SBAI Program Assistant Named Finalist for the 2013 Staff Community Service Award

This blog post is a guest post written by SBAI Program Manager Angela Clark-Taylor and SBAI Student Office Assistant Kirsten Williamson.

We already realized how great SBAI’s Program Assistant Kaitlin Legg is. She is friendly, dedicated, and inspiring. When Kaitlin came in as a finalist for the University of Rochester’s Staff Community Service Award it was no surprise to us, it was simply icing on the cake! Kaitlin has been a continuous, outstanding, and dedicated volunteer to women’s issues in the greater Rochester area for the last 5 years.

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Kaitlin has been “leading the charge” in setting an example for young professionals across Rochester, showing other young women that they can give back to their community and make the same positive impact she makes every day. Outside her normal capacity at the University as Program Assistant, Kaitlin has helped SBAI connect with her community partners with for events, student internships, and community service opportunities.

She has a record of high achievement for local organizations such as Planned Parenthood of the Rochester Syracuse Region (PPRSR) and Rochester Rape Crisis Service. When she graduated college she began working at Habitat for Humanity and continued volunteering for Planned Parenthood, but gave additional time to other organizations serving women and girls including  Girls Rock!, a summer camp devoted to creating young women leaders through music. Kaitlin presented on her scholarship and volunteerism at the Seneca Falls Dialogues Conference in 2010 and was hired as the Program Assistant at SBAI in 2011 from over 90 applicants. What made Kaitlin stand-out among the rest of the applicants was her true commitment to women and girls through education and innovative community based programs. Her passion and drive is clear to see.

Kaitlin now serves as the Advocacy Chair for Planned Parenthoods young professionals group Rising, Educators, Advocates, and Leaders (REAL), inspiring other young professionals to lead and stand up for all the women and girls of the Rochester community. This past fall PPRSR gave her their coveted advocacy award, the Catharine Rowntree Award, making her the youngest woman to ever win this award. Many people would take this award as a sign they were doing good, doing enough, but not Kaitlin! She quickly joined forces with Bruce Lindsay, Ms. Rowntree’s son, to bring an art show to Rochester to raise funds for Rape Crisis Services. Kaitlin was also selected to speak at the PPRSR Action Fund Pink Bus Tour Rally, to introduce Sandra Fluke at a PPRSR Action Fund donor event, and an op-ed she wrote commemorating on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade was published in the Democrat and Chronicle.

Kaitlin Legg is a truly exceptional employee and committed volunteer. She is exceedingly gracious and humble; we could all learn a lot from her example. She is willing to go above and beyond and completely immerses herself in her work whether that is at SBAI or in the community. We could not be more proud of her and wish her continued success in the future!

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