Colorado native Molly Parris is currently a college freshman at American University in Washington, DC. Majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies: Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) and working towards a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies through the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, Molly plans to attend law school following her expected graduation in May 2021 and continue on to pursue a career in governmental relations or administration.
Molly’s interest for politics started when she was just a child and the Democratic National Convention took place in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. Since then, Molly’s love for politics has grown into a passion for advocating for the rights of others and standing up against the injustices of the world.
In high school, Molly was nominated as a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year Campaign. As a part of this campaign, Molly organized and led a team of eight people in a 7-week long fundraising campaign and was able to raise $10,000 towards the research and treatment of blood cancers.
Currently as a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, Molly, along with six other students, is spending the fall semester researching the extent to which economic disparity correlates to the issue of drug addiction within the United States. Come the spring semester, Molly and her group will use their findings to create a social action project combating drug addiction within the DC area.