By Rebecca McCray
Rebecca McCray leads a writing workshop for formerly incarcerated women seeking higher education at College and Community Fellowship, and works as a paralegal with the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project. An Iowa transplant, she lives and writes in Brooklyn.
Last month, NYWC workshop leader and Arts editor for The Narrator, Rose Gorman, was recognized by the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) at the Making a Difference for Women Awards Dinner. This annual event recognizes exceptional women who have made a difference in the lives of others, while also making a positive impact on the world’s perception of women and girls. To celebrate NCRW’s 30th anniversary, the organization selected 30 leaders to recognize, all of whom were nominated by their peers. Among those honored at the gala were Soledad O’Brien and Anita Hill – and of course, our own Rose.
Since 2010 Rose has led a NYWC creative writing workshop for LGBT homeless youth at New Alternatives, an organization that aims to increase the self-sufficiency of these youth, enabling them to build their lives beyond the shelter system while providing a safe and supportive community. Rose also works as the Community Engagement Supervisor for the renowned oral history project, StoryCorps, where she is a member of the Participant Diversity Project Team. In this role, Rose helps the organization ensure that the stories preserved at the Library of Congress accurately reflect the diversity of voices across our country.
We are thrilled that the NCRW has recognized and honored Rose’s commitment to the power of storytelling in both of these roles. Please join us in congratulating her.