Humans of SRJ: Julia

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Julia McCauley

She, Her, Hers

Senior

Double major in political science and global (international) studies

Organizer 

I was frustrated with the lack of options the school provided for students to practice safe sex and didn't feel there was a mechanism within the school for me to change that. I knew the founding members of the org and helped start the group as a leader. 

Reproductive justice to me: means providing folks with the necessary resources, institutions, and structures for them to make the right decision for themselves over their reproductive health. It is intersectional in that I recognize the number of nuisances such as class, race, environment, etc, that can provide barriers or advantages for certain people's reproductive health over others.    

I'm really passionate about the intersection of environmental justice with reproductive justice and educating myself and those around me on the health implications our environment has on our reproductive system. 

 Future plans: I am graduating in May and hope to continue my organizing work within the Chicago community. My ultimate goal would to be a part of bring SRJ to the national stage and help other students like us create lasting change at their universities. 

Ideal: I want Loyola to provide unfettered reproductive healthcare to its students in all capacities.

Humans of SRJ: Leigh

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Leigh HaiTao

She, Her, Hers

Senior

Environmental Science

Organizer - Social Media and Graphic Design

I became involved in SRJ through a friend in my environmental science class who was already a member. 

Loretta Ross defines reproductive justice as the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social and economic wellbeing of women and girls based on the full achievement and protection of womens' human rights. To me, reproductive justice (RJ) is a basic human right to one’s bodily autonomy — being able to chose when, where, how and with who one wants to begin or expand a family with. RJ goes hand in hand with environmental justice (EJ), which seeks to reduce the inequitable environmental burdens borne by communities composed of people of color, indigenous groups and those living in economically disadvantaged areas. EJ and RJ bring attention to the right to access reproductive health - a topic involving both sexes because toxins in the environment can impact human fertility, increase risks during pregnancy and result in birth defects. 

I am passionate about the natural sciences and ALL the organisms inhabiting planet Earth. Due to the outrageously expanding human population, I believe the future of protein lies in the segmented bodies of our arthropod friends! Entomophagy, the practice of eating insects (especially by humans) is already happening all around the world but it is the “Western” perspective of disgust that limits people from expanding their palate and trying alternative sources of protein. Insects - I love them.  

My future plans involve graduating college, possibly going to grad school to further continue my education and hopefully getting employed in a field that deals with the environment and bugs/animals/human interactions. 

Ideally, I want Loyola University Chicago to be a higher education system that follows the Jesuit values it claims to already be practicing — this means treating employees/faculty in a just fashion and providing students with unbiased, comprehensive sexual healthcare.


The Humans of SRJ Project aims to familiarize the community within and surrounding Loyola with the various members that constitute Students for Reproductive Justice. The persons of SRJ radically organize with the collective goal of fostering an environment that is conscious and committed to actively promoting reproductive justice and all its implications. 

Humans of SRJ: Lauren

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Lauren Morrissey

She, Her, Hers

Sophomore

Political Science and Religious Studies

Organizer

Born and raised in San Francisco CA and loves repro justice and corgis

I became involved in SRJ because I wasn’t sure how or where to direct my energy and passion for social change

I found my home and family in SRJ

Reproductive Justice is the ability to exercise your bodily autonomy and is connected to every single other form of social justice that I wish to change systematically

I am particularly interested in the tensions of the catholic church as an institution and reproductive justice, want to change faith and institutional structures to fully respect the human dignity of all folks regardless of race/religion/gender identity

 I hope to become lawyer for the center of reproductive justice and get my phd in poli sci!


The Humans of SRJ Project aims to familiarize the community within and surrounding Loyola with the various members that constitute Students for Reproductive Justice. The persons of SRJ radically organize with the collective goal of fostering an environment that is conscious and committed to actively promoting reproductive justice and all its implications. 

Humans of SRJ: Amy

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Amy Al-Salaita

She/Her/Hers 

Sophomore

Poli sci and international studies w/ a minor in arabic language and culture

Organizer

Born in Chicago, my two favorite things are dogs and coffee

I became involved in SRJ because after 8 years of going to private Catholic school and constantly having my body policed and being in a very sex-negative environment, SRJ finally gave me a place where I could be a radical activist and embrace the idea of sex positivity and engage with a group of radical feminists. SRJ actually gave me my first real sex-ed class!

To me, reproductive justice means proper, inclusive, and comprehensive sexual education and the empowerment of all types of people. 

Sexual education is an issue I’m particularly passionate about because it shouldn’t be a luxury—comprehensive and inclusive sexual education that teaches informed consent is imperative, especially for young people.


The Humans of SRJ Project aims to familiarize the community within and surrounding Loyola with the various members that constitute Students for Reproductive Justice. The persons of SRJ radically organize with the collective goal of fostering an environment that is conscious and committed to actively promoting reproductive justice and all its implications.