. On campus I serve as a Senior Staff Writer for the Carolina Political Review. This past summer, I was a Moxie Scholar at the Carolina Women’s Center. Through the program, I was placed at the ERA-NC Alliance–one of WomenNC’s partner organizations–working on political strategy for the organization’s mission: to make North Carolina the 38th (and final) state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. I am excited to use the skills and experience I gained from my internship this summer for WomenNC’s cause.
Nazneen Khan is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill. Along with studying Public Policy with the Health Concentration, I am also studying Medical Anthropology. Apart from academia, I’m involved in organizations that strengthen my interest in Public Health such as American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) and refugee volunteering. In my free time, I like to venture into nature and improve my photography skills.
Nancy Munguia is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill. I am majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Music. Along with finishing my degree, I also participate in the UNC Symphony Orchestra and work part-time at Primrose School at Hope Valley Farms. I hope to use my academic knowledge and prior work experience to contribute to the success of our project and WomenNC’s goals.
Mary Katherine Sowers is a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill. I am majoring in both Public Policy and Journalism with a concentration in Advertising. This past summer, I had the opportunity to intern in the House of Representatives and the Financial Services Committee. I was able to learn about creating policy first-hand and all of the work it entails. I am excited to use my skills that I have learned from both UNC and internships to help WomenNC progress their objectives.
Faculty advisor: Elizabeth Sasser, M.P.P.
Sasser served as a policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy through the first term of the Obama Administration. She worked with Administration leadership on strategies to advance the nation’s interests on environmental and energy issues, focusing primarily on bilateral relations with China. Sasser worked with Department of Energy laboratories, private and public sector stakeholders, and Chinese officials to negotiate the terms of U.S.-China clean energy cooperation and then execute on those agreements. In her role with the Department of Energy, Elizabeth brought together a wide range of stakeholders from the public and private sectors to forge cooperative paths forward on the difficult issues of the day.