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Molly Donald, Policy Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Summer 2018

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Molly Donald

Molly Donald was a Policy Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program for the summer of 2018. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. While working as a teaching assistant for children with learning disabilities at a daycare center, Donald gained a particular interest in the advancement of rights for people with disabilities. Her goal for this Apprenticeship was to expand her knowledge of the barriers faced by people with disabilities so that she can better address them and the inequities they generate.

Donald believes that everyone deserves an equitable opportunity to thrive. The daughter of two public school teachers, Donald’s passion for fairness and equality developed while listening to her parents discuss the limits and failings of the public school system. This ardor only grew as she began to study law and government in college, as she observed that source of so many American citizens’ strife is structural and institutional.

A rising senior at the University of Maryland, Donald currently is pursuing an undergraduate degree in government and politics with a minor in professional writing. She also participates in a 4+1 graduate program, where she is able to complete a masters in public policy in addition to her undergraduate degree. After completing her masters, she plans on attending law school, with the goal of specializing in constitutional law.

Donald is originally from Frederick, Maryland. During her youth, she interned for five years at the Maryland Shakespeare Festival. During this time, she cultivated a love for the poetic meter—especially blank verse and anapestic tetrameter. An avid reader, she enjoys all genres of literature. Her favorite authors are Terry Pratchett (Discworld) and Amy Hempel (At The Gates of The Animal Kingdom).

Donald wrote two pieces during the 2018 Summer Apprenticeship. Check them out on our website:


RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Learn more about the National Leadership Program and apply for the next cohort! Contact [email protected] for more information.



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