Sophie Moon

University of Montana

Sophie Moon is a junior at the University of Montana studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. Sophie's passion lies at the intersection between social and environmental justice and her commitment to creating positive change is unwavering. She is a strong and effective leader whose optimism is infectious. As Chair of the Board of Directors for the Montana Public Interest Research Group, Sophie transformed challenges into opportunities for growth, inspiring and energizing others to recommit to their causes. Additionally, Sophie works on a local farm through the Program for Ecological Agriculture and Society (PEAS) where she mentors high school youth who are in the correctional system while growing food for the Missoula Food Bank. Sophie has a gift for persuasive public speaking and readily uses her voice to address important issues. She recently testified during the 2017 Montana legislative session, striving to increase access to sustainable energy solutions. Not only does Sophie consistently lead by example, she patiently works to bring out the very best in others, helping her peers develop their own leadership potential. Grounded, determined, and passionate, Sophie will undoubtedly continue to be effective in her pursuit of justice and positive social change.

Seth Bodnar
University of Montana

Personal Statement

As a student in political science and environmental studies, my interests lie in the intersection between the environment and justice. My concern for justice overarches everything that I do in the public sector as well, and my experiences have not only taught me how to see injustice in my community, but how to apply my skills and leadership abilities to make positive, tangible change. From my first year in MontPIRG on the Save the Smith River campaign where we defended a blue-ribbon trout stream from corporate exploitation, all of my paths have led me towards justice. Volunteering on urban, organic farms that provide sustainable food for low-income families has inspired me to continue my work in environmental advocacy in the agricultural sector. Engaging in local politics to elect more progressive women, expand the rights of voters and renters, and secure state funding for health care and higher education has taught me how important the law is, and how much I enjoy the process. My goal is to continue this fight for justice as a federal antitrust lawyer making the agricultural sector competitive through challenging the mergers and federal farm subsidies that have consolidated power and wealth in this industry.

Sophie Moon
Political Science and Environmental Studies: Class of May 2019
written 2018

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Terrell Saunders, UNC Greensboro Lizbeth Morales, Univeristy of North Texas at Dallas Evelyn Denisse Monreal Pitones, Universidad de Monterrey Mikita Thompson, University of Baltimore Jayda Williams, University of Central Arkansas Madeline Mills, University of Central Florida Kalen Russell, University of Central Oklahoma Wanjiku Gatheru, University of Connecticut Sarah Richard, University of Dayton Liliana Diaz-Solodukhin, University of Denver Krista Smith, University of Florida Mariana Grijalva, University of Houston-Downtown Marvin Slaughter, University of Illinois at Chicago Alix Fisk, University of Kansas Cynthia Corona, University of La Verne Taryn Jones, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Stephanie Milani, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Josue Rivera Valdez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Faith Boone, University of Miami Anna Maria Genovesi, University of Michigan-Flint Jennifer Mossgraber, University of Missouri - St. Louis Sophie Moon, University of Montana Spencer Whyte, University of Mount Union Cassandra Griffin, University of Nebraska Omaha Daniel Suber, University of North Carolina Asheville Sreevidhya (Vidhya) Balasubramanian, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Katherine Rasmussen, University of North Florida Brittaney Dyer, University of North Georgia Ashley Sánchez, University of Northern Iowa Prathm Juneja, University of Notre Dame Sabine Brown, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Heidi Lee, University of Pennsylvania Matthew Bell, University of Puget Sound Victoria Stabile, University of Rhode Island Alicia Jiggetts, University of Richmond Josefina Jaramillo, University of San Diego Daizha Green, University of South Carolina Tiana Burgess, University of South Carolina Beaufort Michael Sullivan, University of St Thomas Wendy Hoang, University of Wisconsin - Madison Yoger Aguilar, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Zoe Betancourt, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Sydney Mastey, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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