Field Placement Student Success Story: Madeline Dyer

By Becky Smith, Practicum Faculty


Two years full time at Kent School. Part time job both years. On the job practicum the first year. And a macro practicum the second year with involvement with the State Legislature. How could anything be stressful? But Madeline gave her all for her education and especially in her practicum work. This was more than a practicum; she found her passion. Advocacy!

Last year Madeline Dyer completed her practicum at EMW Women’s Clinic in Louisville. She was working with women who were facing abortion. This year, she is doing a macro placement with Planned Parenthood, supporting and assisting the advocacy efforts to keep abortion legal in Kentucky. In September she started her practicum advocating on the sidewalk outside of Mitch McConnell’s house in Louisville. She was featured in the Courier Journal news along with her task supervisor and others. And this spring, she has been very busy supporting Planned Parenthood’s legislative activities.

The culmination of her experience came on March 29 in the final days of the legislative session. She was in Frankfort protesting HB3 with four others. They were “escorted” out of the gallery shortly before the vote for shouting “abortion is healthcare” – right before the Democrats walked out and refused to vote.

Madeline said, “she has never been so proud of herself and her advocacy efforts” and felt a terrific sense of excitement. She was interviewed by Spectrum News – D.C. branch and was asked, “What would you say to the legislators if you had the opportunity?” She replied, “I would invite them to spend a week in my shoes and talk to my clients everyday and if you have any humanity, tell me what you are doing is right for Kentucky…”

Her final words, “I feel so happy that I have been able to get into some good trouble.” This is not a practicum that she will forget and she does not plan to stop here. She will continue to work for the cause with an agency in Los Angeles after graduation.