Our Stories

1.23.2020 -

Advice for Women Getting Started in Male-Dominated Fields: Q&A with Claire Anderson

Claire Anderson is a Chicago-based engineer and manager of track construction at Union Pacific Railroad, which partners with LISC to expand access to stable, livable-wage jobs in rail and related sectors. Anderson recently sat down with LISC to discuss her career journey and why it’s important to her to help more women succeed in traditionally male-dominated fields.

Language and the Way We Think About Stigmatized Groups: Q&A with Esther Uduehi

LISC’s Emerging Leader Council member Esther Uduehi is a doctoral candidate at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where her research focuses on the language associated with stigmatized groups and marginalized communities. Uduehi recently sat down with LISC to discuss how nonprofits and practitioners can put her findings to use, and the need to create more conversations using person-centered language.

11.13.2019 -

“It Has To Start With the Children”: Q&A With Juanita Woods

Rubinger Fellow Juanita Woods is a community development practitioner and city council member in Monroe, LA who specializes in helping people skill up to take on living-wage jobs with local employers. She spoke with LISC about her fellowship project to provide apprenticeships for young people, the challenges of wealth-building in historically underserved communities, and the inspiration she gets from empowering youth on their life journeys.

10.31.2019 -

From Recidivism to Rebuilding Lives: Q&A With Kelly Orians

Kelly Orians is an attorney, a 2019 Rubinger Fellow and the co-director of the First 72+, a ground-breaking New Orleans re-entry program for people returning from incarceration. Orians spoke with LISC about the state of criminal justice in Louisiana, the challenges and successes her clients experience, and how her organization is helping lift the burden of entrenched bureaucracy and predatory debt that keeps so many people from gaining real freedom after release.

Serving Richmond Students Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Q&A with Damon Jiggetts

In Richmond, Virginia, 86 percent of students don't take part in after-school activities—in many cases because they have no way of getting there. Damon Jiggetts, executive director of the Peter Paul Development Center and a 2019 Rubinger Fellow, has devised a new kind of bus company that could change all that, connecting youth to the kind of enrichment every child deserves.