One L&C Champion - Meg Marshall
As the Assistant Vice President for Advancement, Meg Marshall is often traveling to meet with alumni, parents, and donors. During the pandemic, she’s continued to connect with the broader Lewis & Clark community digitally, but nothing can quite replicate making an in-person connection. Shaking someone’s hand, getting to know them, and thanking donors in person is one of her favorite parts of the job. Meg’s drive to build and strengthen the relationships in the Lewis & Clark community is one of the many reasons we’ve selected her as an L&C Champion for the month of May.
Most recently, Meg successfully led an entire division through the 21 Day Equity Challenge. She provided engaging resources and moderated weekly group discussions. As one colleague commented, the experience “was thoughtful, well organized and sensitive. We are a better division because of this work and because of Meg’s efforts.” Her colleagues really appreciated the insight and care she brought to facilitating these equity discussions. Meg credits the antiracism training she received from Tori Leder and Casey Bieberich for helping her prepare for this important work. She believes encouraging others to make this topic a priority is incredibly valuable.
The goal of this recognition program is to show our gratitude, and to highlight the work individuals like Meg are doing to improve the Lewis & Clark community. Also, we as a community are better when we take time to learn from each other. Please read Meg’s words below for a brief glimpse into what motivates her, and to better understand why we are so grateful to have her representing Lewis & Clark.
“I have a 21-month-old little girl named Marion. While being a newish mom can be exhausting, spending time with her is also how I unwind and relax. She is very thoughtful and curious, so when I spend time with her, everything slows down a lot…whether I like it or not. We often go on neighborhood walks, and she wants to stop every few steps and look at rocks, plants, and insects. It could take us a half-hour to go two blocks. It is so fun to see the world through her eyes and allow myself to slow down and take in the world. She is hilarious, so spending time with her also means a lot of laughs and silliness.
At Lewis & Clark, I’m particularly motivated by the students I meet. Since I spend most of my time with alumni, it is extra special to cross paths with students and hear about their lives. I loved being in college, so it is fun to relive those days and also realize how impressive and accomplished these students are today. Since much of what I raise money for goes directly to help students, hearing about their projects, their classes, and their aspirations makes raising money for them that much more critical and worthwhile.”
We thank Meg for all that she does, and may we all learn something from her commitment to equity and her drive to grow and connect the people of Lewis & Clark.