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Student Profile - Libbie Steiner A&S '17

Libby Steiner

As an undergraduate pursuing an Honors Theology major, Libbie is interested in exploring many facets of theology. She has enjoyed courses in subjects as diverse as biblical Hebrew and Ignatian spirituality. Her current interests include liberation theology and Christology, peace and justice, and theology of mental illness.

During the summer of 2015, Libbie interned with the National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC) in Marshfield, Wisconsin (NFMC press release). Libbie shares her reflections about her experience below.

OHIP Student Outreach
Photo credit: National Farm Medicine Center

"This summer I had the opportunity to work as an intern at the National Farm Medicine Center in Marshfield, Wisconsin. I worked on the Seguridad en las LecherĂ­as project which focuses on finding ways to improve the occupational health and safety of Wisconsin’s Hispanic immigrant dairy workers. Through observing and presenting safety training, talking to both farmers and workers about their perspectives on workplace safety in the dairy industry, and learning about conducting research at the National Farm Medicine Center, I was able to better understand the many facets of this issue.

OHIP Students in the Field
Photo credit: National Farm Medicine Center

I spoke to fourth-generation farmers and workers who had been in the United States for only two weeks. Everyone had something significant to contribute and it was valuable to hear both viewpoints. I came into this experience not quite knowing what to expect, but I left with a rekindled passion for farmworker and immigrant justice, an understanding of occupational health challenges in agriculture, and an appreciation of the diligence of people who work every day to produce our food. I am grateful for the opportunities this experience has given me and I will not soon forget what I have learned."


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