Meet the 2011 Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellows
Former Director of Education in the Black Student Union, standing president and co-founder of the East African Student Union, and resident assistant of the Black Scholars Hall; organized a student initiated outreach program mentoring high school students from the inner cities of Los Angeles; fluent in Amharic and Tigrigna.
Member of the Peer Review Authority, College Honor Board, College Review Board, and Dean search committee; student coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and resident advisor at Lewis & Clark College; also a paralegal intern with the Northwest Justice Project; enjoys conveying the human condition and experience through slam poetry.
Kevin Beckford | Vineland, NJ
• Undergraduate college and major: Yale University, African American Studies, minor in Political Science
• Prospective Certification Area: English or Social Studies/History
Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow, and Foreign Language and Areas Studies Fellow at Yale University; also president of the NAACP Chapter at Yale University and assistant to the Yale Intercultural Affairs Council; was formerly employed as a policy research intern for Ugandan Parliament, and plans to volunteer for the United African Alliance Community Center in Arusha, Tanzania, May-June 2011.
Richard Rubin Scholar and associate at the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers; interned and mentored with Healthy Youth Peer Education in Allentown, PA; co-Coordinator for Dare 2 Soar at Columbus Elementary School; also co-founded Powerful Young Writers Literary Magazine.
Institute Scholar for Education Policy for the Institute for Responsible Citizenship at American University; research intern with the U.S. Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions at the Education Policy Office under Senator Edward M. Kennedy; tutored middle and high school students in mathematics, and taught adult courses in preparation for GED testing; summer resident project coordinator and youth counselor for World Impact Oakland, Inc.; also volunteers with the Springfield Homeless Project.
Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Dean’s List student; actively involved with the Lea School as a volunteer for the Philadelphia Freedom Schools; also a committee member and mentor for the Community School Student Partnerships; interned with the Public Defender’s Internship Program in Stroudsburg, PA, and is writing her senior thesis on “Aging Out of the Foster Care System in Philadelphia”.
Kareen Misha Chua | Concord, CA
• Undergraduate college and major: University of California, Santa Barbara, Linguistics, minor in Education
• Prospective Certification Area: English as a Second Language
Dean’s List student; involved in a pre-professional capacity with an English Language Learners classroom, and previously volunteered in an elementary school classroom helping students with math and reading skills; currently employed as a student assistant cataloger in the Special Projects Unit at Davidson Library on campus.
Benjamin Gilman Institute for International Education Scholar and Ernestine Baylor-Walker Spelman Institutional Scholarship recipient; has experience as a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher at Sacramento Country Day School through Breakthrough Sacramento; completed research on contemporary issues of Beijing at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China.
Received Evelyn Reisman International Teaching and Research Award for summer research in Bamako, Mali on the power of performative traditions to provoke social change; and was awarded an ATT New Media Fellowship to facilitate “problem-posing” and “socially liberating” engagement in the performing and visual arts, to showcase transnational collaboration through multimedia/performance art in West Africa; active with the Breakthrough Collaborative in Texas, Rhode Island, and at the National Office; also taught and interned at M Score English Institute in Seoul, South Korea and taught English in Doumanzana, Mali.
Actively serves as a resident assistant, Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentor, Campus Interactive Theatre Project president and founder, member of the Student Conduct Committee, and member of the Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Program Advisory Council; enjoys teaching theater to younger children, and used theatrical technique to teach academic content to elementary students through a class called Creative Dramatics.
Studied urban policy and sustainable development in Brazil, South Africa, and Vietnam; researched and analyzed spatial segregation and social mobility in New York, Sao Paulo, Cape Town, and Hanoi; previously a Domestic Policy Council intern at the White House; program coordinator, instructor and Wellesley college volunteer director for Mission Hill After School Program; also trained in modern and classical dance for 15 years .
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar; tutors middle-school age resettled Somali-Bantu and Burmese refugees, and serves as business manager for Keep It Real ; also a College After School Team tutor and mentor at Peabody High School.
Studied abroad in Southern Mexico and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in German; serves as a tutor at North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School in Chicago, and previously interned at the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic through the Summer Links Program.
Gabriela Hernandez | San Francisco, CA
• Undergraduate college and major: Williams College, Art History, minor in African American Studies
• Prospective Certification Area: Social Studies or Foreign Language
Interned with the Breakthrough Collaborative; tutored at Williamstown Elementary School; acted as class dean, as well as a Spanish and dance teacher for Breakthrough San Francisco UHS; also served as a public relations intern at Williams College Museum of Art, and an artists gallery intern at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Dean’s List student; volunteers in son’s elementary school classroom; loves books, is fascinated by electronic media, and looks forward to enriching the student experience with these tools; also an active member and 2010 most valuable player of the Maine Roller Derby.
Resident assistant at Boston College for two years; prepared rising seniors for advanced placement Calculus courses at Andover Academy; also served as a substitute math teacher at Hanover High School; worked with the Ailey Camp in Boston – a dance camp for students in impoverished neighborhoods; ran in the Boston Marathon and half-marathon.
Studied Explorations in Social Justice in Bangalore, India; fluent in Mandarin and conversational in Cantonese; interned at Washington Global Health Alliance, and served as a communications assistant and intern for University of Washington’s (UW) Department of Global Health; an active classroom volunteer and community supporter for Cleveland High School in Seattle, as well as a mentor for the Dream Project – a high school outreach program – at UW in Seattle.
Student coordinator for the Chicano Hispano Student Affairs and MERITS student coordinator; regular volunteer at Liberty Elementary School, and former Mentor of the Year with Project SOAR; also an avid dancer from ballroom to African style.
English tutor for Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain; camp counselor and tutor at Williamstown Youth Center, as well as a tutor for area schools; acted as an interpreter and consultant for Williams College VISTA.
Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Dean’s List student; law intern with Union County Council, and also interned as a research assistant at Abundant Life Clinic; active Executive Board Member for Rahway Local Organizing Committee; previously tutored at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science, and currently tutors at the Oak Hill Youth Detention Center.
Interned at the U.S. Senate Office in Newark; volunteered at a Montclair school and also spoke on college day about the importance of an education; actively coordinates soup kitchen events and clothing drives.
Peer tutor and intern for the University of Pittsburgh Writing Center; undergraduate teaching assistant; recently presented “Sailing in the Sciences: The Trouble Tutors Face When Speaking to Students from Foreign Fields,” at the International Writing Centers Association-National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing conference.
Dean’s List student; after school program assistant for elementary school students with the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, and former assistant for Carter G. Woodson Middle School; Summer Links intern for Chicago International Charter School; community service member for Performing Arts for Effective Civic Education; played varsity women’s basketball for the University of Chicago, and is an active volunteer basketball coach and coordinator for National Coaching Fellows.
Art instructor at Howard Community College, teaching “manga for students,” Japanese comic drawing and writing; freelance graphic designer and illustrator; served four years in the United States Marine Corps and was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Medal of Heroism for saving a fellow Marine’s life.
Researched the public school experiences of males of color as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow; also a Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholar, Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program participant at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a public school intern in New Haven, CT; has also served as an Urban Education Institute Research intern and participated in Children’s Defense Fund Young Adult Leadership Training; a member of the Cornell Women’s Club Soccer Team, and vice president of the Phenomenon Step Team.