Maddyson Meuret — 2019 Women’s and Gender Studies graduate with minors in LGBTQA+ and Human Rights
What is your job title, and what kind of work does it involve?
Victim Advocate and Graduate Student. I am currently working at Women's Center for Advancement in which I am a Victim Advocate. My focus in my graduate studies are sexual assault and domestic violence. I am attending UNO dual program in social work and criminal justice. I hope to continue my career in advocacy with sexual assault and domestic violence victims and eventually work for the Department of Justice or the FBI in their victim witness unit.
What sparked your interest in your areas of study?
I have always been passionate about helping minority groups such as people of color and the queer community. Throughout my undergrad I focused on human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Unfortunately, this affects every population and I think that it is important to show support and resources to survivors when there is often not any moral support for them.
What is a quote that has inspired you?
"When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak." - Audre Lorde
This speaks well for the WGS department in the fact that advocating for what you believe in is important. In all forms, it ensures that those who are silenced, can be heard. My WGS degree has taught me to think outside the box, prepared me with the necessary tools to be successful in working with a diverse clientele, and to not be afraid to fight social injustices.
What is the path you took to get to where you are today in your career and how have you applied your education in your area of study to get there?
I have always had a passion for helping people. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, but once I put myself out there and asked questions I found what I was looking for. One thing I am glad I did, was utilize all the resources on campus, such as professors' office hours, research labs, the women's center and LGBTQA+ center as well.
Were there any other experiences from your time at UNL that helped you get to where you are now?
I could not be where I am without all the amazing professors and staff in the WGS department that helped support me throughout my journey at UNL. Special thanks to Dr. Medici-Thiemann, Dr. Holland, Dr. Holz and Professor Ratcliff.