Andrea Rice (she/her)

Homelessness Prevention Associate AmeriCorps VISTA
Why I work at OneJustice

My interest in working for OneJustice stems from my passion to defend human rights for all. My undergraduate career solidified a strong desire to work in the legal realm after facing the reality of the lack of resources and voices speaking up for the underserved. I chose to work at OneJustice because they refuse to engage in the accepted blindness that contributes to oppression and injustice. Marginalized and disadvantaged people groups in the United States are not as rare as we would like to think they are. I am looking forward to gaining hands-on experience before law school with OneJustice’s Homelessness Prevention efforts and learning more about the tangible ways we can improve the legal system. My position will primarily focus on enhancing legal service organizations’ ability to offer accessible services to clients in communities they are already familiar with for a more holistic approach to tackling poverty and homelessness. I am grateful to work for a place like OneJustice because of its unwavering commitment to those in need, while strengthening capacity for the nonprofit sector.

Professional Background

I recently graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara California with a degree in History. I value history because it is a lens to observe real-world situations, and it provides the necessary context for contemporary issues in society. During my undergrad, I took it upon myself to round out my education by seeking opportunities that would expose me to different people and perspectives. I secured a position with the Center for Public Justice in Washington DC, where I had the incredible opportunity to study the roles and responsibilities of government, institutions, and citizens. I dove deeply into what it means to ensure equal representation, and how to change the polarizing attitudes that have historically inhibited justice for all.  I also had the chance to study abroad the following semester in China and India. I navigated the consequences of imperialism and saw firsthand the human rights violations Muslims experienced in both countries. After these experiences, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in human rights law and bring such issues to light. I intend to begin law school in the fall of ‘22 and am looking forward to applying the knowledge I’ve acquired through OneJustice to my legal career.

I really love

I love all things adventurous. I have swum with sharks in open water 3 times and would do it again in a heartbeat! Some of my favorite activities include hiking, travel (when possible), and playing with my big puppy.