Avila University senior Paige Rackers is one of two winners of a 2019 PeaceWorks award. She hopes to work in prisons and help develop more rehab programs to decrease recidivism.
I realized that all the skills I have gained and experiences I have had revolved around peace and social justice. I have had the chance to work for companies that offer me double what I make as a case manager, but I know I could not sit at a desk getting coffee when there is so much more to be done in our world.
Jayne Molt, now a UMKC law student, won the PeaceWorks-KC peace scholar award for 2018-19, an award of $1,500. Last spring, she graduated from Avila University with a baccalaureate in criminology and justice studies and a minor in women’s and gender studies. In her application for the award, she wrote, “My goal is to be a public defender in Kansas City.”