Meet the Interns: Kaitlyn Christiansen
1. Tell us a little about yourself...
My name is Kaitlyn Christiansen and I am in my second of three years of study in the Mental Health Counseling Master’s program at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. In my undergraduate study, I majored in Education and Music. I became deeply drawn towards advocating for students in the school system and the diversity of culture expressed through music. I began my journey here and extended it through continuing my interest in counseling and mentorship through teaching and advising. Now, I immerse myself in the experience of others to understand how I am better able to support them and our community.
2. Why are you involved with LGBT activism?
LGBT activism holds a special place in my heart, both from being a member and having friends identify with this community. Equality and fairness are also vital in having the opportunity to live an authentic life. I am willing to fight, support, and advocate so that all people can live an authentic life with people that they love. At this point in history, we have an incredible opportunity to push for legislative changes and speak the voices of those needing to be heard. I want to be a part of making these much necessary changes.
3. Why did you want to intern at Equality Florida?
Being a member and an ally for the LBGT community, it is important for me to continue to learn about new ways I can support my community and the LGBT population. Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization in Florida, so what better place to become a part of the team and work towards equality for the LGBT community? It brings together education, legislation, and public opinion into the bigger picture of LGBT rights that I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to learn about and engage with for my current and future advocacy efforts.
4. What are your plans after you graduate?
After I graduate, I want to pursue my career in Mental Health Counseling as a full time counselor. I want to gain the experience of the issues, obstacles, and strengths of a range of communities that make up our diverse population so that I am a fully competent counselor and advocate. My journey of advocacy and equality will never end, as there will always be someone or something to fight for.
Stay tuned next week for the next blog post in our "Meet The Interns" series!