Nonprofits / Volunteer Service

Mary Uran ('06) & Master of Public Health Nutrition, University of Minnesota

Currently Executive Director and Co-Founder, Girls on the Run Twin Cities. Immediately after graduating from St Bens, I moved to Washington D.C. to work for the National Association of Attorneys General. I first worked as a paralegal on the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, and then upon deciding to forego law school, moved to serve as coordinator of the National Attorneys General Training & Research Institute. In 2010, I returned to Minnesota to pursue my Masters in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. While in graduate school, I worked for the Network for Public Health Law and create a local non-profit, Girls on the Run Twin Cities. Girls on the Run empowers girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using an experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.

What do you think was valuable about your experiences as a Political Science major? All of the opportunities to hone my writing and critical thinking skills. Access to professors such as Scott Johnson, Phil Kronebusch and Claire Haeg, who served as great teachers, supporters and mentors. The format of most Political Science classes provided a space to listen to differing opinions, have healthy debates, and ultimately build confidence in my own beliefs, values, issues to advocate for and mission in life. The emphasis on gaining practical experiences through internships and volunteering was also invaluable: being allowed to spend a whole semester in DC my junior year as an intern truly shaped my career path and gave me the opportunity to return to DC after graduation and land my first job.

Erin Kelso '15
I spent the summer after graduation in Dhaka, Bangladesh studying the Bangla language through the U.S. Department of State's Critical Languages Scholarship program. After 8 weeks in Bangladesh, I moved to Chicago, IL where I will spend a year living at St. Scholastica Monastery and teaching ESL in the Chicago area as part of the Benedictine Women's Service Corps.