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Virginia Campbell, Communications Apprentice

National Leadership Program, Fall 2018

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Virginia Campbell

Virginia Campbell was a Communications Apprentice in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. RespectAbility’s focus on Hollywood inclusion attracted Campbell to the program. As a filmmaker and writer with a disability, she is aware of how important it is to hear authentic stories from many different perspectives. She also is aware of how little the perspective of people with disabilities is shared. Her mission in life is to amplify the stories of people with disabilities from all communities so that disability is celebrated as part of the diversity of human experience.

Campbell recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in English. As an undergraduate, she was involved with student-run publications on campus and served as the writing editor for the award-winning yearbook, The Illio. She was also a Virtual Student Foreign Service intern for the U.S. Department of State. In between classes, she co-wrote and produced the independent horror-comedy films, Butcher the Bakers and Grace’s Room.

Even though the previous paragraphs make her sound busy, Campbell is a big believer in the benefits of doing nothing, especially outside, and she frequently does just that in her off hours. She loves parks almost as much as Leslie Knope, the main character of Parks and Rec, one of Campbell’s most-loved TV shows. Her current favorite parks are El Morro National Monument in New Mexico, which has awe-inspiring views, and Amerson River Park in Macon, Georgia, which features large, open grounds and an accessible playground.

Campbell wrote 11 pieces during the 2018 Fall Apprenticeship. Check them out on our website:

She also wrote six pieces for The Respectability Report:

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Virginia Campbell

As a filmmaker and writer with a disability, Virginia Campbell is aware of how important it is to hear authentic stories from many different perspectives. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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