Monica Shaffer (’14) has focused her early career on helping others experiencing hardships. Her commitment to others brings her back to Loras College as the featured speaker at the annual English Homecoming Breakfast.
Shaffer is the volunteer coordinator providing programming at Jeremiah Program in Minneapolis, Minn. supporting single moms trying to go to college. Since graduating from Loras, she has worked to help women and children experiencing homelessness and spent a year of service with the St. Joseph Worker Program.
“For our English Homecoming Breakfast, we typically select Loras English alums who have followed interesting and productive career paths, have kept their muse alive as writers, and who have lived lives advocating for social justice,” Kevin Koch, Ph.D., Professor of English, said. “Already as an undergraduate, Monica recognized her vocation for social justice and that has continued since her graduation.”
For Shaffer, a creative writing and literature major, her experiences at Loras have proven to be extremely valuable.
“My time at Loras helped me most in developing my personal ethics and values,” Schaffer said. “They permeate my life and are what pushed me into my current work. It showed me the value of thinking creatively and outside the box – which are two incredibly important skills in my profession.”
Shaffer has had the opportunity to travel to the West Bank in Palestine, become a trainer for housing workers, join a community of prayer leaders, sit on a board, and is pursuing a law degree. Returning to campus as a part of the English Homecoming Breakfast adds to her growing list of achievements.
“It is a huge honor. I am humbled by the request and excited to see so many of my favorite faculty members on campus.”
The English Homecoming Breakfast will take place at the Miller Academic Resource Center on Saturday, October 12, from 9:30-11 a.m.