893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
April 5, 2004
Dr. Maya Valern, Director
National Conference for Community and Justice
Connecticut/Western Massachusetts Region
780 Prospect Hill Road
Windsor, CT 06095
Dear Dr. Valern:
Thank you for taking the time to talk at length with me on Wednesday, April 2nd, about my plans to begin a career in advocacy. I appreciated your willingness to speak so openly about the kinds of qualifications that are desirable for work in this field. Your advice about how to learn more about the field was extremely helpful. As you suggested, I talked briefly with your staff members Shannon Monks and Kim Braden, who were also very helpful. Through them I gained a more complete picture of the projects with which the NCCJ is involved.
I intend to follow up on the many helpful suggestions you made. I am excited by the prospect of meeting with Anna Richards next week to talk about her experiences at the UMASS Social Justice Program. I have written to Mark Peterson, communicating my eagerness to be trained as a facilitator for the MetroHartford Conversations on Race. In addition, I plan to investigate both The ADL and Facing History and Ourselves.
I will make sure to keep you updated on my search for employment. If you hear of any opportunities in this field, or have any additional advice for me, I would greatly appreciate it if you would contact me. Thank you again for all of your help.