“I watched [the mother] make a full meal that tasted good out of bare scraps from the cupboard. It showed me the resourcefulness of a group of people that has very little resources except for heart,” Thomer said.
Thomer helped the KWRU both in the office and in the field. “I participated [in KWRU] because it was the realization that working on groups here was only affecting a privileged few. And the people I was defending were privileged enough to feel the troubles of being at Amherst,” said Thomer.
Thomer’s activism began her sophomore year at Amherst. She joined the Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) in the fall and started her fight when she spoke at a QSA rally following the vandalizing of several pride flags that had hung over the Campus Center.
That semester, Thomer co-founded FACE (Financial Aid and Class Equality). She is still active with FACE and serves on the SGO Faculty Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid. Her involvement with QSA, FACE and other activist groups lead her to work with KWRU.
“People here sacrifice all the time to make this place better, just like the people in the real world sacrifice. I wanted to start making an impact on broader issues,” said Thomer. The people at KWRU-the people fighting for the homeless and those on welfare-truly inspired her in her activism.