Rejali describes Yarfitz as "three people in one: a scholar, a musician, and an activist," who brings to each discipline its own pertinent and unique set of standards. Although these fields are not necessarily compatible, Rejali says she effectively navigates her way between them. A gifted cellist, Yarfitz considered pursuing a career in music but chose instead to undertake the challenge of the Reed humanities curriculum, balancing academics with work in social justice.
Thanks to a connection with Dawson Morton '95 and a Service Learning Afield grant (also administered by SEEDS and career services), this summer Yarfitz is working as a research assistant for attorneys in the Georgia Legal Services Program Migrant Farm-workers Project, as well as leading educational outreach to migrant and locally based seasonal workers in that state. Following the internship, Yarfitz plans to return to Portland to work for PCUN until February 2001, when she begins a Fulbright scholarship in Argentina. Her history research, supported by the University of Buenos Aires, will focus on gender in turn-of-the-century labor struggles.
Yarfitz says that in all her future endeavors she hopes to maintain her goal of support and advocacy for those without a voice in society.
Laurie Lindquist is publications assistant at Reed. This is her first article for Reed.