Meet the Civic ScholarsClass of 2017
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Jessica Abrams

Hometown:  Highland Park, Illinois

School: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Civic engagement interests: Educational disparity and food insecurity

How do you hope to impact the world?: I am passionate about reducing educational disparity in urban environments as well as working to eradicate food insecurity.

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Selam Bekele

Hometown: San Jose, California

School: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Undecided

Civic engagement interests: Poverty, healthcare disparities

How do you hope to impact the world?

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Athena Buell Becerra

Hometown: Monterey, California

School: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Urban Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies

Civic engagement interests: Immigration rights advocacy

How do you hope to impact the world? I hope to become a public interest attorney working for farm workers' and immigrant rights in the U.S.

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Minkyung "Michelle" Cho

Hometown: Old Tappan, New Jersey

School: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Undecided

Civic engagement interests: Reproductive rights, foster care, public health, education achievement gap

How do you hope to impact the world?: I hope to use theory gained from my education at Penn to better serve and protect the community of children in foster care and underprivileged families, as well as the health and education needs in communities of underprivileged youth through legal advocacy.

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Jared Fenton

Hometown: Penn Valley, Pennsylvania

School: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Undecided

Civic engagement interests: Children with disabilities, promoting civic engagement among citizens and community members

How do you hope to impact the world?: I am sure that I will always be striving to introduce more people to community service, and leading my life in such a way that people who know me see that service is truly a part of my life, hopefully leading these people to integrate service into their lives in a similar way.

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Adina Goldstein

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

School: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Political Science

Civic engagement interests: Education equality and access

How do you hope to impact the world?: I hope to show people that wanting change and supporting change are only the first steps, and that it is incredibly rewarding and empowering to actually get involved.

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Jordyn Myers

Hometown: Plainfield, New Jersey

School: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Undecided

Civic engagement interests: Gender issues, intersectionality of social issues

How do you hope to impact the world?

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Rashad Nimr

Hometown: Southport, Connecticut

School: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Civic engagement interests: Palestine, refugee rights, LGBT+ rights, and increasing access to healthcare globally

How do you hope to impact the world?: I hope to put my voice with others like me to turn the tide on systems of oppression in all forms in this world. Only through unity can we achieve equality.

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Sarah Poehlmann

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

School: School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Major: Undecided

Civic engagement interests: Educational equity

How do you hope to impact the world?: I think it's crucial that we eliminate the "giver" and "taker" mentality regarding community service by supporting and getting involved in organizations that facilitate direct interaction between people.

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Kate Samuelson

Hometown: Katy, Texas

School: College of Arts & Sciences

Major: Political Science

Civic engagement interests: Pediatric cancer, environmental advocacy, community empowerment

How do you hope to impact the world?: I plan to pursue a public interest career focusing on community revitalization and economic mobility initiatives. I will also continue to serve and advocate for childhood cancer causes.

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Angie Tang

Hometown: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

School: College of Arts & Sciences & Wharton

Major: Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business

Civic engagement interests: Intersection of business and social good, economic empowerment and development, gender equality

How do you hope to impact the world?: I hope to harness business and economics through an effective public policy framework to create social good. Since our economic system shapes almost every facet of our lives, I believe economic empowerment is crucial for overall empowerment.