As a second-year undergraduate student, Marie Spence is committed to a rigorous course load while maintaining her position on the DU Dean's List each quarter. She is earning a double major in Psychology and Sociology as well as a minor in Spanish. Marie has been persistent in conducting community-based academic research and in further developing her understanding of social issues as complex and in need of multi-faceted solutions.
Marie co-founded and currently serves as the Co-President of University Trailblazers, a student organization focused on the success of first-generation college students at the university. She also supports students who are participating in the Social Justice Living & Learning Community, serving as their Resident Assistant and facilitating identity development and community building exercises.
Marie's commitment to civic engagement and education has deep roots in the communities surrounding campus as well. She has served as a tutor within K-8 schools and high schools as well as mentored first-year DU students who identify with historically underrepresented populations. Marie is steadfast in her drive to deeper her knowledge of her community as she moves forward in addressing root causes and advocating for increased student empowerment and access to education.
My mother always tells me the story of when I was a little girl, and how every Christmas I asked her why, if Santa really was real, not every kid got presents. This fundamental question of the root causes of social inequalities has always troubled me, and the way children experience the consequences of inequality without any other choice. Whether that be through volunteering in Denver Public Schools, supporting the management of an organization dedicated to supporting children who have been abused, advocating for first-generation students on my college campus, or setting my sights on a future of research and social work to address these issues, creating a better future for children is the common thread of my efforts. I seek to empower kids and students to work towards goals, uphold their personal values, to demand justice and to refuse to be brought down. I see my role as providing coming generations with the tools and support they need to build a future that they believe in, and that through this work social justice can become a collective reality.