Eleanore Denegre, originally from Billings, Montana, graduated from Reed College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. Her senior thesis focused on the role of gender and race in the creation of artificial intelligence products. While in college, Eleanore worked as a peer sexual violence advocate, served in multiple student government roles, and created a restorative justice program on campus. Eleanore hopes to pursue a Masters of Social Work after serving with Impact.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?
I love pretty much everything Mister Rogers ever said. One of my favorite quotes of his is, “It’s not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It’s the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff.”

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
Both of my parents are from New Orleans, and both sides of my extended family lived there throughout my childhood so I used to visit every summer. When I think about those visits, I think about the feeling of stepping into dense humidity, the creaking floorboards and rich colors of my grandparents house, and the resilience of the city in the aftermath of Katrina, despite so much devastating and deeply unjust loss. I look forward to visiting as often as I can while in Birmingham.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I used to be terrified of horror movies, but I forced myself to sit through so many when I was younger that now I’m completely obsessed with them.