Where do you live on campus? Why do you like it?
I do not live on campus. I live at home with my parents because this option saves us money. However I enjoy Earlham's campus. There are many places to study and relax. At the same time even though the school is small there are many communal areas. I enjoy the campus size especially coming from a small city like Richmond.
Tell us about your classes this semester. Which are your favorites and why?
My classes this semester were very challenging, yet informative. I have learned a lot about the fundamental concepts of some subjects I will take for my major. My favorite class this semester was the Environmental Sustainability and Society class. We discussed the intersection between the environment society and the economy which was fascinating. I am excited to take the next portion of the class next year.
Why do you like Earlham?
I think Earlham's educational project is to awaken the teacher within. Earlhamites are critical readers, writers and thinkers who are more than willing to engage in serious dialogue about the issues that plague our current conditions. Unlike what most people assume about the school the student body is not homogenous. We are diverse not only academically but also culturally as well. I am more than honored to be a part of such an incredible institution; and I am sure my time at Earlham will prepare me for the future.
What are your plans for winter/summer break?
For winter break I am going to relax. I will probably read the books I have purchased throughout the year that I have been unable to read because of classes. I'm kind of a bibliophile — I just love books. I will also be preparing for my Spanish class this semester by brushing up on the language. This semester there were not any Spanish classes that I felt prepared for so I took a break on the language this semester. I will also be working on the goals for my internship through the Friends Committee on National Legislation. For summer break I will be flying to California to visit my friend.
What are your plans post-Earlham?
I plan to apply for the Friend Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Young Fellows Program. FCNL is a Quaker lobbying organization that addresses multiple social justice issues such a voting rights, immigration reform, welfare reform and environmental issues. The Young Fellows program is a year-long paid internship in which you lobby with one of FCNL's lobbyists. I want to work with the environmental staffer at FCNL. I already know her fairly well and she seems excited for me to apply. After that I may continue working through FCNL or continue with some other environmental lobbying firm.
Tell us about an off-campus program you did and what was special about it.
I am currently a member of the Friends Committee on National Legislation Advocacy Corp. This is a 9 month program in which FCNL selects 20 people from across the nation to be political organizers in their home district and state. We encourage people in our hometowns to lobby our national representatives to take action on certain issues. This year the Advocacy Corp is focused on climate change policy. Specifically we are asking our leaders in the House of Representatives (our representative is Luke Messer) to join the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus — a bipartisan organization in Congress that finds economically viable solutions to climate change. Also we are asking our members of Congress in both the House and the Senate to protect appropriations spending in the 2018 federal budget. Not only that, Advocacy Corp members have to complete six media (letters to the editor op-eds, radio interviews etc.) deliverables in order to inform the congressman/woman about the legislative ask. Finally the group must bring people the FCNL's Spring Lobby Weekend. This a weekend in March in which high school and college students from around the nation come to D.C. to lobby on a specific issue. This year we are focusing on protecting the DREAM Act. I am extremely honored to be a part of this program. It is a paid internship in which I do an activity that I am considering in the future which is lobbying/advocacy.
I am tremendously grateful and honored to be selected for this award. Thank you for this generous investment into my future and the future of African Americans in Richmond who wish to come to Earlham. You contribution to my education and the education of many others is invaluable.
Morgan Mack 2020
Hometown: Richmond, Indiana
Major at Earlham: Public Policy, Environmental Sustainability, minor in Spanish