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Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship



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Community-Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL), through funding from the Engelhardt Family, supports U-M undergraduate students who propose projects co-designed with community partners that focus on social justice and serve under-resourced communities. Students are awarded the Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship for eight weeks, during which they continue working at their partner organizations and receive training and support from CEAL to develop their personal and professional goals and deepen their civic impact.

Current Fellows

Sara Cusack

Sara just finished up four years at U of M as a student in the Residential College and  received majors in Chinese studies and Cognitive Science and minors in Translation Studies and Community Action and Social Change. During her time here, Sara was part of the Semester in Detroit spring 2016 cohort, the Prison Creative Arts Project, The Quito Project, and The Divest and Invest Campaign. Through the Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship, Sara will be continuing her work with the Michigan Immigrant Right's Center where she has been interning for the past semester as a law clerk. When she is not at her internship this summer you can find Sara swimming in the Huron River, eating midnight pizza at backroom, obsessing over her new carrot sprouts or pouring lattes at Lab cafe. 

Hollyn Formosa

Hollyn Formosa majored in French and Francophone Studies and International and Comparative Studies. She also is an alumna of the Residential College and its Semester in Detroit (SiD) program. Her collaborative work with SiD fostered her relationship with the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) at Wayne State University, Law School.  Throughout Hollyn’s final year at U-M, the Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) provided the means for her to better articulate her passion and dedication to Community-Based Learning and equitable engagement with communities. 

Hollyn will continue to engage with the DEAL in its collaborative efforts with community partners to co-create materials for a series of panel discussions centered on the rapports between the Rebellion of 1967, the following resistance of Detroiters, and the community/ ies visioning of the City’s future in preparation for the municipal elections of November 2017.  Hollyn would especially love to show gratitude to CEAL and its staff, the SiD program, faculty, and staff, and the sponsors of the Engelhardt Fellowship at U-M.  Hollyn hopes to continue to engage while being self-aware, self-critical, and self-reflective.

Emily Kearns

Emily Kearns graduated this spring with a B.A. in American Culture with a focus on Latina/o Studies. She is also a trained doula and midwife's assistant and has attended births in home and hospital settings. The next step in her education will be to apply to medical schools in 2018 and eventually pursue a career in reproductive medicine. Through her work, Emily hopes to combat racial and economic health disparities which disproportionately impact women and children. As an Engelhardt Social Justice Fellow, Emily will be working in southwest Detroit at American Indian Health and Family Services in the maternal/infant home-visiting program. Over the course of the fellowship she will help to create a social support network for pregnant and postpartum families in Detroit, including warm lines, group therapy, and peer support groups.

Adam Mageed

Adam Mageed is a recent LSA graduate, having studied History and Social Theory & Practice.  He is passionate about advocacy and community empowerment, which underlay his involvement in the Muslim Students' Association, the Muslim Coalition, Alternative Spring Break as a Site Leader, and Michigan Housing as a Residential Advisor.  While taking a community-based course this past year, Adam served as an Organizing Intern at Michigan United.  Focusing on immigrants' rights, Adam canvassed Southwest Detroit as a member of Michigan United's Get-Out-The-Vote team as well as conducted research on immigrant integration programs in other states.  His time as an Engelhardt Fellow seeks to expand Michigan United's focus to other immigrant communities in southeast Michigan.  After taking some time off to pursue personal and professional growth, Adam intends to apply to law school.  He is interested in the intersection of Islamic law and American constitutional law, and after graduating Adam would like to pursue a career in civil rights litigation.  In his free time, Adam enjoys traveling, reading, exercise of all kinds, and sipping warm beverages.

Dana Pittman

Wolverine Pathways provides learning experiences that will aid in student success in college and future careers. If a student completes the program and is admitted to UM, they're also granted full tution. I will be working with four rising seniors to create their capstone project, a portfolio. This will geared towards employment and will feature a resume, letters of recommendation, and record of their grades. As these students are considered artist, it will feature some of their artwork, creative writing, and an artist statement. This project will prep them better for life past high school graduation.  

Laura Schinagle

Laura Schinagle graduated in April with a B.A. in Arabic and political science. With the Engelhardt Fellowship, she is able to continue working as a law clerk at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC). Laura hopes to work at a social justice organization before pursuing a career in law. She is excited to dedicate her spring to helping MIRC uphold its mission as a resource for the local immigrant community. 

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