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Hometown: Cocoa Beach, Florida
Major: International Studies, Business, Spanish
Civic engagement interests: My civic engagement interests center on public health and its power to design innovative, scalable interventions that reach people with complex healthcare needs. In particular, I enjoy making documentary films on health inequities facing immigrant communities and the role of HIV/AIDS in creating Philadelphia's public health infrastructure. As an EMT, I am passionate about mitigating the root causes of trauma through compassionate and effective healthcare.How do you hope to impact the world?: In the future, I hope my work will provide a creative means for thought leaders and activists in our community to expand their partnerships with community stakeholders. By combining service and research, I hope to bring awareness of under-researched public health problems to the forefront of the public mindset.
Hometown: San Bruno, CA
Major: Urban Studies (minor in Urban Education)
Civic engagement interests: Activism work is something that I'm very passionate about. I've worked the longest with GSA Network (NorCal chapter) and, as a result, I've been a part of advocating against school push out and the School to Prison Pipeline as well as spoken on a variety of issues, such as racial justice and income inequality. I strongly believe in youth empowerment being significant in creating social change because of the strength and passion that comes with self-advocation.
Hometown: Lawrence, MA
Civic engagement interests: My junior and senior year of high school, I was part of a group called Out of the Blue with 7 other upperclassmen and we facilitated discussions about identity with peers and faculty. We also presented at several diversity conferences so that other institutions could establish similar conversations. For the last three years, I was a tutor/mentor at Si, Se Puede, a homework-help center in my hometown, Lawrence, MA. As a mentor at the Powel School, I hope to meaningfully connect with my students.
Hometown: Massapequa, NY
Major: Political Science, concentration in Internation Relations
Civic engagement interests: I am very invested in helping the homeless, immigration reform, and local community engagement with children from immigrant or low income families. In high school I worked for four years with a local men's homeless shelter, and for the past year or so with an organization called "La Fuerza Unida". At La Fuerza, I helped run an after school day care program and summer camp program that was state funded. This relates to my passion for immigration reform and personal assistance.
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
Civic engagement interests: I am passionate about addressing homelessness and food insecurity through my learning and service in Philadelphia. I also hope to pursue my interest in educational equity by engaging in local high schools and continuing my past participation in education policy reform. Having led free music education programs in a low-income area, I am especially interested in expanding academic and extracurricular opportunities for underprivileged youth.
Hometown: Washington, DC
Civic engagement interests: Currently, I conduct research on the effects of regulation on socioeconomic inequality for Penn Law. I also serve as the co-chair of the Diversity Initiative for the American Parliamentary Debate Association in order to ensure that debaters of color are not competitively penalized on account of their races and to create programs for collegiate debate teams to give back to their respective communities. Last summer, I built an app for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to identify and address pay inequity across genders and races, and I conducted research on the philosophical implications of race-based affirmative action from a justice-oriented standpoint.How do you hope to impact the world?: I hope to impact the world through a combination of institutional change and direct service action. I plan to attend law school after graduation such that I can pursue a career in public interest law, for organizations such as the ACLU or the Innocence Project. However, I believe it is just as necessary to engage in direct action with communities.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Civic engagement interests: I am passionate about education, particularly in how to create engaging and culturally relevant atmospheres in which youth can explore their passions. I spent the last year working as an Americorps member with City Year Milwaukee, where I tutored and mentored in a 6th grade classroom. My students' passions ignited mine. Their curiosity fueled my own. I owe it all to them.
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Civic engagement interests: I am very passionate about refugee and migrant rights, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, proper legal representation, and helping others gain access to fundamental rights like water, education, and a clean environment. In high school, I was involved with Hands Across the Water, an organization that raised awareness for lack of clean drinking water, the Ohio Innocence Project, and Palestine Children's Relief Fund.
Hometown: Clover, SC
Civic engagement interests: I'm interested in educational disparities and helping to alleviate them through community and school partnerships. I've done this through various tutoring and mentorship programs in high school, and would like to continue this work in college with an increased focus on culturally relevant education for all parties involved. I'm also interested in arts education and arts therapy, gender equality, LGBTQ (youth) rights, and racial inequality (specifically in Southern and urban spaces).
How do you hope to impact the world?: I'd like to work as a mediator between underprivileged and overprivileged communities in some fashion. Ideally, I'd leverage my educational and socioeconomic privilege to help balance the resources given out to members of the same areas.
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Civic engagement interests: I'm interested in international human rights, educational, racial and economic disparities, and the intersection of policy making with these issues.
Hometown: Lilburn, GA
Major: Comparative Literature, concentrtion in Globalization
Civic engagement interests: I hope to be involved with the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, Big Brothers and Sisters, Amnesty International, Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault, as well the Roosevelt Think Tank for Social Policy. Specifically, I am most passionate about fighting for global human rights, preventing rape, sexual assault, and gender-based violence, as well as ending the cycle of poverty in the United States.
Hometown: Englewood, NJ
Civic engagement interests: I am interested in education for all and closing the literacy gap that exists within the United States and around the world. Throughout high school I worked on a literacy initative, Comprendemos Connection, to address the issue of literacy within my community. This was done through a collection of over 7,000 books which established three community libraries and one in Guatemala. I also translated documents for various nonprofits and set up tutoring sessions in my local community center.