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Blair Mickles

Position: Movement Leader, Veteran
Categories: Movement Leader, Veteran
Raised in Rankin, PA, Blair is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran (Operation Enduring Freedom), having served from 2004 to 2015. A Certified Life Coach and advocate for those in need, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Social Science (concentration in Criminal Justice and Government) with a minor in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College. She is currently pursuing a more in-depth education in Social Work through the Master’s program in addition to Master’s in Public and International Affairs with a concentration in Human Security at the University of Pittsburgh. She looks forward to being more strategic and impactful while making positive changes in both her community and abroad. Blair has taken on community organizing roles by serving as a co-organizer of the Women’s March on Washington-Pittsburgh. She actively works to address a variety of social justice issues to include community violence, sexual violence, food security, immigrant and refugee rights and college access among underprivileged students. As an advocate for mental health, she is also certified in Mental Health First Aid and Psychological First Aid and has served as a volunteer trauma responder addressing the needs of survivors of gun violence. She still finds time to be a volunteer firefighter in Rankin, since 2002, while also fulfilling an internship at the Community Engagement Center in Homewood. She can also be found volunteering with the immigrant and refugee students as well as various veteran organizations in the area and across the country.