Students for Economic Justice 2017 Fellowship
Kelsey Baird studies Sociology with a focus on public policy at Cal State University San Marcos in North County, San Diego, where she lives. She was born in Santa Ana, CA, raised on the Central Coast of California, and has been a resident of San Diego County for ten years. She is the President of CSUSM’s chapter of the Alpha Kappa Delta’s Sociological Honors Society and the founding President of the Sociological Student’s Alliance, which focuses on career readiness and social justice on campus.
Kelsey has become an advocate for disability rights and the rights of vulnerable populations. She is committed to policies and practices, which promote cultures and systems of inclusiveness, interconnection, and direct participation both on campus and in her community. She will serve as the first Student Chair of the newly formed Disability Affairs standing committee for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at CSUSM in Fall 2017. She is also head organizer and working with the Sociology Department to design curriculum for CSUSM’s first cross-disciplinary undergraduate course and national panel centered around intersectionality and disability studies for 2017-2018.
From 2015-2016 she volunteered and interned in the Center for Financial Opportunity at the International Rescue Committee in University Heights. This has informed her current qualitative research around access to vehicle ownership and livelihood for vulnerable populations in San Diego. Her experiences have led her to believe strongly in the power of accessible public education, and the public sector, as crucial components of both social change and social justice.