BA Candidate - Social Justice and Arts Activism, minor in Creative Writing
Originally from Maine, Mackenzie chose Gallatin for its academic flexibility and because it offers the possibility for creative exploration. Her concentration in social justice and arts activism focuses on creative expression as a tool for empathy and empowerment.
During the fall of 2014, she took Piper Anderson’s course Lyrics on Lockdown. In it, she co-facilitated an arts workshop with 16- to 18 year-old young men who are incarcerated on Rikers Island. She went back to Rikers after the class ended to tutor the same age group for high school equivalency testing with the Petey Greene Program. This interest in community engagement led her to intern with the Administration for Children's Services, where she was able to help with events at elementary schools in Harlem through the Responsible Fatherhood Coalition. In the spring of 2016, a Silver Social Work class gave Mackenzie the privilege of fostering a relationship with a Holocaust survivor during weekly visits.