Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life
The Sue Shear Institute is proud to announce the Inaugural Class for LEAD.
LEAD's program is designed by Sue Shear Institute Apprentices Lauren Masterson-Rodriguez and Melissa Alper.
Lauren Masterson-Rodriguez is a senior at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, majoring in Anthropology and is intending on attending law school fall of 2011. During fall semester 2009 Lauren studied abroad at the National University of Ireland in Galway, during her time there she focused her studies on health, law and policy. She is currently the treasurer of UMSL's Hispanic Latino Student Association, and Midwest Model UN. She is also president of the Honors College Student Association at UMSL. Lauren is a board member of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri; she also sits on the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative and is a University Ambassador. Last summer she attended Georgetown College while interning at the Healthcare Leadership Council in Washington, DC. She is particularly interested in health care policy, and plans on completing a law degree in health law, and policy. Lauren will be completing a legislative internship this winter semester through the Associated Students of the University of Missouri.
Public Policy Administration
Melissa Alper is a senior political science major studying public policy administration while pursuing minors in Spanish and business administration. She transferred to UMSL her junior year after spending two years studying with honors at the Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. At UMSL, Melissa was inducted into Golden Key International Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and currently studies in the Pierre Laclede Honors College at UMSL on the Dean’s List. Melissa is the Service Chairperson of the Pierre Laclede Honors College and the Vice President of the Political Science Academy. Melissa is also a member of the Associated Students of the University of Missouri, lobbying on behalf of the students of UMSL and increasing political awareness on campus. Busy as an active volunteer for the National Council of Jewish Women, Melissa works to integrate information systems and public policy in order to bring change-makers and today’s activists on the same level. Melissa intends to pursue a Masters in Social Work at Washington University after participating in Coro St. Louis' Fellows Program in Public Affairs. Melissa has lobbied in Jefferson City and interned for State Representative Jill Schupp. She has also volunteered with Planned Parenthood and plans to intern with them in the spring to promote medically accurate comprehensive sex-education in the St. Louis area. She passionately enjoys singing and both the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues.
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