November 19, 2012

Hamline Alum Puts Degree to Work at United Nations

Matrika Main

Hamline alum Matrika Bailey- Turner is putting her social justice and women’s studies double majors to work. Bailey-Turner graduated from Hamline in 2008 and now works for the global partnerships team at the United Nations Foundation.

During her time at Hamline, Bailey-Turner was involved in numerous groups and organizations including the Hamline Undergraduate Student Congress (HUSC), Commitment to Community, and the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) society. She also studied abroad in Fiji, where she learned about social justice issues in an international context. Another major part of her time at Hamline involved an internship with the Minnesota Women’s Consortium during the spring of her senior year.

“Working in an office setting with true social justice minded people helped further my desire to find professional opportunities that continuously reaffirmed my social justice values.” Bailey-Turner said of her time with the consortium.

Bailey-Turner strongly believes that current Hamline students should seize any opportunity to explore their interests, be it through student activities or internships, to shape their professional skills and passion.

“The more experience students can obtain before they graduate, the better.” Bailey-Turner said. “I purposefully involved myself in many organizations and student activities early on so that I could establish relationships and networks both on and off-campus. This skill has helped tremendously in my present career.”

In her current position, Bailey-Turner works to support partnerships and cause marketing strategies within United Nations programs and campaigns. An example of such a campaign is GirlUp which aims to give American girls leadership opportunities and help them raise awareness and money for United Nations programs that help girls around the globe. For more information about the United Nations and the global partnerships team, click here.