Rachael Kelly is a second-semester student in the M.S. in Publishing program. In January, she became the WNBA’s second youth representative to the United Nations (Department of Public Information). The Women’s National Book Association has been a 503c NGO at the United Nations since 1959, when author Pearl S. Buck secured the NGO status for the organization. For almost 60 years, the WNBA has been instrumental in distributing information about the UN through its publications and programs, and has participated in activities at the UN’s main campus in New York City.
“As someone who studied journalism and law at university, the opportunity to promote the diplomatic work of the United Nations is a great privilege,” said Kelly. “Attending meetings and reporting on human rights abuses and initiatives throughout the world will be a transformative experience – and a responsibility I won’t take lightly. I’m very grateful to the WNBA for this chance.”
Kelly completed her Bachelor of Journalism Honors degree at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. As a graduate assistant to Professor Jane Denning, the publishing program’s Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach, she acts as the associate editor of the M.S. in Publishing blog, where she writes and edits original content. She hopes to one day work for a book publisher in a marketing, editorial, or production capacity.