Tera Meerkins

Age: 25
Home Town: Ellsworth, WI
Education: BA Psychology and Minor Gender and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Specific Field Interests: Education and gender empowerment
Placement: VOICE4Girls (Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh)
Area of Focus: Youth Development

Highlights: Tera is committed to public service and a life-long pursuit of social justice. As an undergrad, Tera was immersed in experiences and academics focused on international development, gender equality, and education. She worked in youth development as a crisis counselor at Briarpatch, a runaway and homeless center for adolescents, and in gender equality and violence prevention as the Chair of PAVE, an organization dedicated to preventing sexual assault and domestic violence through education and activism. She then spent two years working to close the achievement gap as a founding 2010 Louisiana Delta Teach For America corps member teaching special education in rural northeast Louisiana. Additionally, Tera has experience in community organizing as a fellow for Organizing for America (OFA). Most recently, Tera has continued this work as the Educator Advocacy Project Manager for Stand for Children Louisiana. In her role with Stand, she worked with educators across the state to advocate for and implement policies to ensure all students regardless of their background, graduate prepared for and with access to a college education. Tera is excited to apply her experience in gender empowerment and education to ensure that girls in India have increased opportunities to achieve their potential.

The Final Performance

Hundreds of girls squirmed in their seats as they faced the stage under the enormous tent that had been erected that morning, transforming the school courtyard into a performance hall. 

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A Holiday in a New Home

We knew an Islamic holiday was nearing because Gabrielle (my fellow fellow and flat mate) had a day off work.  After a 15 hour overnight bus journey from a weekend

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