Ashley Schmidt Resume
Ashley Vail Schmidt
1560 9th Street, West Linn, OR 97068
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• Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
Bachelor of Arts, acquired March 2017
Fields of Study: Psychology Major, Community and Global Health
3.87 Overall GPA (4‐Year Merit Honors Scholarship), 3.99 Psychology GPA
• Fremont High School, Fremont, MI
Graduation June 2013
Domestic Violence Advocate, Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS)
June 2017- Present
•Responsible for providing crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, and support services to youth and adults accessing services at the Family Justice Center in Clackamas County. Teach and facilitate a youth group for ages 7-17 years old with the children’s program called “A Window Between Worlds" (AWBW). AWBW is an arts-based educational program that focused on social/emotional learning. Developed, maintained, and facilitated curriculum for the AWBW art classes.
Gender and Violence Intervention Research Team Assistant, Portland State University
October 2017- June 2017
•This research team conducts applied community and social psychology research on a number of issues related to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) prevention and intervention. The work on this research team involves collaborative research projects with a variety of community partners and covers a wide range of topics including social constructions of masculinities and violence. Duties included attending weekly research meetings, assisting with various projects and tasks (e.g., data entry, data coding), and other tasks as assigned. Theoretical knowledge learned through this experience can also be extremely helpful in regard to direct service with clients.
•Infant Mortality Research Assistant, Kalamazoo College
March 2017 – July 2017
Conducted and analyzed qualitative research in collaboration with the director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Kalamazoo College. Research primarily focused on understanding racial disparities in infant mortality throughout the Kalamazoo area and presenting the information at the Western Medical School research conference. This research, more specifically, addressed the toxic stress of racism, structural violence, and sexism, all factors that contribute to higher rates of infant mortality for women of color.
•Emergency Preparedness Intern, Kalamazoo County Government
December 2015 – July 2017
Assisted the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator to assess Kalamazoo County’s capacity and capability to plan for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies. Activities included data analysis, assisting in the development of the Project Health Ready Criteria Annex, writing and developing emergency plans (such as the Workforce Development Plan and Emergency Operations Plan), creating educational materials about public health preparedness via computer software and other database programs, and establishing a crisis notification system within the community. A primary project I spearheaded involved assisting vulnerable populations within Kalamazoo County and ensuring greater access to emergency information/notifications. Other projects included community-wide emergency preparedness workshops and developing a comprehensive “service guide” that explained community-wide services the county offers. My senior thesis was in relation to emergency preparedness and preparing for mental health services during a disaster.
•Lead Teaching Assistant, Kalamazoo College
Winter 2014 – March 2017
Four years of experience as a tutor and mentor for undergraduate Psychology students. Maintained regular office hours to affect positive academic, social and/or emotional life-skills and behaviors. Served the needs of a richly diverse student and community population. Counseled and empowered students individually or in small groups in order to help them master assignments in Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, the Psychology of Women, and Counseling Psychology courses. Example tasks included teaching courses in professor’s absence; reinforcing learning concepts presented by the professor during office hours; creating educational materials using database programs and computer software; performing tasks such as proctoring labs, managing and grading all assignments, tutoring struggling international students, and counseling Psychology students at any stage of their degree. In Introduction to Psychology, I managed the required service-learning component of the course. In the Psychology of Women course, I coordinated/ managed a yearly performance. Both aspects required attention to detail and the ability to manage a complicated schedule. As the primary teaching assistant, I also trained other students as temporary teaching assistants.
•Psychology Manuscript/Research Assistant, Kalamazoo College
August 2016 – March 2017
Manuscript editor for the second edition of “The Psychology of Music: From Sound to Significance.” This textbook is one of the two leading texts, nationally and internationally, in the field of music psychology. The first edition of this textbook was published with Routledge and the second edition will be re-published with the same publishing company. Position requires extreme attention to detail, time management, and organization.
•Advocacy Intern, Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
Summer 2015 (June – September)
Served vulnerable populations within Kalamazoo County and advocated for all people, especially youth, to have access to enough food to live a healthy, full life; supported KLF’s goals to establish a food-secure community by working with agency leaders in identifying and promoting food security indicators within both the agency and the broader community; managed the Summer Food Program for Kalamazoo County “Meet Up and Eat Up” sites, which required the ability to manage on-site and off-site schedules; advanced KLF's advocacy objectives by working directly with low-income residents; researched public policy, and wrote brief reports about hunger in Kalamazoo County; trained to directly help low-income residents apply for SNAP (food stamps) online and to access other local food resources; collaborated on research topics; and produced short articles, and promoted local, state, and national advocacy projects that were presented in the advocacy website and newsletter.
•Annual Project Manager of The Reproductive Justice Monologues, Kalamazoo College
Winter 2015, 2016, & 2017
Served as the annual project coordinator/manager for the production. Tasks included: conducting interviews with women from the Kalamazoo County area who shared their stories of reproductive justice; transcribing interviews, which were then turned into monologues and theatrically performed; managing other contributors’ interview times and committee duties; direct involvement with planning meetings, deadlines, and coordinating schedules with all contributors to the project; and served as a general support system for guidance throughout the production process. This project was meant to raise awareness about reproductive justice and give a voice to the women who may have been oppressed during any part of their experience when gaining access to necessary reproductive healthcare.
•Research Assistant for Meditation Retreat, Kalamazoo College
Fall 2014 - Winter 2015
Organized and recruited individuals from the Midwest to attend a meditation retreat by working with MLive and became directly involved with the tentative planning process. This retreat offered teens strategies to learn self-awareness, mindful communication, and other practices of mindfulness. These practices are meant to create a foundation for conversation and ease the process of discussing many difficult issues teens face such as racism, sexism, and homophobia. These mindfulness practices, in return, are encouraged to help open the discussion on race and other aspects of one’s identity.
•Service-Learning Volunteer, The Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center
Worked with LGBTQ youth and engaged in youth empowerment advocacy. Polled for the local election in Fall 2014; managed the LGBTQ resource library; created LGBTQ educational awareness material; answered the main phone line and directed calls; greeted guests; prepared bulk mailings; and performed any other duties asked of me. A new line of work was requested almost every time I visited.
Service-learning Tutor/Mentor, CAPS, Kalamazoo College Fall 2013
•Tutored for local K-12 students in Kalamazoo who were under the poverty line and attempting to obtain a scholarship that pays for college tuition up to ten years (The Kalamazoo Promise). Assisted students in their academic journeys; dedicated time to their well-being; tutored small children in math and science; encouraged children to attend college, and mentored children in adolescence.
arts, education, psychology, youth