Lindsey Duff '18 (Psychology) spent this summer in Salem, MA working with LEAP for Education. This education nonprofit provides low-income students, first-generation Americans, English Language Learners, and first-generation-to-college students with educational programming and college advising. Lindsey worked primarily with their Summer English Academy for English Language Learning high school students, developing programming related the summer's theme "Help Wanted: Celebration the Ingenuity, Multiculturism, and Enterprising Nature of the Citizens of Salem."
"My experience this summer was grounded in my research into multicultural education and has inspired me to consider a career path working directly with high schoolers. I look forward to continuing my research into the emotional experience of privilege and how it may prompt one to either address or avoid social inequality."
Scout Gregerson '18 (Neuroscience) helped Oasis Free Clinic, a provider of free health care to uninsured adults in southern Midcoast Maine, conduct a community needs assessment. She carried out interviews with partner organizations to better understand the key health and service needs of those with low-income and identify future areas of collaboration. In the fall, Scout will help draft a final report of the whole assessment with recommendations for the Board of Directors.
"Working with Oasis has opened my eyes to the challenge and necessity of meeting health care needs for all, especially those who are underserved. This summer has reinforced my conviction that access to quality health care with dignity must be considered a fundamental right."
Zach Hebert '18 (Sociology) spent his summer working with the Merrymeeting Food Council. Zach assisted with a range of projects from youth engagement to market analysis. His main project was working to expand the Merrymeeting Gleaners, a project of the MCF that works to distribute additional produce from farms to low-income community members in Midcoast Maine. Throughout the summer Zach helped the Gleaners expand to several new recipient organizations, provide service in six new towns, and assisted in a 20% increase in gleaned produce for the month of July.
"Being involved with MCF has allowed me to gain a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of a local food system through administrative coordination and hands-on experience. With great significance for my post-graduate plans, this internship has provided me with the confidence in knowing that I can independently coordinate food assistance programs from the produce still on the ground, all the way to the mouths of the individuals who need it the most."
Kevin Hernandez '18 (Sociology) spent his summer working with Bienestar Humas Services (East Los Angeles) to support the health and wellness of the Latino, LGBT, undocumented community. He developed culturally relevant curriculum that effectively provided risk reduction
Michelle Jeong '18 (Sociology)
Sarah Kelley '18 (Psychology)
June Marx '18 (Education and English)
Liam Nicoll '18 (Government & Legal Studies and Religion)
Lili Ramos '18 (Psychology)
Daisy Wislar '18 (Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies and Sociology)