Our Editorial Board welcomed two new writers this spring Andrea Atherton and Chassidy Gipson. They are joined by the talented Jessica Spohn who has written for us over the past year. Their editor is the amazing and accomplished Dr. Kayte Branch. To learn more about this exciting program or to submit articles for consideration check the e-board page here.
Since Jessica has become a special part of our family this past year we wanted you to get to know her better, we recently sat down with her to learn more about the woman behind the words. One quick read and you will know why we are her super fans!
Jessica Spohn is a dual Master’s degree student in Public Health and Social Work at New Mexico State University. Her main focus for advocacy and education is with the GLBTQ community, sexual and relationship violence, and alcohol/tobacco harm reduction. She is super excited to have the honor of continuing to write for the Editorial Board! You can (try to) follow Jessica’s random thoughts and ideas on why living like 5-year-olds will solve the world’s problems on Twitter at @lessthanthreeya
What made you want to be a part of the One Student Editorial Board?
A lot of the news we see on TV and read in articles is biased and victim blaming. I want to voice the flip side, or both sides, or congratulate the good stories. We need more focus on bystander intervention and general education on diversity if we are going to make progress in defeating rape culture. Plus, I’ve been a fan of One Student since it launched; the No Woman Left Behind campaign is very special to me.
What do you hope campus communities will gain from reading your articles?
Confidence. Sometimes, people just need ideas for starting a movement, like knowing that there are others with the same thoughts working toward the same goal. One person’s voice turns into big numbers quickly, but it takes confidence to be the first or one of the first to speak out.
What’s your favorite breakfast food?
I’m so bad and I don’t usually eat breakfast! But I really, really love California-style breakfast burritos… it’s all kinds of deliciousness wrapped up in tortilla, plus french fries.
What song would be the perfect backdrop to a documentary film about your life?
I have such an eclectic taste in music, it’s hard to choose (I had a list with 5 songs and then I decided that was too many). So “Try” by P!nk, and “I’mma Shine” by Youngbloodz. And my documentary would have to be a musical.
What inspires you?
Resiliency and perseverance, and people with incredible optimism even when life is mean.