Current Spotlights

Fall 2021: Rachel Plummer, BA

“With the invaluable guidance of STRIPED mentors, I have been researching weight discrimination and working on advocacy efforts for the passage of legislation to make body size discrimination illegal in Massachusetts. I have learned so much from the STRIPED team and am grateful that they have empowered me to be an advocate for progressive legislation.” – Rachel Plummer

Rachel Plummer is a Master of Public Health student in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. As a STRIPED trainee mentored by Drs. S. Bryn Austin and Amanda Raffoul, Rachel has been working on advocacy efforts for bills S.1127 and H.1822. If passed, these bills would ban body size discrimination in Massachusetts by making height and weight protected identities. Rachel was shocked to learn that it is completely legal to discriminate against someone because of their weight in employment, housing, education, and all areas of life. These bills would be a huge step in the right direction towards eliminating weight discrimination and stigma, which are incredibly common for folks in larger bodies.

Rachel completed her undergraduate degree at William and Mary, where she studied psychology. Her interests focus on policy and systems-level changes to prevent eating disorders, poor body image, and weight stigma and promote healthy, safe, inclusive environments.

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