Current and Past Recipients

Reading about these fellows will give you an idea what a Denning fellowship entails and ideas for future Denning fellowship work.


Luca DeAngelis '20 Luca DeAngelis '20 (Philosophy, Government, and Legal Studies)   worked at the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine for his third   summer. The ACLU of Maine is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting   the civil liberties and civil rights for all of the people of Maine. This   summer, Luca focused on operations and management projects by   working closely with the Executive and Deputy Directors. Some of   the work was day-to-day operations support which included lots of   document drafting, brainstorming, and organizing. Some of the   larger projects were based around hiring, budgeting, yearly goal   setting, and board management.

"The ACLU of Maine’s work is always important but right now it feels especially critically. Being able to be a part of the organization during this time has been really special. I have been able to contribute to the work I find so meaningful while also learning so much about both non-profit management and the program work of the organization.”

Nate DeMoranville '20 Nate DeMoranville ’20 (English and Visual Arts) spent this summer interning at AS220, a community arts non-profit in his hometown of Providence, Rhode Island. He spent most days in the Youth Program, where he developed and implemented an alumni outreach strategy to retain young adults in the space, but he also worked with staff in other programs to help plan Estival Festival, a summer block party/fundraiser with live music and fresh food that saw over 250 tickets sold!

"Before this summer, I had never stepped foot in AS220, even though it serves as the foundation of Providence’s art scene. I got to work alongside youth around my age working on a hip-hop theater production and make connections with other creatives in the Creative Capital.I am very grateful to have this newfound community."

 Charlotte Hall '20
 Charlotte Hall '20 (Mathematics and Psychology) worked at Fresh   Lifelines for Youth (FLY) in Milpitas, CA and at the Stanford Project on   Adaptation and Resilience in Kids (SPARK) Lab in Stanford, CA. She   explored the connection between the research and implementation of   social and emotional learning. At the SPARK Lab, she assisted in   research on social and emotional learning. At FLY, she explored how   social and emotional learning impacts the non-profit’s work of   preventing juvenile crime and incarceration. She worked with the admin   department at FLY by creating a report on donor behavior, assisting in   the grant-writing department, and aiding in a financial audit.

 "It was a privilege to learn from both FLY and SPARK throughout my   summer. I am constantly inspired by the crucial work FLY is doing for   the juvenile criminal system. At SPARK, I learned about the hard work   researchers put into helping facilitate change. Growing up in the Bay   Area, it was incredibly meaningful to give back in my home community   this summer." 

Praise Hall '20With a grant from the National Science Foundation, Praise Hall '20 (Sociology and Education) conducted research at Texas A&M’s Research Institute in   Sociology and Social Inequality. She used data from the National   Center for Education Statistics (NCES)’s 2009 High School   Longitudinal Study (HSLS) to quantitatively examine the   connection between relational teacher care and Black and   Latinx’s  academic achievement in math and science classes.

 “Researching care in the classroom has been incredibly eye opening for me as an aspiring teacher and educational policy maker. I realized the importance of cultivating authentic   relationships and the stake such relationships play in students’ learning. I am beyond excited to continue this research and work to ensure authentic care is a fundamental structure of all student – teacher and student – school relationships.”

Bridget Hoke '20
 Bridget Hoke '20 (Africana Studies and English) worked as the media   intern for Rippleffect, an outdoor leadership education non-profit
 with an island off the coast of Portland. Her main projects for the   summer were photo and video content collection, management of   social media accounts, creation of written blogs, and case statement   production. Every day, she went out onto Cow Island to tell the story   of Rippleffect's programs, students, staff, and mission. Aware of   challenges of the outdoor education sector, the organization is   working to provide equity of access and cultural awareness as they   serve the Portland population. Bridget's storytelling sought to elevate   stories of Cow Island and Rippleffect that showcase the impact the program can have on individual lives and larger communities.

“I wanted exposure to outdoor education but would not have been qualified to be a guide with Rippleffect. The flexibility of the Denning has given me the unique opportunity to enter a workplace chiefly to learn. It has given me the time and space to consider the challenges and benefits of a career in non-profits. It has made me feel connected to the entire education network in Portland.”

