Maggie Owens will be serving with Women in Recovery as a Fellow with Tulsa Service Year for the year 2020—2021. She is excited to be a part of the WIR team and use her data, research, and communication skills to combat the systemic issues of addiction, abuse, and poverty.
Maggie is passionate about the problems lying at the intersection of gender and race. This past year she developed and completed a thesis project, applying socio-historical research methods to examine the origin of drug stereotypes in the post-Civil War United States. She has held internships in different areas of government at the state and federal level, working on projects such as diversity in higher education and LGBTQ+ workplace equality.
She also has experience in the non-profit sector, most recently working as a community outreach coordinator at a voter education organization. A highlighted achievement for Maggie is designing and leading a voting workshop during the lead up to the 2020 election that helped over 200 people register to vote and request absentee ballots. Maggie holds a B.A. in history and sociology from the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated summa cumlaude in 2020. She plans on obtaining a law degree or master’s in social work after her time in Tulsa.
Maggie enjoys exploring off-the-map places in the U.S. and abroad. Her favorite thing to try is the local candy and dessert. The best so far has been Tikvenik from a Bulgarian food market, though she is excited to see what Tulsa has to offer! She hopes to continue her love of traveling post-COVID and is currently planning a trip to Magog, Quebec.