The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Class of 2019

Class of 2019 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows

Front Row (left to right): Rajiv Ramaiah, Maria Jose Auil, Charlotte Blatt, Samuel Colello, Abhilasha Gokulan, Alyssa Heinze, Kristen Virkler, Dale Li, Raunak Bhojwani

2nd Row (left to right): Gricelda Ramos, Christopher Huberty, Lucia Pierson, Jonathan Chu, Emma Marsano, Carolyn McShea, Jessica Colin, Arati Gangadharan, Zoe Snow, Kaina Chen

3rd Row (left to right): Matthew Sindelar, Akanksha Wasan, Marley Peters, Julian Marcu, Caroline Berens, Jarrett Taylor 

*Fellows not pictured: Daniel Propp

Notes From the Field: John Kilcommons '19

John Kilcommons '19 interned at the Law Division within the Cook County Circuit Court during the 2018 summer term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The Law Division within the Cook County Circuit Court is responsible for taking civil cases that claimed money damages exceeding $50,000 or more. Within my courtroom, my judge, the Honorable Lorna Propes, oversaw multiple trials and even more pre-trial settlement hearings. As an officer of the court, Judge Propes acted as a facilitator of justice according to the laws of Cook County. As a clerk within her court, I was responsible for the intake and production of legal documents spanning from pre-trial motions such as discovery, motions in limone, as well as post-trial motions such as appeals. I coordinated with many lawyers in redistributing many of these legal documents.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Todd Huang '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Todd Huang, a member of the Class of 2019, is a geography and biochemistry major from Vancouver, Canada.

Todd is passionate about critical ethnic studies, Asian American studies, and urban geography. His thesis engages the complicated webs of real estate speculation, race, life, and neoliberalism. Todd's advisor is the Joan P. and Edward J. Foley Jr. 1933 Professor of Geography Mona Domosh.

On campus, Todd is involved in Asian/American Students for Action, the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, the Dartmouth Radical, and the Inter-Community Council. After Dartmouth, Todd intends to pursue a doctoral degree in geography to continue his studies in gentrification, race, and biopolitics.

Notes From the Field: Solomon Bang '19

Solomon Bang '19 interned at the Ajou Institute of Unification (AIU) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The Ajou Institute of Unification (AIU) is a think-tank based in Suwon, South Korea studying policies regarding North Korean development cooperation, Korean bilateral trade, and Korean reunification. As a member of the six institutions elected by the Ministry of Unification for DPRK education and research, AIU’s research specializes in closing the economic disparity between the two Koreas in order to prepare the peninsula for prospective unification.

Notes From the Field: Sam Gordon '19

Sam Gordon '19 interned at the New Hampshire Supreme Court with Justice James Bassett during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from his internship report.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court is the highest court in the state and its sole appellate court. Located it Concord, New Hampshire, it is made up of the Chief Justice and four Associate Justices appointed by the governor and Executive Council to serve during “good behavior” until retirement or the age of seventy. The duties of the Supreme Court include correcting errors in trial court proceedings, interpreting case law and statutes and the state and federal constitutions, as well as administration of the lower courts.

Notes From the Field: Makena Kauhane '19

Makena Kauhane'19 interned on Capitol Hill for the office of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) during the 2018 Summer Term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I had the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill for the office of Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). This internship allowed me to apply the knowledge I’ve developed through course work at Dartmouth to a number of legislative areas I had the opportunity to research. As a government major with a concentration in political theory, this internship was especially valuable as it offered me deeper insight into the inner workings of government structure and congressional procedure.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: AMELIA ALI '19

Amelia Ali '19 interned at the European Parliament during the 2018 fall term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This fall, I completed my internship at the European Parliament, the European Union's only directly-elected institution, where its 751 Members of Parliament (MEPs) represent each 28 European member countries. As a Robert Schuman Trainee, I assisted William Legge, who is the Earl of Dartmouth representing the South West England region and Gibraltar as an Independent MEP. He is a member of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy Group (EFDD), and he serves as the EFDD Group Coordinator for the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on International Trade.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD: EZEKIELLA CARLOS '19

Ezekiella Carlos '19 interned at the United Nations during the summer 2018 term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

This summer, I interned in the Department of Field Support (DFS) at the United Nations, which falls within the UN Secretariat at Headquarters. The Secretariat, one of the six major organs of the UN, includes the Secretary-General and all of the international staff who carry out the civil service function of the UN as mandated by the other organs such as the General Assembly or the Security Council. DFS works very closely with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations to ensure that the mandated peacekeeping and other operations run as smoothly and as effectively as possible. The specific role of DFS is to provide support – for example, in the form of air and ground transportation, accommodations and food for peacekeepers, or medical evacuations – to peace operations, including peacekeeping, special political, and other field missions.

Senior Honors Thesis Grant Recipient: Lucia Caballero Guiu '19

The Rockefeller Center Senior Honors Thesis Grants program provides funding of up to $1,000 for undergraduate students writing a senior honors thesis in the social sciences.

Lucía Caballero, a member of the Class of 2019, is pursuing a double major in Geography and Government. Her studies have focused on immigration and refugee rights, political geography, and social justice.

As a Venezuelan and Spanish dual citizen, Lucia has always had an interest in international issues, and her studies at Dartmouth have helped her narrow this interest down to focusing on feminist geopolitics and critical ethnic studies. Her senior honors thesis will seek to understand the border politics of Colombia and Venezuela, given the Venezuelan refugee crisis of the last couple of years. Lucia's advisor is Garnet Kindervater, a Lecturer in the Department of Geography.

Notes From the Field: Eliza Dekker '19

Eliza Dekker '19 interned at Union Kitchen during the 2018 summer term. The following is an excerpt from her internship report.

Union Kitchen is what is known as a Food Accelerator based in Washington, D.C. Their business model is unique, combining a shared kitchen, a distribution company, a grocery store chain, and a food business accelerator. Each arm of the Kitchen has built upon the last, each aiming to create an ecosystem for local food businesses to succeed. While 80% of startup food businesses fail within their first few years, the Accelerator has turned this number on its head with an 80% success rate.

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