Tanner Christensen

Communications Intern

Oakland, CA

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Tanner is a communications intern at Root & Rebound.

He is a rising sophomore at Stanford University planning to major in psychology, with minors in human rights, dance, and Spanish. As a first-generation, low-income (FGLI) college student, Tanner is passionate about fixing the systemic obstacles in various aspects of society. Consequently, he serves as a Matriculate advising fellow, assisting other FGLI high school students get into high graduation rate school. Additionally, Tanner is greatly passionate about housing insecurity and the struggles unhoused populations must face. To assist such populations, he volunteers at Sacred Heart, Causa Justa, and is a member of Stanford Housing Justice.

Above all, Tanner is likely most passionate about the punitive criminal justice system. He has participated in research that investigated the extractive practices the criminal justice system engages in, as well as the disproportionate impact the system has on marginalized communities. He hopes to one day become a lawyer to fix and fight against the ingrained issues that destroy the lives of millions.

Outside of work, Tanner is a Stanford Cheerleader and part of Stanford’s Legacy Dance Team. He also enjoys practicing yoga and calligraphy.

Tanner Christensen

Communications Intern

Oakland, CA

Email Tanner

Tanner is a communications intern at Root & Rebound.

He is a rising sophomore at Stanford University planning to major in psychology, with minors in human rights, dance, and Spanish. As a first-generation, low-income (FGLI) college student, Tanner is passionate about fixing the systemic obstacles in various aspects of society. Consequently, he serves as a Matriculate advising fellow, assisting other FGLI high school students get into high graduation rate school. Additionally, Tanner is greatly passionate about housing insecurity and the struggles unhoused populations must face. To assist such populations, he volunteers at Sacred Heart, Causa Justa, and is a member of Stanford Housing Justice.

Above all, Tanner is likely most passionate about the punitive criminal justice system. He has participated in research that investigated the extractive practices the criminal justice system engages in, as well as the disproportionate impact the system has on marginalized communities. He hopes to one day become a lawyer to fix and fight against the ingrained issues that destroy the lives of millions.

Outside of work, Tanner is a Stanford Cheerleader and part of Stanford’s Legacy Dance Team. He also enjoys practicing yoga and calligraphy.

Why do you come to work at Root & Rebound every day?

I come to work every day because I am motivated to assist communities that for so long have been tossed to the side and treated as subhuman. This rhetoric is inherently problematic and allows for companies, leaders, and those in power to take advantage of systemically harmed groups. I resonate heavily with the cause here at Root & Rebound because I have family members who are and have been incarcerated. Their helplessness catalyzes me to attempt to end the mass incarceration cycle that has become inordinately normalized.

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