Haley Havelock (she/her), Psychology and Journalism + Design ’23
Conference: National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference
While attending the National Missing and Unidentified Persons Conference in Orlando, Florida, I was able to meet and connect with many professionals in the missing person field including Law enforcement, Victim advocates, FBI personnel and even cadaver dogs. I got to hear of the systematic problems when it comes to missing person cases, as well as learned about Forensic Genetic testing and more challenges that occur. This gave me more perspective about routes to go for jobs and also how to better cover my missing person cases for Milk Carton.
Who was supporting you in your work? How did you work with them?Lori Grinker. She guided me through the project and gave me guidance.
How has this project has been impactful or transformative — for you personally or for those this work has impacted:
I was able to connect with the sister of Mickey Shunick and talk about the implications of the media and how it impacted her sisters case.
What would you do differently? How would you advise a student who is going to do something similar?
I would have looked into the hotel I was staying at and the reviews. I chose to stay where the conference was being held but it was a little dirty.
I am so grateful for this experience and I wish that I had found out about this grant sooner. I was able to make so many connections and get so much insight into a field I am interested in.