Gates Public Service Law Scholarship Awarded to First Recipients

Emily Alvarado

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Emily said it was her experience as a student in the public school system and her mother's influence, which instilled in her a sense of social awareness. She attended Scripps College in Claremont, California, and after graduation, began her social justice career working for California Peace Action, a grassroots peace and justice organization. Emily then interned in the campaign office of U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (9th District, California).

For the last year and a half, Emily has worked for Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon as a Public Affairs field organizer. It was there she solidified her passion for reproductive health and women's rights advocacy.

"I firmly believe that women are unable to fully participate in society if they cannot control their own fertility," she said. "I want to ensure that all women have the right and ability to access reproductive health care services regardless of their race, socioeconomic status or citizenship." Emily would like to continue to work with the reproductive rights movement as an advocate.

"I am committed to use my personal opportunities to create a more just and equitable society."

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