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Mageen Caines, November 2012

Mageen Caines is a student, veteran, mother, activist, and thinker, currently enrolled in the school of public health at the University of Minnesota.  In this interview, she talks about the force that shaped her–teachers, librarians, parents, friends.  She discusses her experiences in the military and her work with veterans.

Mageen was in the Army Reserve from 1999 – 2010 as a Civil Affairs Sergeant, with service in Baquba, Iraq 2005 – 2006, with a final rank of Staff Sergeant.  She is currently earning a Masters degree in Public Health with a focus on Community Health Promotion at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  She is also working with the Dystonia Advocacy Group as a consultant on non-profit management and universal benefice design; the North Minneapolis Post-Tornado Watch as a consultant on grassroots projects such as community garden and re-greening; the Federal Medical Center, Rochester, MN as a guest trainer for returning service members and suicide prevention; the Global Health, Relief, Development, and Religious and Non-Religious NGOs, Program in Health and Human Rights as a guest lecturer on Military Humanitarianism.
In the past, Mageen has worked with CEIBA/Temasili (El Salvador) as a consultant on emerging technologies and disaster response project research; the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as an intern; the Veterans Administration, San Diego, CA as a Returning Service Members program liaison; and Jewish Community Action as a grassroots community organizer.

This interview is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 38.5 MB) or as a video podcast (.m4v – 216.0 MB).

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