Christina Neitzey, from Hampstead, North Carolina, is a member of UNC Charlotte's Class of 2014. In May, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in psychology, B.A. in criminal justice, and minors in Spanish and political science.
During her time at UNC Charlotte, Christina served as president of Pre-Law Society, helped launch UNC Charlotte's inaugural Dance Marathon to benefit Levine Children's Hospital, and spent a semester studying Spanish language, history, and culture in Málaga, Spain. Christina was selected for two competitive summer internships in the Department of Justice’s Crime, Violence, and Victimization Research Division and on the Children’s Defense Fund’s Child Welfare and Mental Health Policy Team, both in Washington, DC. She also served as an intern for the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s Office during the fall semester of her junior year.
She continues to be passionate about working to protect the best interests of children who have been abused and neglected, especially through her volunteer work as a Guardian ad Litem. For her civic engagement work through the Guardian ad Litem program, Christina was recognized in 2013 as a Newman Civic Fellow and in 2014 as the undergraduate recipient of the Justice Initiatives Award at UNC Charlotte. She was presented with the 2013 – 2014 Outstanding Student Organization Leader award for her tenure as president of Pre-Law Society.
When asked about her time as a Levine Scholar, Christina states, “I knew from the start that the Levine Scholars Program was something exceptional – that it was much more than just a scholarship – but I had no idea just how instrumental the Program would be in my personal, academic, and professional growth. I have been constantly challenged, encouraged, and supported over the past four years, and I have the Levine Scholars Program to thank for that. Beyond providing me with the financial support to graduate debt-free, study abroad in Spain for a semester, complete two unpaid summer internships in Washington, DC, and more, the Program helped me discover what I am passionate about, enabled me to pursue big goals, and encouraged me to give back to the community in a meaningful way.”
In fall 2014, Christina will begin her J.D. at Stanford Law School in California. She plans to pursue a career in the legal profession to practice law with the goals of promoting both social justice and economic prosperity in society.