Yale Students Named as Public Service Fellows

From a pool of more than 100 applicants, 35 Yale University students – 20 undergraduates and 15 from the graduate and professional schools – have been selected as this year’s President’s Public Service Fellows.

Established by Yale President Richard C. Levin five years ago, the fellowships provide stipends to students who work on community-based projects for 8-10 weeks during the summer. The program offers the double advantage of freeing students from financial concerns so they can work in the public interest and freeing community organizations from the financial burden of hiring summer help.

Undergraduates interested in working as President’s Public Service Fellows apply for placements proposed by New Haven agencies, while graduate/professional students may choose to design a community project relevant to their discipline. In addition to their daily work, fellows have a comprehensive orientation program at the beginning of the summer and meet together weekly.

The 1999 President’s Public Service Fellows and their placements are:

Marjorie Anderson ‘00 will work at the National Youth Sports Program sponsored by Yale’s Department of Athletics for more than 300 New Haven middle school students.

Hannah Appel ‘00 will serve as program director at Urban Solutions, Inc., an urban landscape business started by a former President’s Service Fellow, that employs New Haven youth.

Paul Arougheti, School of Architecture ‘01, will work on the development of urban design strategies for the Hill neighborhood of New Haven through the Yale Urban Design Workshop.

Adena Bargad, School of Nursing ‘00, will provide women’s reproductive health care as a student nurse-midwife at the Women’s Center of Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Louise Bernard, Graduate School ‘03, will work with the children’s department at the New Haven Free Public Library to devise a creative reading and improvisation program for elementary and middle school children. She will also be involved in the library’s Summer Reading Program.

Joseph Cubas ‘02 will be a teacher at the Summerbridge program for New Haven youth at the Hopkins School.

Diane Curran, Law School ‘01, will work at the Yale-based Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, focusing on immigration law.

Dominique Davison, School of Architecture ‘00, will assist the Greater Dwight Development Corporation in gathering information for the planning processes currently evolving in the Dwight neighborhood of New Haven.

Andrew Faehnle ‘00 will work in numerous capacities at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, with the primary responsibility of documenting the event on video.

William Fick, Law School ‘01, will work at the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, providing legal representation to prison inmates in multiple correctional institutions in the State of Connecticut.

Thomas Fitzpatrick ‘01 will assist the New Haven Police Department’s GIS mapping system and will conduct research pertaining to city and suburban perceptions of public safety in New Haven.

Greta Gao ‘01 will be a teacher in the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation, which serves nearly 100 academically talented but financially needy New Haven middle and high school students.

Amie Giordano ‘00 will assist the summer program coordinator at Christian Community Action in preparing activities for children in emergency housing. She will also manage the high school students who volunteer over the summer at the agency.

Garth Graham, department of epidemiology and public health ‘00, will assist in identifying funding opportunities, resource development and marketing ideas at the Hill Health Corporation.

Avni Gupta ‘00 will coordinate and organize the Summer Academy for the Amistad Academy, a new charter school in New Haven for middle school students.

Sarah Jeon ‘00 will work at Footebridge, an early childhood literacy program for New Haven elementary school children at the Foote School.

Bethany Kelsch, Law School ‘01, will work at the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, providing legal representation to prison inmates in addition to her work in the Advocacy for Parents and Children Clinic.

Philip Kim ‘00 will develop websites and databases at the New Haven Free Public Library.

Srini Lalapet, Graduate School ‘00, will divide his time between conferring with the Dwight Consulting Group on neighborhood revitalization and development of new business ventures at the Enterprise Center.

Donna Lawlor, School of Nursing ‘00, will provide outreach and health care services through the Community Health Care Van and at the Fair Haven Clinic/Nathan Smith Clinic.

Mi Sun Lim, School of Architecture ‘01, will assist in designing a daycare center on Edgewood Street in connection with the Yale Urban Design Workshop.

Kendra Mack ‘01 will work at the Yale Athletics Department’s National Youth Sports Program.

Peter Mazza ‘01 will participate in multiple projects in the Office of New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr.

Katherine McArthur, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies ‘00, will work on neighborhood revitalization efforts as part of the Urban Resources Initiative in the Hill neighborhood.

Simone Nelson, School of Drama ‘01, will use theater as a medium for outreach and education in New Haven. Her first endeavor will be as codirector of the Dwight Edgewood Project, a community outreach summer program of the Yale School of Drama.

Judeth Oden ‘00 will work with the City of New Haven’s Youth Services Bureau. She will update the New Haven Directory of Youth Services and contribute to the ongoing development of the Citywide Youth Plan.

Luis Perez, Divinity School ‘01, will devise media for summer activities and services at Casa Otonal.

Madhu Pocha ‘01 will assist The Community Builders, Inc. with a large multi-family development project.

Matthew Proto ‘01 will work at the National Youth Sports Program sponsored by Yale.

Colin Reingold ‘02 will organize an effort to assess and revise New Haven’s Coastal Zone Management Plan at the New Haven City Plan Department.

Anika Singh ‘01 will conduct research related to homeownership activities at the Hill Development Corporation.

Roger Taylor, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies ‘00, will work on the neighborhood revitalization efforts of the Urban Resources Initiative.

Wayne Titus ‘02 will assist staff members to produce the New England Artists’ Trust Artist Congress, International Festival of Arts and Ideas and other urban ventures at the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.

Heather Topel ‘00 will assist the New Haven City Plan Department in tasks necessary to update the 1953 Comprehensive Plan and the 1965 Workable Program.

Kelun Zhang ‘00 will provide support and assistance to the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

In its first year, the President’s Public Service Fellowship program included 20 students. It has since expanded to include more than 30 students each of the past two years. More than 150 Yale students have served as fellows since the program was established, representing all 12 of Yale’s undergraduate residential colleges and all but one of Yale’s 11 graduate and professional schools. The fellowship is made possible with support of Yale alumni and others.

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