The Babcock Foundation is pleased to welcome Taylor Chapman as our newest program associate. Chapman will provide programmatic and administrative support for MRBF’s network officers, and guidance to current and potential grantee partners.
Chapman comes to the Foundation from the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she served as a communications and marketing graduate assistant, following two years as an office assistant in the department’s library. Chapman completed an internship at Greensboro’s New Arrivals Institute, an organization helping immigrants and refugees transition into the community. She also served as program director and communications coordinator for the Full Circles Foundation in Raleigh, which advocates for empowerment for women and girls. Chapman believes her roots have prepared her for her new position as much as her education and previous positions have.
"My personal experiences with poverty in rural North Carolina have taught me how to cultivate resilience, creativity, and hope in times of despair and crisis,” Chapman said. “My education helped me develop a vocabulary and analysis for understanding how oppressions intersect and inform one another. My organizing experience has reminded me of the reason this work is so important: because none of us can be free from injustice as long as any of us continues to suffer at the hands of it."
Chapman is the first person in her family to attend college, let alone graduate school. She earned Master and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies at UNCG. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English. In addition to gender and social justice issues, Chapman loves to write about style; she was featured in a book about plus-size representation in fashion.