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Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship

Program Details:

The office of Community Engaged Academic Learning, with support from the Engelhardt Family Fund, invites you to join us as we work toward social justice across southeast Michigan. This year the ESJF will support six undergraduate students from UM and Henry Ford College who will propose projects with organizations that they identify as partners.

The fellowship is comprised of:

  1. An internship based on a well-developed work plan
  2. Continual and critical reflection activities
  3. Professional development workshops and cohort networking

The fellowship experience is an 8-week, paid internship that will take place from May 7 to June 28.  Engelhardt Fellows will receive a stipend of $5,000. Applicants in need of additional financial assistance are encouraged to apply for the LSA Internship Scholarship, which provides up to $5,000 to LSA students with demonstrated financial need. Applications for the LSA Internship open at the beginning Winter semester, close in the Spring semester and are considered on a semi-rolling basis.

Eligible Students Must:

❏ Be an undergraduate enrolled in good academic standing in a degree program in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts or Henry Ford College.  

 ❏ Have participated in at least one community-centered experience (a community-based learning course or program, a robust volunteer experience, a GIEU course or community-centered internship, etc.)

❏ Work with a community organization in southeast Michigan to co-create the project proposal.

❏ Have a strong commitment to social justice issues.

❏ Be available for the full duration of the fellowship.

* Engelhardt 2019.pdf
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2018 Engelhardt Social Justice Fellows:

Byron D. Brooks

Byron D. Brooks is a native of Detroit, MI. Byron graduated with an associate in Music and Certification in Recording Arts from Henry Ford College. During Byron's first term at HFC he became homeless but he did not allow that to stop him from pursuing his education. While attending HFC, Byron has been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society, been elected as the President of the Student Body, became a Founding member of the school's Diversity Task Force, created study sessions for students, sat on the presidential search committee, and received the 2018 distinguished Leader award.

Byron was licensed as a minister of the gospel at his home church and is currently a volunteer at Be-Moor Radio, a youth-ran radio station in the Brightmoor community in Detroit. His main passion in life is to be a voice for the voiceless and build up communities that do not receive the support or resources they need. Byron's goal in life is to have a "Youth Artist Development Center'' for at-risk youth that seeks opportunities within the mainstream music industry. He currently is the owner of his own record label, "Byron D. Brooks Enterprise LLC" and makes music under the alias, MoSoul. He believes that hip-hop can have a positive influence on society and prides himself on creating positive Hip-Hop. Byron will be attending Ferris State University in the Fall of 2018, pursuing a degree in Music Industry Management. 

Nesreen Ezzeddine

Nesreen Ezzeddine is a political science major and is interested in studying the intersections of identity, politics, and social justice. As student government president, she led a school-wide water drive to help residents affected by the Flint water crisis. She is also a youth advisor for a group called ACCESS ACTS, a group of high-school kids committed to advocacy and civic engagement. This semester, she worked on completing a research project regarding the ethnic and political divides within the Arab American community. To her, answering the question of who or what are a people is necessary to explore identity, conflict, and social change in relation to one’s local, national, and international community. When she is not busy volunteering, studying, or having her nose in a book, she likes to go on many adventures including skydiving, zip-lining, and rock climbing. She is committed to the hard task of figuring out how to best pursue social justice in a diverse society.

Kyra Hudson

Kyra Hudson is a rising senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Political Science. Kyra is passionate about community work and community empowerment and has spent the past two summers feeding those passions through her roles as the Community Engagement Coordinator for Brilliant Detroit and Community Assessment Intern for Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services. Kyra has been an active member of the University community, working to promote and improve diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus through her involvement in the Michigan Community Scholars Program; her work as the Program Assistant for the Program on Intergroup Relations; her involvement in the Student Advisory Group on Engagement; and her internship with the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts as the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Culture Intern. As an Engelhardt Social Justice Fellow, Kyra will be continuing her work with Brilliant Detroit in a new capacity as the Project Manager for Brilliant Detroit’s work on Detroit’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Stina Perkins

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Kristina (Stina) Perkins is a 2018 graduate from the University of Michigan with degrees in Women’s Studies, American Culture, and Writing. While at Michigan, Stina worked as a publications intern for the National Endowment for the Humanities, a docent at University of Michigan’s Natural History Museum, and an editor for What The F, a feminist literary magazine on campus. CEAL's Engelhardt Social Justice Fellowship allows Stina to build upon four years of sustained engagement with the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP), where she has previously volunteered as a research assistant, completed coursework on the sociopolitics of mass incarceration, and facilitated theatre and creative writing workshops in the Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti. As a Fellow, Stina will lead a series of program implementation, evaluation, and development initiatives, working with PCAP administrators to increase the scope and efficacy of PCAP programming while pursuing her passion for arts-based restorative justice.

Keirra Scott

Keirra Scott is a Henry Ford College, General Studies AA graduate with aspirations of majoring in economics at LSA. She is passionate about positively impacting educational experiences within inner city communities; especially, Flint and Detroit. She believes she can achieve her goal in collaborating with the New Evolution Educational Center and the Black males and QUEENS focus group, to host book drives, water drives, educational workshops, and interactive learning activities. She believes positive impactful learning experiences are key components to a more educationally motivated body of students. In her free time, Keirra is a plumbing apprentice who doesn't mind getting her hands dirty, and a Girls Scouts of America parent volunteer.

Lyndsey Van

Lyndsey is an upcoming senior from Macomb, Michigan. She is double majoring in Psycholgoy and Gender and Health, and minoring in Science, Technology, and Society. After undergrad, she hopes to continue her education and go to graduate school for a master's in Public Health. This summer for ESJF, Lyndsey will be at SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor, interning in resource development as well as continuing to volunteer for the shelter and helpline.