Ashley Clark

Ashley has long been a pillar of strength for her entire family seeing them through illnesses and providing other support and hope for the future. Ashley is seeking to get her Masters Degree in community development which will help her to better understand the causes of social, economic and environmental issues and injustices in developing countries and thus allow her to better serve those who have not been given an equal opportunity to succeed. Ashley has extensive experience helping communities in need. She has dedicated her life so far to serving underprivileged communities in the US and abroad. Her experience and passion for community development began with a semester in Belize City during her junior year where she did research and worked with the Department of Women's affairs. After returning from Belize she also received a grant from SUNY Geneseo to investigate the efficacy of federal and local refugee resettlement policies. After her undergraduate graduation she began to work with non-profit, conservation organizations where she volunteered her time and developed bilingual presentations for Hispanic visitors and organized community environmental education programs. She is currently employed at the Catalina Island Marine Institute, a non-profit organization, where she teaches and develops environmental education programs for children in the greater Los Angeles area. Earning her Masters degree in community development will help her to better understand the causes of social, economic and environmental issues and injustices in developing countries and thus allow her to better serve those who have not been given an equal opportunity to succeed.

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