Nureen in Atlanta

Nureen, a sophomore in Dedman College who plans to major in advertising, has an internship in Atlanta with the American Civil Liberties Union. Nureen is one of nine SMU students awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Public Service Internship for Summer 2009 from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. She says she is looking forward to seeing the ACLU’s commitment, devotion, passion and service for human rights in action.

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Working for a greater purpose

I’ve been keeping busy and staying involved with as much as possible – I want to get as much as I can out of this experience!

Recently, I’ve been going to steering committee meetings for many of our sister organizations, such as Amnesty International, Georgia Detention Watch, Human Rights Atlanta, etc. These meetings have really enlightened me on the dynamic that exists within these organizations – they each consist of such diverse members that come together to work for one greater purpose.

Over the last two weeks, I have done many things – some of which consist of attending a high-profile national securities weeklong case, planning a transgender rights march called “Stonewall 40 Campaign,” and planning a “Know Your Rights” immigrants rights presentation.

I attended a rally several days ago and even ran into an old friend who’s interning with Amnesty International – one of our sister organizations. It was great being able to band together and stand up for what we believed in and make a difference by informing the public – that is, until we were rained on!

Every day, I am reminded of how many injustices go unnoticed and am grateful to be working for an organization that is helping to defend our rights.

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