Our 2017-18 Fellows are:
Maria Fabrizio is a senior from Grand Rapids studying political science and international studies. Maria has been in leadership for her professional fraternity, as well as a staff writer for the Michigan Journal of International Affairs. Most notably, in the summer of 2016, Maria worked as an in-house consultant and research associate with the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (a Latin American think-tank) in Washington, D.C. Maria has dedicated her undergraduate education to learning about how countries, individuals, and institutions engage in and experience violence and peace. She is interested in united people of different backgrounds in the name of public service and peace. She'll be working with the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.
Candice Miller is a senior studying neuroscience from River Rouge, MI. Candice has served as an academic coach for the Comprehensive Studies Program and has been actively engaged with the Michigan Community Scholars Program, a learning committee focused on service and social change. Most notably, Candice had an internship in the summer of 2016 focused on promoting health and wellness at the Friends of Parkside organization. Candice will be working with Food Gatherers, and is excited to explore more about food and its relation to other social issues in our communities.
Lakyrra Magee is a senior studying social theory and practice and women’s studies. Lakyrra is a co-founder of the Students4Justice organization on campus and named a 2017 Feminist Practice Award recipient from the Women’s Studies Department. She also completed a legislative and legal internship with the ACLU during the summer of 2016, and most recently worked with the African American Policy Forum on zero-tolerance policies. Lakyrra will be working with the Student Advocacy Center and is very interested in how to address educational inequity, especially policies that disproportionately affect kids of Color.
Chandani Wiersba is a senior from Saline studying public policy with a focus on sexuality and sexual health policy. Chandani works with the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives and Yoni Ki Baat, a social justice organization for Women of Color. In the summer of 2016, she completed an internship for the campaign for Michigan State Representative Stephanie Chang. Chandani sees the importance of promoting residents’ participation in the civic process, and is excited to contribute to making Ann Arbor a city of engaged, educated residents where real social change happens. Chandani will be working with CivCity.
Katty Wu is a senior from New York studying cellular and molecular biology. She is in leadership roles for the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU), the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), and Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Katty is also currently engaged in research at the University. Her passion for educational resources is rooted in her own experiences as the child of immigrants, and is excited to work with an organization that is structured to provide resources and support for local families and children. Katty will be working with the Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative.
Lauren Schandevel is a junior from Warren studying public policy. She works as the communications director for the College Democrats at UM and is a board member on the City of Warren’s Cultural Commission. Lauren also found Collaborative Learning Across Socioeconomic Statuses (C.L.A.S.S.), a student organization that raises awareness of class-related issues. Recently, she completed an internship with a Congressional campaign and was a writer for The Michigan Daily. Lauren believes that access to affordable housing is a civil rights issue, especially in Ann Arbor, and is excited to learn more about what policies, programs, and initiatives address homelessness and poverty. She'll be working with the Washtenaw Housing Alliance.