2015 McKeen Community Fellows and Their Placements

Mariette Aborn '16

Mariette Aborn

Mariette Aborn '17 (Economics and French) engaged closely with data on Maine students at The Mitchell Institute with her main project focused on compiling data to help author a report on the enrollment trends of Maine students. She also updated data on Mitchell Scholars to produce the annual Scholar Profile, participated in two leadership-building weekend experiences for Mitchell Scholars, and organized a dialogue for rising juniors on college aspirations.

"Working at the Mitchell Institute allowed me to explore my interest in the state of access to higher education in Maine and increased my sense of connection to place. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with such a dedicated staff, interact with motivated Maine students, analyze statewide data, and learn a lot of Maine geography along the way.”

Julian Andrews '17

Julian Andrews

As an ArtVan fellow, Julian Andrews '17 (Psychology) attended programs during the week working with children and adults in under-resourced neighborhoods in the Bath, Brunswick and Lewiston/Auburn areas. He also helped run ArtVan’s social media and web pages, and created a summary report of ArtVan’s online presence to help the organization use online resources and boost their presence on the internet.

"My experience at ArtVan has been a wild, creative, incredible experience. I’ve loved working with the kids at programs, and learning more about the inner workings of nonprofit organizations. My day-to-day work varied and each program presented unique challenges, but the thread of creativity, collaboration, and positive energy wove it all together."

Madeline Cole '16

Madeline Cole

Madeline Cole '16 (Government & Legal Studies) worked in Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project's pro se forms clinic. In this role, she assisted clients in applying for adjustment of immigration status and petitioning to bring family members to the U.S. Her main project was to ensure that all of ILAP's former clients with Temporary Protected Status from Somalia renewed this status during its two-month re-designation period in order to maintain their lawful status in the U.S.

"My experience at ILAP was fascinating because it gave me the chance to work as an intermediary between immigration authorities and immigrants themselves. This role lends a unique perspective to learning how immigration law works in the U.S., and perhaps more importantly, understanding how it affects new Mainers."

Allisen Haggard

Allisen Haggard

At Maine Center for Economic Policy Allisen Haggard '17 (Government & Legal Studies) split her time between compiling a report on immigrant integration in Maine and writing blog posts and op eds on economic topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act to minimum wage. Attending meetings with community stakeholders and partner organizations, she learned how economics intersects with other policy interests and the economic implications of current events as they happened in real time.

"It was valuable to see how the abstract economic concepts I’ve learned in class actually manifest themselves in the real world, and the ways in which they can be utilized to improve the lives of Mainers. I enjoyed learning how state government functions from the perspective of a nonprofit advocacy group."

Ryan Herman '17

Ryan Herman

Ryan Herman '17 (Biochemistry) spent this summer working with Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program and the Food Security Coalition of Mid Coast Maine. He balanced his time between these two non-profits with both direct service, client and volunteer interactions, research, and administrative capacity-building. For FSC, Ryan traveled to neighboring food pantries and worked with their coordinators and clients to conduct personalized client surveys. For MCHPP, Ryan’s biggest project involved an in-depth financial and nutritional analysis of their food pantry.

"This fellowship was inspiring, highlighting the prevalence of food insecurity and poverty among people from all walks of life. The collective determination of the leaders of MCHPP and other food assistance providers ensures me that the plight of food insecurity is being addressed more and more everyday."

Shannon McCabe

Shannon McCabe

At Preble Street’s Maine Hunger Initiative, Shannon McCabe '17 (Sociology and Environmental Studies) advocated for solutions to end hunger in Maine by identifying public policy priorities and organizing testimony from those who experience food insecurity. Shannon assisted in the planning of Portland’s public hearing for the congressionally-appointed National Commission on Hunger, and synthesized testimonies from previous hearings to be used by partner organizations in developing their testimonies.

"Working with the Maine Hunger Initiative has been both challenging and fulfilling. I worked directly with clients through the soup kitchen and indirectly through advocacy work and researching best practices to be implemented at the community and state level. I am incredibly grateful for my time at MHI and for all the inspiring, dedicated people that have strengthened my passion for and understanding of solutions to food insecurity."

Marysol Newton

Marysol Newton

While interning at Maine Migrant Health Program, Marysol Newton '17 (Government & Legal Studies) assisted in organizing and conducting a needs assessment to identify additional patient populations outside of farmworkers that MMHP might serve. She was able to identify the locations and needs of hospitality workers in Maine and, using this information, she organized surveys and focus groups to gather information about the target population’s health care needs.

"I have had the unique opportunity to gain first hand experience of the daily operations at a Federally Qualified Health Center while becoming better informed of America’s domestic health care needs. The staff at MMHP has inspired me with their level of sensitivity for their patients and their passion for providing excellent, culturally competent care to migrant workers in Maine."