National Leadership Program, Summer 2019
Jolie Carr is a Communications Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities.
A native of Houston, Carr is a senior at Samford University in Birmingham, where she is pursuing a major in communication studies and a minor in psychology. She joined the RespectAbility team because she has a passion for helping others, specifically those in the disabled community. Carr grew up around family members with disabilities and witnessed firsthand that disabilities are not necessarily restrictive, but rather are an important part of what makes someone positively unique.
On campus, Carr is president of TEDxSamfordU, an organization that hosts TED talk-style events. She is passionate about change and innovation, and this passion emerges through TEDx, where she helps to plan events and select speakers who can challenge the thinking of the student body.
Carr is also the vice president of community relations for Samford’s chapter of the women’s fraternity Delta Delta Delta. In this position, she oversees all public relations, marketing, social events, and philanthropy endeavors for her chapter. A major reason she chose to join Delta Delta Delta was its philanthropy, St. Jude, which helps to treat and support children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. She is extremely passionate about this organization and loves having the opportunity to help sick children and their families.
In her free time, Carr can almost always be found with people. She enjoys spending time with friends in a variety of ways: hiking, trying new food, exploring new places, going to museums, or watching movies together at home. If she’s not socializing, she can most likely be found with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.
Carr wrote two pieces during the 2019 Summer Fellowship. Read them on our website:
- Creating a Cultural Relevance: Normalizing Stories of Marginalized Characters as Universal Dilemmas (August 22, 2019)
- Volunteer of the Month: Andrea Jennings (September 5, 2019)
- From small-town Alabama to the United States Capitol (September 15, 2019)
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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 BenS@RespectAbility.org for more information.
ALL FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
- PUBLIC POLICY/EMPLOYMENT
- COMMUNICATIONS/DIVERSITY IN FILM & TELEVISION
- NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT
- COMMUNITY OUTREACH/GRASSROOTS ORGANIZING
- JEWISH INCLUSION