Hi everyone. I’m Jessica, a junior studying creative writing. I’m interested in social movements because I am interested in a world that is a lot less lame (and the use of media to make it so). In addition to the wealth of social movements happening today, I have a particular interest in the relationship between religious communities and social movements. In my experience, religious community can be the source of an additional layer of oppression, imposing outdated, often discriminatory values on its members. However, it is clear that this doesn’t have to be the case, and I’m interested in researching the ways in which communities that form around religion can provide the basis for positive social change. Another, closely related interest of mine is social movement inside of a religious community, e.g., a feminist movement to allow women to become priests/monks/rabbis.