Scholar Stories

Shirley, UT

Social Work

Born into the fundamentalist church community, Shirlee left behind a culture of oppression and polygamy to become a single mother of her four children, two with special needs. “I know what it is to be an outsider, from every angle,” she says. Shirlee hopes to use her education to work with others fleeing fundamentalist communities and change policies so low-income individuals have better chances of succeeding.