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NOTES FROM THE FIELD: JESUS FRANCO '20

Jesus Franco '20 interned at Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

During my winter term I had the great opportunity to intern at Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) as an Adult Community Organizing Intern. CBE follows a triad model of connecting, organizing, research, and legal strategies in order to achieve environmental justice in underserved communities that have historically faced environmental injustices due to poor urban planning that has made residents neighbors to industry, freeways, and other toxic pollutants. As an intern, I mainly worked with the adult organizing program that worked to build community power among adult residents in Southeast Los Angeles, which consisted of about 35 residents.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: LINFORD ZIRANGWA '19

Linford Zirangwa '19 interned at the Pratham Education Foundation during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: GABRIELLE HUNTER '20

Gabrielle Hunter '20 interned at the CDC Center for Global Health during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

As a Global Health Policy Intern for CDC Center for Global Health this winter, I worked with the Strategy and Planning Team on projects aiming to strengthen policy capacity for CDC’s global staff in over 60 countries across the world and develop partnership opportunities to advance strategic priorities for the Center for Global Health. I supported the CDC Foundation public private partnership development for the 7 Priority Country initiative, including development of a donor engagement strategy for Nigeria. I participated in preparation for key multilateral engagements such as the National Institute of Health of Colombia, World Health Assembly, WHO Executive Board meetings, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: COLTON FRENCH '20

Colton French '20 interned at the Office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster '87 during the 2019 winter term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

This past Winter term I had the opportunity to intern in Washington, DC at the Office of Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster ’87. Each morning I was responsible for searching online news outlets for clips mentioning Rep. Annie Kuster, Rep. Chris Pappas, and New Hampshire’s senators. I then summarized each news article and compiled my findings into a document that was sent out daily to our DC staffers, district offices, and the Congresswoman. Additionally, I was responsible for communicating directly with constituents and logging their concerns into a database which allowed Rep. Kuster and her staff to respond effectively. In the event that our office did not have an adequate response to a constituent’s concern, I drafted form letters by researching Rep. Kuster’s past voting records and positions on specific policy areas.

19W Management and Leadership with Excellence

Photo Caption: Front row: Eugene Lovejoy ’22, Casey Vaughan ’19, Lisa Je TH’19, Halle Dantas ’21 , Levi Roseman ’21, Viney Regunath ’21; Back row: Owen Ritz ’21, Jeffrey Li ’21, Sophia Linkas ’21, Uma Ramesh ’20, Tobias Lange ’21, Jack Kerin ’20; Missing from photo: Ella Ketchum ’21, Kate Laskoski ’21

Each term the Management Leadership Development Program provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their leadership experience and build the skills to be more effective leaders. At the close of the program, participants are asked to nominate their peers for excellence. When nominating, students are asked to explain why their nominees made their experience in MLDP more beneficial and how their nominees provided an excellent example of leadership during the program. At the end of the term, students must have perfect attendance and be nominated multiple times, by multiple peers to complete the program with excellence. Below are the collaborated comments about those who completed the Management and Leadership Development Program with excellence in Winter 2019.

American Capitalism after the Volcker Shock of 1980

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, University of Chicago history professor and economic historian Jonathan Levy spoke at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center. His talk, titled “Instability and Inequality: American Capitalism after the Volcker Shock of 1980,” touched on the importance of the United States Federal Reserve in global economic policymaking, the links between inequality and the Great Recession, and the roots of contemporary economic transformations.

Levy said that in his field, economic history, “the action is back in history departments” after a temporary migration to economics departments in the 1970s and 1980s. “Especially since 2008 and the Great Recession, historians have become more interested in economic questions than they were in the past.”

Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors

Each winter term for six consecutive Monday evenings, over 100 first-year students, along with about two dozen student facilitators, gather to discuss their values and how those impact their potential goals for the future at and beyond Dartmouth. These students are bonded together by the Dartmouth Leadership Attitudes and Behaviors (D-LAB) program, a student-facilitated leadership development program specifically designed for first-year students, sponsored by the Rockefeller Center and the Office of Student Life.

Over the course of six weekly sessions, students meet in small groups and have the opportunity to bond with peers from across campus and connect with their upper-class facilitators through reflective and interactive activities. The conversations that take place broaden students’ understanding of themselves, their fellow classmates, and the Dartmouth experience itself.

Brooks Family Lecture: Bringing America Together

On Jan. 29, Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, delivered the Brooks Family Lecture for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences. His talk was titled “Bringing America Together.” Brooks has served as the president of the think tank since January 1, 2009. Before joining AEI, Dr. Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Prior to his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain. Additionally, Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the bestselling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise.   

Deeds Not Words: Taking Action to Make Change

On Friday, January 25, 2019, Wendy Davis spoke with students in an afternoon session “Deeds Not Words: Taking Action to Make Change.” Wendy Davis is the founding director of Deeds Not Words, a non-profit that seeks to empower and activate the voices of young women in public and political discourse. She is a former Texas State Senator, 2014 Texas Democratic Gubernatorial nominee, frequent public speaker and author. Davis gained national prominence in 2013 when she strapped on a pair of pink sneakers and held a 13-hour filibuster to protect women’s reproductive freedoms in Texas. Her fight ultimately led to a successful and landmark decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, strengthening the landscape for abortion rights throughout the country.

Public Program: Youth, Design, and Juvenile Justice Reform

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, human-centered designer and community organizer Chris Rudd spoke at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, delivering a lecture and presentation on the intersection between design and juvenile justice reform. The founder of ChiByDesign, a Chicago-based human-centered design firm, Rudd said he aims to see and shape a better world. 

Rudd’s interest in social justice began with his parents’ activism. “I grew up going to picket lines and strikes,” he said. “The Midwest is a big union place, so that was always a big cause in my family.” He added that he took on his own causes as a teenager, especially at his school. “Having to fight for better education, fight for better access, [and] organizing with [his] classmates” shaped his youth.

His work in juvenile justice began at the Mikva Challenge, where he headed a juvenile justice council made up of local students that was focused on reforming the system in Cook County. The problems, Rudd said, are “mostly centered around racism.”

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