Point Scholar 2010 – 2012
Mallory was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago where she grew up in a working class family where difference was not acceptable. She attended Catholic schools where she excelled academically and knew that education was the tool that would open a new world to her. For her undergraduate degree, Mallory attended, Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, a small all women’s Catholic college where she majored in Social Work.
Mallory quickly became a leader and eventually came out as a lesbian on campus. However, she quickly learned how homophobic the campus was and watched as students used religion used as a weapon to justify marginalization of the LGBTQ community on campus. Mallory truly began to learn what it felt like to be marginalized after losing her job as a Resident Advisor and being verbally attacked by another student for supporting the LGBTQ community. While this was difficult for her, it gave Mallory the motivation to work to set up programs on campus to ensure that no student would ever have to go through what she had endured. As President of the Straight and Gay Alliance on campus, she began to gain acceptance and tolerance for the LGBTQ individuals on campus.
Mallory received her Master's degree at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. She plans to continue her work as a social worker focusing on community organizing and hopes to open a social settlement home someday.