Alyssa Meurer

Credentials: Undergraduate Spanish Major

Activities

My favorite activity has been assisting a research lab led by Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, studying enhanced visitation between incarcerated parents and their children. Additionally, I was on the executive board of the UW campus chapter of Food Recovery Network, a national nonprofit aimed at ending food insecurity while mitigating food waste. I also participated in the National Organization for Women and ASM Equity and Inclusion Committee early in my undergraduate career, presented a couple times at the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and played piano accompaniment for voice students.

Favorite Class

I loved hands-on learning with research, so my favorite class was probably Poverty and Place taught by Dr. Leann Tigges. Each of the students conducted a pretty extensive case study on a rural county with high child poverty rates, and I presented mine at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2019. I learned a ton about place-based poverty, and dug deep into the intersections between race, poverty, and policy.

Memory

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I really miss going to Badger football games in the student section, cheering with the crowd and enjoying the celebration with the entire Madison community! I am very excited to return as an alum in the near future.

The Future?

In the fall, I will be starting at UC-Berkeley Law School, focusing on public interest law. I hope to engage with transformative justice strategies and movement lawyering in my career as an attorney, fighting systems of oppression and serving clients while utilizing my Spanish skills.

Words of Wisdom

There are so many opportunities and people willing to support students at UW-Madison, so I want to just thank everyone who has helped guide my journey, from other students to professors to faculty that have helped me become the person that I am today.