“I’m really interested in community accountability and restorative justice. Communities can help be restorative parts of people’s lives and be a positive aspect for rehabilitation and support.”
Krista Shugart ‘15 is a Sparta, N.J., native with a double major in psychology and sociology/anthropology. Krista says her interests in “individuals and how experiences affect how they act,” coupled with attention to how “institutional and structural forces and systems of oppression and inequality affect large groups of people,” motivate her double-major choice.
Green Mountain College slipped into Krista’s consciousness through an acquaintance. “A girl in my gym class who I didn’t really know told me she visited GMC and thought I would like it because of my involvement in community service,” she said, “so I looked it up that night and visited soon after.”
Krista is a key member of GMC’s Activism Club and the Activism floor. “Other than classes, activism is my major focus at GMC,” she said. “It’s been a motivating and educational foundation of my four years here.”
Since joining the club during her first semester freshman year, in the fall of 2011, she has seen the group transform to be more effective and involved on- and off campus. “Leadership within the club has consciously become more horizontal with many broad topics which easier allows for focus, specialization, and involvement. It is now easier for group members to become empowered and do what they’re interested in,” she said.
This past summer, Krista lived at the Dismas House in Burlington, Vt. Dismas Houses are residential communities where college students live in community with men and women transitioning from incarceration to life in society through friendship and support. “I’m really interested in community accountability and restorative justice,” she said. “Communities can help be restorative parts of people’s lives and be a positive aspect for rehabilitation and support.”
Krista plans on using her interests to help better the lives of others in the future. “I want to be a community organizer: either working on universal-healthcare campaigns, reproductive- freedom campaigns, prisoner rights, environmental justice, or birthing rights,” she said.