Molly graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Environmental Anthropology. While in St. Louis, Molly led and organized an urban farm that provided weekly workdays and workshops, which fostered her perspective on the ways food, identity, and community overlap and intersect. At the same time, Molly had the privilege of engaging in the world of education and racial justice in Ferguson, MO, where she worked alongside teachers and families to organize Strength and Honor Mentoring and Tutoring for Ferguson youth. She also worked with multiple incarceration-focused non-profits in the St. Louis area supporting women in prison, and served as a Teaching Assistant for the service-learning course “Women and Prison,” where she facilitated university-level discussions on the subjects of gender, race, equity, and the criminal justice system.
Through her experiences engaging with education, incarceration, and food justice, Molly developed her systems-thinking lens and her passion for equitable, community-centered research. Thanks to the Civic Scholars program at Wash U--a 16-student cohort committed to civic and community engagement--Molly dedicated the last year and a half of her studies to developing, conducting, and presenting her award-winning thesis, which focused on the intersections of feminism and sustainable agriculture in the United States and India. Through the project, Molly challenged the notions of hierarchical knowledge, incorporating hands-on learning and centering marginalized voices in her work. In the work she does, Molly aims to ensure that knowledge is created equitably, and hopes to serve as a bridge between communities, change-makers, and stakeholders. Molly was also selected as Washington University in St. Louis’s 2017 Student Convocation Speaker. Most recently, Molly workedwith six Alameda County high schools to develop on-campus gardens and food-justice curriculum, and is so excited to be joining the Dream Corps to be tackling environmental and social justice under one roof.