Grad Profile: Cora Segal '11

Cora Segal '11 was an Emerging Leader with SLP this past summer, where she lead a peer action group on the Occupy movement. She is currently a first-year at Smith College and will be a featured speaker at the March against Rape Culture and Gender Inequality at Boston Common on October 13.

How did your experience at the City School impact and shape your life?

Working at TCS was a life changing experience. It put me on the same level in organizing as people with more and less privilege than me. Before, any type of project for change that I had done, youth were divided by systems of oppression (class, race, gender, size, sexual orientation). The City School made sure to create a safe community where those hierarchies did not exist (or at least we aimed for them to not exist). Also, TCS gave me a voice for my own oppression as a woman. The TCS community taught me how my oppression is so connected to everyone else's oppression and that everyone else's fight is my fight and vice versa.

What's your favorite memory of the City School?

So many! Probably sharing freedom stories this at the beginning of the retreat. We had 80 people from very different backgrounds in one room but after sharing intense, personal experiences, it opened our eyes to how we're all impacted by a racist, sexist, heterosexist, capitalist system.

How have you continued your commitment to social justice beyond the City School?

I've been in involved with Occupy Boston. I'm in college now, I have joined a socialist organization, as well as an anarchist organization. I am also going to speak at a feminist march against gender inequality and rape culture.

If you could have a cup of coffee with one social justice activist, who would you choose?

That's a tough question! Probably Rigoberta Menchú, who is an indigenous, feminist, leftist activist from Guatemala.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I'd like to become a radical therapist, someone who helps people psychologically through an anti-oppression, anti capitalist way. So, I see myself studying that in grad school, continuing to try and be a white ally and participating in various activist organizations.

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