Sierra Pannell – BSW Practicum Student, Racial Justice Intern, AmeriCorps Member

Sierra Pannell – BSW Practicum Student, Racial Justice Intern, AmeriCorps Member

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Sierra is a senior at the University of Montana studying Social Work with a minor in African-American Studies. While combatting racism and injustice is now a passion of hers, it has not been an easy road.  Moving to Missoula from Denver, Colorado at the age of 9 was an extreme culture shock for her.  As a woman of color moving from a diverse community to a white dominated community, Sierra experienced events of discrimination and microagressions that she hadn’t before.  It wasn’t until going to college that Sierra started to learn more about African-American history, the effects of racism in today’s world, and what she can do about it.  Doing her practicum at EmpowerMT, Sierra is excited to learn how to build more inclusive spaces for marginalized people and groups and take that knowledge with her in future endeavors in working towards justice for all.
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