Aneka Kazlyna '20 (Religion) worked as a research intern at WISE gathering data and information the current Afghanistan peace process in Qatar and determining how WISE, along with its partner organizations, could include Muslim women’s rights at the table during peace talks with the Taliban. She studied previous peace conflicts that included the role of guaranteeing women’s rights in national security and long term stability goals and wrote briefings on her research. Additionally, she worked closely with nonprofit leaders who had previously worked on women’s rights in Afghanistan to compile proposal and create a document which outlined their rights for an Afghan Women’s Right Under Islamic Law event in Washington D.C. She hopes that other conflict zones will utilize this research to inform their peace processes in the future.
"My work at WISE taught me how access to credible sources of knowledge and how education can empower women all over the world to stand in solidarity. Today, religion is seen as a harbinger of violence. I was able to witness firsthand how by focusing on pluralism, equality, education and justice, one can bring together people of various worldviews and religious opinions to find some common ground and peacefully coexist."

Jules Kiley '20Jules Kiley '20 (Education, English, and Hispanic Studies) received the Denning Fellowship which enabled her to work at The Telling Room, an organization in Portland that seeks to empower youth through creative writing and share their voices with the world. Jules served as a Teaching Assistant in The Telling Room’s summer programs. In her role, Jules helped to facilitate writing exercises, worked one-on-one with students to revise their pieces, and accompanied students on field trips throughout Portland. When she was not working with summer programs, Jules focused primarily on developing connections between The Telling Room and Bowdoin that could be sustained for the coming school year.
“By providing the space for youth to share their voices through creative writing, The Telling Room empowers youth to realize that their voices matter. The Telling Room is the perfect nonprofit placement for me as an English and Education major because I get to not only help students develop their writing, but also hone in on my own writing skills. I hope to bring what I have learned about writing’s empowering potential to my coursework at Bowdoin.”


Annie Rose '20 Annie Rose '20 (Psychology and Education) returned to Tedford Housing, where she   worked last summer as a Maine Community Fellow, to   assist in the organization’s efforts to support local youth   and families experiencing homelessness. Primarily, she   worked closely with guests and staff at the family shelter,   provided administrative support to Housing Resources for   Youth, and befriended folks at The Gathering Place. In   hopes of pursuing a community-engaged honors project   in the Psychology Department next year, Annie began   surveying clients of Tedford Housing and The Gathering Place to gauge interest in the use of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to cope with the many stressors associated with homelessness.

"Everyday, when Tedford works with people either experiencing homelessness, at risk, or striving to maintain stability after having emerged from homelessness, progress towards ending homelessness is made. During my time at Tedford, I’ve been fortunate enough to witness how social service agencies wield the power of connection to enact change at the individual level. I’m so appreciative of the opportunity to return to Tedford Housing, further immerse myself in the local community, and continue to meet the many different faces of Brunswick."

Eliza Stup '20Eliza Stup '20 (Government and Legal Studies and Hispanic Studies) interned at the Tahirih Justice Center with both the Legal and Policy teams. With the legal team, Eliza assisted attorneys and worked directly with survivors of gender-based violence on their immigration cases. With the policy team, Eliza conducted research for policy associates and contributed to potential litigation. By working directly with clients and participating in national policy advocacy, Eliza witnessed the difficulties that immigrant survivors of gender-based violence face on an individual and structural level.
"I loved the opportunity to work with the Tahirih Justice Center on the problem of gender-based violence at both the micro and the macro level, by helping clients with their cases and aiding with impact litigation. Tahirih’s mission speaks to me because the organization seeks to assist and elevate the most vulnerable members of our community."


Charlotte Youkilis '20Charlotte Youkilis '20 (History and Cinema Studies) worked for Cultivating Community, a Portland-based nonprofit organization which works to help increase community access to land and healthy food. The organization works to support local food systems and teach farmers about sustainable food production. In order to reach these goals, Cultivating Community has a variety of programs that engage teens and community members with Maine’s food system. Their New American Sustainable Agriculture Project, or NASAP, trains refugees and immigrants in farming practices with the long-term goal of helping New Americans gain economic independence through sustainable farming. While NASAP began at Packard Littlefield Farm in Lisbon, it has expanded into Hurricane Valley Farm in West Falmouth.
"Working at Hurricane Valley Farm, I’ve built formative relationships with farmers, most of whom are refugees or immigrants, learning firsthand about sustainable farming, permaculture, and small-scale food systems. Immersing myself in this environment has deepened my interest in the diverse history of farming practices and food production."