Elise Higgins

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Elise Higgins "is a graduate of University of Kansas in Women’s Studies and Political Science where she led the Commission on the Status of Women. Elise also acts as an Advisory Board Member for the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center. She first became involved with Choice USA in 2007 with the campaign to Restore the Costs of BC when she worked with her chapter and a Student Senate Coalition to develop a platform to lower birth control and STI testing costs on campus. After being elected to Student Senate, Elise went on to hold many leadership positions and sit on multiple Student Senate Advisory boards. She currently holds the Community Affairs Director position. Elise, like many other students, was well aware that the university has a high number of assaults in the scarcely lit neighborhoods between downtown Lawrence and campus. As the Community Affairs Director she worked with Lawrence City Commission to fund and implement increased lighting in these neighborhoods. She was awarded $120,000 from Student Senate to go towards the lighted path. Elise is the Lawrence National Organization of Women’s representative to the Kansas NOW Board of Directors and a member of the Lawrence Health Action Team, a collaboration between Planned Parenthood Kansas Mid-Missouri and the Kansas NOW. She works as a strategist/project manager with Kansas Grassroots, a progressive grassroots organizing firm." [1]

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  1. Directors, Choice USA, accessed May 14, 2010.