Natalie Naylor '02
Major(s) and Minor(s): History major; Art and Hispanic Studies minor
Thesis title and/or topic/description: “Judging Historical ‘Truth’: Why the New York Times Supported the Attempted Silencing of Rigoberta Menchu”
What have you done since graduation?
I graduated with an internship through the AFL-CIO, the United States' largest joint labor organization. My placement was with a health care union in Oakland, California. After completing my internship, I was hired to work as a union organizer focusing on underpaid nursing home workers in rural areas of Northern California. A year later I took an opportunity with another union and began doing living wage political advocacy and union representation. In April of 2013, I was elected by the members, and I have served for the past decade to the top leadership position in the union. I still do political advocacy and union representation but am now managing the business operation of the union including our budget, supervising staff and providing structural leadership.
How do you think majoring in history or taking history classes has mattered to you?
Wow! Being a history major at Scripps college taught me to think critically, ask questions, enjoy research and fundamentally understand that we cannot move forward in any social justice movement without looking back. Concretely, my amazing professors, Julie Liss and Cindy Forster, provided me with the inspiration, connections and contacts that led directly to my current career path.
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