March 16, 2016
Alina has a special heart for a population that is often forgotten about: homeless sexual assault survivors. Learn more about why we picked Alina:
1.) What is your current occupation and/or any recent volunteer work, advocacy groups, you’re involved in or support?
I am currently a law student at University of Oregon. I am involved with Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit that focuses on creating safe and healthy homes for seniors, veterans, and low-income homeowners. I worked for Legal Voice last summer, a nonprofit that focuses on women’s and LBGT rights through legislative advocacy and impact litigation. I am also the co-director of Oregon Law School’s Public Interest Public Service Group (PIPS). PIPS plans volunteer events for law students to get involved in the non-legal community.When I graduate law school I want to be a legal advocate for sexual assault survivors. Eventually I would like to start a nonprofit that focuses on legal support, education and awareness for homeless individuals who have been sexually assaulted.
2.) What is the most rewarding part of your career/volunteer work?
The most rewarding part of serving others is the knowledge that, because of you, someone else’s life is easier. Receiving a hug from a homeowner or client can turn even the worst day around to a great day.
3.) What inspired you to follow through with your volunteer/career choices?
I always knew I wanted to be in the public service sector. I dreamed of joining the Peace Corps after college, but after an alternative spring break to Maryville, TN building houses with Habitat for Humanity, I realized the amount of work that is still required in the United States. Because of that I joined AmeriCorps and served two years. I am now entering the legal profession so I can continue to serve our community and world.
4.) What is a quote you like or a word of wisdom you often impart?
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – SenecaPrepare for the life you want to live.