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Initiative on Civic Engagement & Equity: Summer Internship Grant Program Awardees 2011


Washington, DC - Twelve UDC volunteer interns working on projects with considerable social justice, and equity value under the umbrella of the  Initiative for Civic Engagement and Equity have been awarded stipends funded by a generous donation from the Live-to-Give Foundation. They were selected by the initiative’s faculty leaders, Derek Musgrove and Meena Srinivasan, from 36 applicants. This stipend means that the students could accept these internships, while still  making the money over the summer that most of them need to continue their education in the fall. Undergrads receive a $4K stipend and grad and law students receive a $5 k stipend for an internship of eight or more weeks duration.

  Student's Name Internship Major
1 Brandi Bell Living City Block – Working with Shaw residents to reduce energy consumption and increase environmental awareness Undergraduate: Environmental Science
2 Natasha Bennett Washington Bureau of the NAACP – research on legislative issues Undergraduate: Administration of Justice
3 William Fenwick Bill of Rights Defense Committee - research and write posts on civil liberties, create projects, dossiers on grassroots allies Undergraduate: History
4 Roshan Ghimire Empower DC, Grassroots Media Project – create and publish multi media reports that educate the public about affordable housing, quality affordable childcare, quality public education Undergraduate: Mass Media
5 Angeline Hotio Second Chance Employment Services – research and writing and direct client services for women who have experienced abuse Undergraduate: Business Administration / Finance
6 Leslie Johnson Public Health analyst for the Effie Barry HIV/AIDS Initiative, DC Govt – Partnerships, Capacity Building and Community Outreach Bureau Undergraduate: Public Health (Junior)
7 Patrina Whitney Institute of Caribbean Studies – Research policy associate covering issues of concern to the local Caribbean community as well as the national Caribbean community Undergraduate: History
8 Jose Campos Latino Economic Development Corp − outreach, assistance to tenants in navigating housing court process and research and evaluation related to Latino homeownership and foreclosure Graduate: Law
9 Erin Herrero David A. Clarke School of Law – Low Income Tax Clinic. Legal representation to low disadvantaged taxpayers Graduate: Law (2L)
10 Samantha Holley DC American Civil Liberties Union – Focus on ACLU case opposing concerning WMATA policy of random bag searches Graduate: Law (1L)
11 Cedric Jocktane UDC, Architectural Research Institute – building and educating residents about community gardens in Ward 8 Graduate: Architecture
12 Vincent Tanoe TEAM HAPPY ORG. – focus on Blanket Haiti signature Project – on the development of information research and the implementation of economic sustainability goals within the scope of Economic and Social Empowerment. Graduate: Applied Statistics

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