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Voices of Real Life

Sophie Strzok

Advocate

Being part of the disability community and experiencing navigating the healthcare system throughout my lifetime, I have dedicated my career growth towards advocating for those with disabilities and being a voice for those who feel unheard. After graduating from St. Catherine’s University in 2021 with a Bachelors in Political Science, I started my Masters in the Study of Law with a concentration in Education Compliance at Hamline University and will be finishing that up this December. Currently, I am the public policy intern at the Minnesota Council on Disability and have been absolutely grateful to have this opportunity and to learn so much about advocating in the disability community on a different level. The other group I am grateful to be a part of is Class 4o of Partners in Policymaking, which is run by the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and offers the unique opportunity to dive into disability policy within Minnesota and learn about the legislative session and how disability policy plays into the Minnesota legislative process. I am also currently a LEND Fellow at the U of MN expanding my knowledge about person-centered thinking and other advocacy and leadership topics that are so important to advocating for a wide variety of identities. Being on the Voices of Real Life, I hope to share my experiences and perspectives and help advocate for those who feel unheard by the health care system and broader society.