Alumni Spotlight: Samantha Daley
Samantha graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013, with a Bachelor of Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations in Biomedical and Health Sciences and a Minor in Women’s Studies. She is already putting her passion for reproductive justice to use in the professional world. As a student organizer and a Correspondent for ChoiceWords, Samantha gained valuable skills and analysis that she now uses in her role as a Health Educator.
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How were you involved with Choice USA?
I was one of the first class of student correspondents in Choice USA, and a Campus leader in the University of Central Florida chapter
What do you do now and how do you bring a reproductive justice frame to the work you do?
Currently, I’m a health educator in a program operating within Planned Parenthood, and I bring reproductive justice to my position by providing access to knowledge, so that the young women I work with have agency over their own bodies and the education to make fun and safe decisions.
I am also a part of Echoing Ida, a collective of Black Women writers committed to amplifying the perspectives of our communities & social justice values. Echoing Ida is a project of Strong Families and Forward Together.
What skills or knowledge did you learn from Choice USA that you use in your current work/life?
I learned to open myself up to the possibilities, and fight for what I believe in. Speak up and don’t be afraid to share your voice, everyone has a different point of view to offer.
What are your top priorities in politics and/or reproductive justice?
My top priorities are to do everything I can to provide access to women so that they make informed decisions about what’s best for themselves and their families.
Who inspires you?
My mother and every strong woman that I’ve looked to for guidance when I felt doubt in myself and my abilities. They’ve helped guide me to follow my passion, and fight for what I believe in.