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Meet Our Georgia Women's Policy Institute Scholars (GWPI)

Georgia Women's Policy Institute Scholar - Lauren Nicks, C'2023

Lauren NicksLauren Nicks, a junior at Spelman College, is active in issues of voting rights and disenfranchisement. As a Social Justice Fellow, John Lewis Scholar, and Andrew Goodman Campus Ambassador, Nicks has hosted events and provided resources to expand voter access and increase political awareness among students on her campus. She has worked closely with nonprofits, such as Public Citizen and the American Civil Liberties of Georgia, focusing her efforts on recruiting poll workers, increasing the voter participation rate among HBCU students, and helping oversee redistricting efforts.

Nicks is an exceptional servant leader who has a knack for inspiring others to take charge in creating transformative social change in their communities. In addition to her voting rights advocacy, Lauren has demonstrated scholar activism through her research at Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences on the Black maternal mortality disparity the summer after her freshman year. Most recently, Lauren is working with Joseph E. Lowery Institute at Clark Atlanta University tackling campus food insecurity. Through her community activism, Lauren has demonstrated a commitment to engaging in "good trouble" in an effort to see improvements in her community.