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The Undergraduate Activism of Education Policy Director Emily Schultz (Note: The below information is NOT suitable for

children to read.) Emily Schultz is the Education Policy Director for Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).1 Ms. Schultz assumed this role in November 2011 with a top priority of getting a law allowing charter schools passed during the next legislative session [2012].2 Dr. Bentley hired Ms. Schultz for her outside of the box mentality with respect to turning around failing schools. In an interview with The Birmingham News, Ms. Schultz declined to say whether she was a Republican or Democrat. "I'm pretty laser-light focused on education, and I vote on who is going to do the best thing for the kids," she said.3 Her role as Education Policy Director has not gone unnoticed. Yellowhammer Politics ranks Ms. Schultz as an Up and Comer in Alabama state politics. Education is about to be the center of debate around the state, and Schultz will be right in the middle of it.4 Ms. Schultz received her B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College in 2005.5 Upon graduation from Carleton, she taught elementary school in inner city Atlanta for two years through Teach for America.6 Ms. Schultz completed her M.A. in Education from Stanford University in 2008.7 While at Carleton College, she was an Associate at the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC) and a writer for the monthly GSC Newsletter. Her articles appear in six known GSC Newsletters from October 2004 through May 2005. The Gender and Sexuality Center offers resources and support for women's, men's, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.8 The GSC Newsletter is a monthly publication that includes LGBT and women's event announcements, student organization updates, and news updates.9 Ms. Schultz writes for the GSC Newsletter because she wants to provide an allied perspective to LGBT issues and become involved with violence prevention programming on campus.10

Also, Ms. Schultz is a member of the Collective for Womens Issues (CWI), and she served as the co-president during the 2004 2005 academic year.11 CWI is a social activism and personal support group for people interested in womens issues.12 The Collective for Womens Issues put out a Womens Health sheet, fundraised for the Fund for Choice, helped with Womens Week, and planned for Love Your Body Day in 2004.13 In February 2004, Ms. Schultz wrote a front-page article for the GSC Newsletter about the Vagina Monologues.14 The Collective for Womens Issues and the Gender and Sexuality Center sponsored this student-led performance. The performance addressed questions such as Do women like their vaginas? and What can you tell about a woman by the way she moans when she is aroused?15 In addition to the performance, these women sold t-shirts, pussy pops (vagina lollipops), and vagina cookies at the performance to benefit their donation to The Hope Center.16 In February 2005, Ms. Schultz wrote a front-page article for the GSC Newsletter about birth control and emergency contraceptives such as the morning after pill.17 Ms. Schultz writes, Emergency contraceptives do not cause abortion because they have no effect once implantation has occurred.18 She uses statistics from the Alan Guttmacher Institute, an ally of Planned Parenthood, to back up her position.19 Ms. Schultzs article concludes by stating, Emergency contraceptives are an option to preventing unwanted pregnancy, but using birth control during sexual intercourse is the best means of preventing the stress and fear of a possible unwanted pregnancy.20 The state of Alabama has an abstinence-only sex education curriculum for public school students. Does Ms. Schultz support this policy? In March 2005, Ms. Schultz details what drew her to work at the GSC. I first applied to work here during my freshman year, mostly because I wanted a campus job that I could feel passionate about and that would include some sort of activism. I was more drawn to womens

issues than I was to LGBT issues, but as my job at the GSC continued, I realized that allies were a vital part of LGBT organizing and activism [] I slowly learned that being an ally was a personal commitment to being an advocate for the LGBT community, both in your own interactions and in the rest of the world.21 She continues, As my time at the GSC winds down, I realize that though I put a lot of my time and energy into things such as Pride Month, Womens Week, and the Collective for Womens Issues, my most important role at the GSC, as I see it, [] I put another face on gender and sexuality, that of a straight woman, and its a view that opens peoples perspectives on what it means to be invested in issues of gender and sexuality.22 Activities for Pride Month at Carleton College include: Smitten Kitten Workshop. The founders of Smitten Kitten will discuss their experience founding a feminist sex toy store in an industry ridden with sexism and exploitation. They will also give a Sex Toys 101 presentation.23 OutFront MN Lobby Day. Minnesotas largest LGBT advocacy organization will help us Carleton students get in to talk to state legislators about marriage and other LGBT-related legislative efforts.24 Marriage Activism Night. SaGA (Sexuality and Gender Activism) will host the second annual Marriage Activism Night to give students an opportunity to get on their representatives backs, offer praise where praise is due, and make buttons in support of marriage rights for same-sex couples.25 In May 2005, Ms. Schultzs final article for the GSC Newsletter details her thoughts about her involvement in the Gender and Sexuality Center during her tenure at Carleton College. The GSC has become such an amazing presence on campus. The GSC has raised the consciousness of the Carleton community and made issues of gender and sexuality accessible

and comfortable in an environment that risked leaving them uncomfortable and inaccessible [] I am proud to have been a part of it.26 Does Ms. Schultz share the values of the majority of Alabamians? Is she fit to serve as the Education Policy Director for pro-life, pro-traditional marriage Governor Robert Bentley? Please contact your State Representative, State Senator, and the Governors office with your thoughts on the role of Emily Schultz as Education Policy Director. 334-242-7600 Alabama House of Representatives 334-242-7800 Alabama State Senate 334-242-7100 Alabama Governors Office


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