Emily Nicholls (she/her) is an animal-loving intersectional feminist who grew up in Austin, Texas. She moved to Norman to attend the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a degree in Communications, and has resided there ever since thanks to some unique opportunities and quite a few dogs.
Emily is passionate about social justice and equity, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of all animals. She began her activism and advocacy focusing on the issues of animal welfare and sexual assault. Learning about Kimberlé Crenshaw's Theory of Intersectionality emphasized the importance of looking at multiple issues and focusing on how those issues are intertwined because all forms of oppression and violence are connected and affect different communities in different ways.
Emily works as the Prevention Education Advocate at the Women's Resource Center, an agency that serves all individuals victimized by Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking. In her role, Emily works with local youth, the adults that support them, and the systems that surround them in order to eliminate gender-based violence in all of its forms under the guidance of the CDC's Rape Prevention Education Grant Program. She also has the privilege of co-facilitating the Youth Advisory Subcommittee of the Oklahoma Prevention Leadership Committee. She has worked and volunteered in a variety of roles, including crisis intervention, community engagement, education, marketing, event coordination, project management, and fundraising. Her current and previous board service have been in the animal welfare world.
Emily is a lifelong learner and can say that her work has emphasized the importance of being both an askable and teachable.
She is the [usually] proud paw-rent of Eloise, Adelaide, and Oscar, who, along with their foster dog siblings, are affectionately known as the Pawed Squad. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading, introducing people to the rescue pets of their dreams, and spending time with her partner.