Left to right : 2L Miriam Sievers, 3L Maya Uppaluru, Arianna Huffington, and 3L Nikola Nable-Juris. These UM Carey Law students are Rose Zetzer Fellows.
Third-year UM Carey Law student Maya Uppaluru recently attended the 18th Annual Women of Excellence Luncheon on Nov. 17 at the Hilton Baltimore with fellow classmates, where she met keynote speaker Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post and president and editor-in-chief of AOL Huffington Post Media Group.
After the event, which is sponsored by Network 2000, several students approached Huffington and had a very nice conversation with her, including Uppaluru. During their conversation, Huffington graciously encouraged them to share their thoughts with The Huffington Post.
Inspired by Huffington’s talk on fearlessness and speaking out, Uppaluru did just that. She had written a blog as part of her Public Health Law Clinic course, under the guidance of Prof. Kathleen Dachille, regarding a recent vote in Congress against an update on the health guidelines for the National School Lunch Program. Uppaluru pitched her blog directly to Huffington, who replied back saying that she would welcome Uppaluru's voice on The Huffington Post. Click here to read her blog post.
In her blog, Uppaluru argues that “the real enemy of a parent's right to choose what their children eat is the scarcity of healthy food options in many American schools and neighborhoods--not government public health interventions. Policies that introduce affordable, healthy food options are better for families and create real freedom of choice.”
Uppaluru is currently enrolled in UM Carey Law's Women, Leadership & Equality (WLE) Program, which combines teaching, experiential learning and scholarship about women in the legal profession and gives students the opportunity to engage in critical thinking about cutting-edge issues in gender and leadership.
The first and only one of its kind at an American law school, the WLE Program, which was founded by Prof. Paula Monopoli, enables students to explore the ethical and practical challenges to women exercising leadership in private practice, the judiciary, government service, business corporations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and community groups.
Through the Women, Leadership & Equality Program, Uppaluru was selected as a Rose Zetzer Fellow and participates in a workshop in which she gets valuable additional training that will better prepare her to become a leader when she begins her chosen career. That course is taught by Adjunct Prof. Maura DeMouy, who has served as the coordinator of UM Carey Law's Leadership, Ethics and Democracy (LEAD) Initiative.