2019 Fellows Shout-out Series: Lacy Myrman
MINN is proud to announce that our 2019 cohort of Fellows are graduating (already!) These ten incredible individuals represent important voices and perspectives in Minnesota's international development community, and we're excited to see what they accomplish next. Follow along as we highlight the graduating 2019 Fellows in our Fellows Shout-Out blog series:
Lacy Myrman grew up in Brooklyn Park, MN where she cultivated international experience during high school through involvement with organizations such as the Alliance Francaise, the American Refugee Committee (now ALIGHT), the Center of Victims of Torture, and her participation in Model UN conferences. This led her to attend The George Washington University where she received her Bachelors in Africana Studies and International Affairs, Concentrating in Conflict Resolution. She was a Fullbright Scholar in Cote d’Ivoire in 2017-2018 where she worked as an English Teaching Assistant at a secondary school. While there she coordinated the selection process for the Pan-African Youth Leadership Program, created cross-cultural immersion curriculum, and organized events at the local American Corner. Lacy currently works as a ConnectZ Program Coordinator at Girl Scouts, where she provides in-school, culturally-relevant programming across the Twin Cities metro area in order to remove access barriers to Girl Scouts.
Returning from Cote d’Ivoire, Lacy reflected on her service and experience, coming to the conclusion that she valued serving her community and building relationships. Although she was unfamiliar with MINN, what drew her to become a fellow was to reconnect with local international organizations and return to her roots. During her fellowship, she felt there were many hurdles that she had to overcome. But as she got to familiarize with her cohort she found that she was able to connect with like minded individuals who also had similar experience backgrounds.
She challenged herself during her fellowship and co-organized a Zoom event called “Listen & Learn: Ivory Coast,” which highlighted voices of those who had recently visited the Ivory Coast. This event gave her an opportunity to strengthen her event planning skills and allowed her to advise two Americans in preparing for and reflecting on their first trip to an African country. She continued to lead by taking charge in facilitating the fellows Monthly Zoom meetings, where she gave the brilliant idea of starting a MINN Book Club.
Lacy will be moving back to Washington, D.C. this coming fall, where she looks to apply for graduate school wanting to focus on immigration and refugees particularly concentrating on the African region. She has also expressed interest in Social Psychology and would welcome advice and mentorship from anyone with this area of expertise. Lacy will continue to maintain her relationship with MINN by joining the Program Committee to volunteer her time and be involved with the future MINN Summit. With the success of the “Listen & Learn: Ivory Coast,” Lacy is working on a Part Two, which will delve deeper into the cultural and historical background of Cote d’Ivoire and elevate the voices and experiences of those living in the country, so please look forward to that.
If you are interested in contacting Lacy regarding her achievements or future projects, you may contact her via email at [email protected].
As always, thank you to the McKnight Foundation for supporting this important program!