We’re shining the spotlight on Alexa Curtis, our 2020-2021 Weitz Fellow. She recently graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in history. During her time at Carleton, Alexa served as a volunteer SafeLine advocate for the local domestic abuse shelter and competed on the Carleton Mock Trial Team. She is motivated to find ways to integrate trauma-informed practices into the legal system through collaboration with survivors. Her work with the Women’s Fund will focus on the Freedom from Violence initiative.
We talked with Alexa and asked her a few questions about her experience so far at the Women’s Fund, and what she likes to do outside of work.
What’s your favorite part of working at the Women’s Fund?
The staff’s ability to hold enough space to both support and challenge one another. I also like that there is the understanding that as we continue to educate the community, we must first and foremost let the community educate us.
Describe the Women’s Fund in three words?
Innovative. Genuine. Communicative.
Best thing about living/working in Omaha?
Omaha is a close-knit community with a lot of direct service providers that are working together. There’s a lot of support for young professionals within the community.
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?
I enjoy cooking, crossword puzzles and Scattergories with friends over Zoom. I’ve also been doing barre classes online through Heartwork Studio in Northfield, MN. And who doesn’t love a good impromptu dance party.
What’s one goal you hope to accomplish in the next year?
I’d love to get involved in every focus area of the Women’s Fund in some capacity. Outside of work, my goals are to attend law school in the fall and learn how to make cheese fondue.
What’s the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever done?
I worked at an innovation museum summer camp where I taught elementary-aged kids how to use electric saws and hand drills.
What are you listening to these days?
I go through phases in music but right now I’m listening to lots of Local Natives and Glass Animals.
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you like to see cast as you?
Either Emilia Clark or Chloë Moretz would be very flattering.