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Maia Donahue

Maia  Donahue
  • Student Writing Consultant
  • Student Staff

BIOGRAPHY

Office Hours: Wednesdays 7-10pm

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Hello! My name is Maia Donahue and I’m a PTCD and SRP double major completing my final year in JMC. As a student of political and social theory, I’m interested in understanding how we combine academic knowledge with praxis to help one another build more equitable and sustainable communities. I am inspired by the work of Paulo Freire, Fred Hampton, and Father Gregory Boyle, and I dream of working in a public service setting where I can connect deeply with the people in my community. When I have free time, I love to read, dance around my house, play with my cats, sit on my porch with friends, and daydream about the future.

JMC has provided me with experiences that have shaped who I am becoming as a person. When I first came to Madison, I felt overwhelmed by the amount and the caliber of the material I was expected to learn. But I quickly realized that the beauty of a liberal arts college is that the classroom discussions are usually so fruitful that engaging with material becomes second nature. I’m so grateful to the professors in this college who foster those vibrant, collaborative learning environments. In addition to my coursework, I’ve been able to work and intern at various community organizations in the Greater Lansing area. I owe so much of who I am to friends, colleagues, and clients that I’ve met through my work as a direct care worker at the Kevin Moody Youth Home, and through my internships at the Capital Area Literacy Coalition. Before working in Lansing, I don’t think I really understood the meaning of “community.” I am indebted to the people who have taught me about community by teaching me to practice mutual aid, to be a good neighbor, and to live in right relationship with the world around me.

I am so looking forward to another year as a consultant, because I love reading all of your words and watching you grow as writers. This semester, I’ll be working Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. I can’t wait to see you!