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Welcome our new advocacy intern, Tracey Hansen-Lamont

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under School's Out News

Let’s get to know Tracey Hansen-Lamont, a Master of Social Work intern joining SOWA’s advocacy and education policy team!

Where are you from?

I’ve lived my entire life in the Pacific Northwest. I went to elementary school in Ballard, middle school in Crown Hill, and high school in Ferndale and I attended college at Western Washington University, Shoreline Community College, and the University of Washington. Though I’ve lived in Bellingham and Ferndale, Seattle has always felt like my home. When I was young I spent countless summer days fishing on the docks at Golden Gardens, riding the tire swing at Salmon Bay Park, and shooting hoops at the Loyal Heights Community Center. The Pacific Northwest through its natural landscapes, beautiful cultural diversity, and lovely people has shown me how magnificent nature can be, how wonderful different cultures are and how to be a conscious human being.

What do you like to do in your own time?

I like to play West African Drums. In addition, I like to do photography, spend time with friends and family, and be in nature.

What brought you to School’s Out Washington?

Ever since I was a child I’ve had a strong commitment to social justice. As a graduate student in Social Work at the University of Washington, my commitment to social justice has grown even stronger. I chose to do my practicum at School’s Out Washington, because they’re committed to social justice as well. By insuring that all youth (in particular youth in poverty) are given a chance to attend excellent afterschool programs, School’s Out Washington strives to create more equality in our world.

Tell us one thing that you are proud of.

I’m proud of my education, my family, and my relationships. As a young boy, I never thought that I would have graduated college, let alone be a graduate student at the University of Washington; therefore, I’m proud to say that I’ve accomplished both. I’m also proud of my family. Throughout the years my family has gone through many trials; however, because of our deep love for one another we continue to charge forward. Lastly, I’m proud of my relationship with my partner. She and I have been been together for over two years and we continue to help each other become our best selves.

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