Andreanecia Morris '20G
Current position: Executive Director for HousingNOLA in New Orleans, LA
Description of job responsibilities: In charge of helping to implement a 10-year plan for ending housing insecurity in New Orleans.
Carsey Degree: Master in Community Development
"At Carsey, you'll be exposed to new ideas and new ways of doing things. You should take it all in, evaluate it, and keep the things that help you achieve your personal and professional goals."
Can you share what your capstone and/or internship experience with the Carsey School was like?
My capstone project, titled "What IS too damn high?" focused on researching the real cost of housing in New Orleans.
Can you describe your most valuable takeaway from your master's program?
We must clearly define success in order to achieve it and those definitions must be tied to quantifiable and demonstrable impacts that afford people the chance to change their lives for the better. That was one of the most important lessons I took away from the program.
Andreanecia interviewed by MCD Director Michael Swack
What are some career goals you have for yourself?
Implement policies that see real and sustainable change in New Orleans—which we will and have begun to share to inspire other communities. This will lead to the creation and implementation of a new system that controls for race and gender bias in order to guarantee housing for citizens.
What advice do you have for people considering a graduate degree from the Carsey School?
Think carefully about why you want a graduate degree and keep that in the forefront throughout your experience. You'll be exposed to new ideas and new ways of doing things–you should take it all in, evaluate it and keep the things that help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
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