Mount Monday Alumna Profile – Evelyn F. McCoy
The Mount’s concept of social justice influenced alumna Evelyn F. McCoy ’09. Being educated in our all girls environment had a significant impact and she feels attending MSDA was the best decision she could have made personally and professionally.
Evelyn F. McCoy works as a Research Associate in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, located in Washington DC, where she conducts research on correctional programming for vulnerable populations, jail population reduction strategies, reentry, and human trafficking. She also provides direct technical assistance to jurisdictions nationwide improving justice system functioning through the Safety and Justice Challenge Innovation Fund, a network of twenty jurisdictions looking to reduce their jail populations with focused efforts across criminal justice decision points. Evelyn completed her Master’s Degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru under the Rotary International Global Grant.
The Mount’s academic support leads to intellectual growth
Evelyn shares that the Mount had a significant impact on her life. She transferred to the Mount halfway through her freshman year. She feels it was the best decision she could have made personally and professionally. The Mount provided her with the support she needed to succeed academically and the opportunity to grow intellectually. She especially appreciated the exposure she received to female authors and the social commentary these authors made, often not included in the literary canon. This was critical in developing her professional interests.
MSDA shaped career development
The Mount was one of the first places that introduced Evelyn to the concept of social justice. This greatly shaped her professional career and research interests over the years. Her first step began with research and examining anti-Semitism in Argentina. From there, Evelyn delved into national archives of testimonies collected by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to document the Peruvian internal war. Currently, her work is focused on understanding and improving the criminal justice system.
Advice for MSDA students
Treasure the teachers and relationships you have at the Mount. It’s not often in life that you will find such an incredible, talented, and supportive group of women at school or in the workplace.
Outside of work, Evelyn enjoys exploring the outdoors. This includes simple walks around her neighborhood to more adventurous activities like kayaking and hiking.