Maggie Austin

Maggie Austin


Maggie is a Boston transplant from Long Island, New York. In her free time, she loves finding places to play fetch with O'Bella (her guide dog), hiking and running with friends, baking with family, traveling (with anyone who's up for an adventure), and sometimes even riding motorcycle with her mom or a tandem bike with a friend. Maggie graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. in Secondary Education and History. With an opportunity to complete her student teaching at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester, she came to the city in 2011 and has been in Dorchester ever since. After some classroom experience as both a student and substitute teacher, her attraction to the nonprofit sector triumphed. In partnership with a local church, Maggie co-founded and directed a small, nonprofit, children’s theater camp in Upham's Corner. As an AmeriCorps volunteer, she helped pilot a youth mentoring program at the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and later supported DSNI’s grassroots community organizing endeavors as a member of the Fundraising team. She went on to the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) where she coordinated contextual inquiry research projects with people with disabilities. Most recently, she managed organizational operations and outreach for Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), where she also facilitated experiential inclusion workshops. In May 2022, Maggie graduated cume laude with a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and is currently awaiting the results of the Massachusetts Bar Exam. While at Suffolk Maggie served on the Student Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Student Academic Affair Committee. Maggie also served as an Associate Executive Editor of the Suffolk Journal of Trial and Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Honor Board and Community Outreach Chair for the Student Peace and Reconciliation Coalition (SPARC). She had the privilege of interning with both the NUI Galway Center for Disability Law and Policy and in Justice Cypher's Chambers at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and served as a Court Certified Student Attorney in Suffolk's Health Law Clinic. When Maggie is not studying or traveling, she facilitates experiential inclusion workshops with Sara Minkara, LLC, serves as a User/Expert with IHCD, consult on inclusive programing at the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, participate actively in her local micro church, and volunteer for Long Island Credo Recovery.

  • Inclusion in the Dark

    Inclusion in the Dark works across sectors and silos to transform unconscious biases and misconceptions that prevent establishment of open communication, mutual comprehension and in-depth dialogues. Through the Inclusion in the Dark workshop, participants engage in meaningful exploration of diverse identities and develop a solid understanding about how these identities contribute to their respective world views and positioning regarding key topics. This is followed by the recognition of individual and collective agencies that pushes participants to engage in mutually beneficial strategies in support of the creation of long-term inclusive spaces for all. Inclusion in the Dark equips participants with the knowledge to enable true inclusion—and with the understanding of how inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented voices bring value to the collective and unleashing of society’s potential. The entire session is interactive, with small groups reflection and plenary debriefs throughout the workshop to promote team building and communication.

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