The Marquette University Women’s Innovation Network (WIN) creates a comprehensive network designed to support the advancement of women, people of color, first-generation college students, the LGTBQ community, and others currently under-represented in innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2019, WIN became the programming arm of the newly formed Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL). Click HERE to learn more.
WIN is excited to announce our new mini-series: Women in Charge: Student Spotlight! Featuring women leaders making an impact on campus, the student spotlight highlights real women making real change. Check out our featured student leaders below and read more about what they do!
November 24: Lexi Harwick
Intern and Research Fellow for New Horizons
How did you get involved with New Horizons?
I am a senior majoring in Social Welfare & Justice and Psychology, and in some of my courses, I have learned about trauma. I am also a member of Alpha Chi Omega, whose philanthropy is domestic violence awareness. I knew I would be spending the summer of 2020 in my hometown, La Crosse, WI, and I was seeking opportunities to apply and make contact with course concepts. I received a fellowship from the Center for Peacemaking to complete an unpaid internship with New Horizons, and I received a research fellowship from the Honors Program to interview advocates at New Horizons.
What is your mission or goal through your studies or internships?
With my internship, my goal was to establish genuine connections within the La Crosse community, amplify silenced voices, and widen my own perspective in regards to violence, whether it be direct (in the case of domestic abuse—financial, spiritual, emotional, physical, etc.) or structural. As a legal assistant, I directly worked with survivors of domestic abuse, and I interviewed service providers to better understand how the rural location of La Crosse/Trempealeau Counties impacts their ability to aid and advocate for survivors.
How do you hope to carry that on after Marquette?
I will always carry with me the stories and lessons shared with me while at New Horizons. After I graduate, I plan to attend law school, and family law is one area of practice I am considering.
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