Studio art major and social justice minor Keeley Morton ’20 (Bristol, Tennessee) is interning at the Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) in Lexington. She is splitting her time working as a community outreach intern and a case manager intern.
“The office in Lexington is a close-knit working space, which has allowed me to also help with other people such as our victim’s advocate,” Morton said.
Recently, Morton had the opportunity to help plan a citizenship celebration for those working toward becoming U.S. citizens or helping strengthen their role as a citizen.
“Organizations came together to register people to vote for the first time, explore educational opportunities and learn about civic engagement,” she added. “I am excited to plan a group volunteer day with KRM and Centre College Tridelta.”
Morton was interested in this particular internship experience, because during a time of political tension, she saw this as an unique opportunity to learn more about the process of refugee resettlement in the U.S.
“Refugees are often talked about in an exclusively political context without knowing the personal stories that motivated families to flee their country,” she said. “This internship has given me a glimpse of the complex task that non-profits and community members face when working on a politically divided issue.”
Morton credits Centre’s high academic standards and how they have enabled her to think critically about the challenges that refugees might face in order to come up with ways that her role at KRM can make a difference.
“I hope to gain insight into what it means to work toward a just society through all facets of KRM’s office,” she added.
One area Morton is excited to learn about is the medical care refugees receive. With universal healthcare being a pressing issue, she said she’s curious about what obstacles refugees may face when they are in need to medical attention.
“I am grateful to have an experience outside of the classroom that will help prepare me for my future after Centre,” she concluded.
by Kerry Steinhofer
October 16, 2019