Student Director of Post-Graduate Fellowships
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Molly Thornton '14
Major: Geography & Sociology
CSO: New York Legal Assistance Group in New York, NY
The mission of the New York Legal Assistance Group is to provide low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford attorneys with an array of legal services, including direct representation, case consultation advocacy, community education, and personal training. Molly will be directly working with LegalHealth, the division of NYLAG that partners with medical professionals to address the non-medical needs, such as securing housing or accessing special education services, of low-income New Yorkers with serious health problems. Molly will be involved in the community service aspect of LegalHealth, taking half-day trips to legal clinics, working on patient intake both on-site and over the phone, offering Spanish translation support, and following up on patient community resource needs. Molly has related experience working as a Health Services Intern at John Snow, Inc., a healthcare research and consulting firm, and is excited to expand her experience to the legal field. At Dartmouth, Molly is a Mentor with DREAM, a program invested in engaging youth in hands-on activities and recreation.
Yesha Maniar '14
CSO: Hip Hop Public Health in New York, NY
This winter, Yesha will serve with Hip Hop Public Health in NYC, an organization dedicated to to "reducing disparities through context-relevant, cost-effective, intergenerational educational interventions focused on disease prevention and health promotion." By working with both the Harlem Hospital Center and the Columbia University Medical Center, Hip Hop Public Health raises awareness among children regarding healthy living and nutrition and recognition of stroke symptoms. Yesha will be directly involved in this educational process by presenting at school programs and assemblies at different schools throughout Harlem on topics such as nutrition, stroke awareness, physical activity and Alzheimer's awareness. She will also lead Walking Clubs with seniors in Harlem and will facilitate focus groups with community members. Yesha has previous teaching and outreach experience through her experience as a Professional fundraiser at Grassroots Campaign, Inc. and through her role as a tutor at the Kumon Educational Institute. At Dartmouth, Yesha is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Engineering Department.
Taylor Johnson '14
Major: Religion and Psychology
CSO: ICEF Public Schools Rugby Program in Los Angeles, CA
ICEF Public Schools is a charter school organization in South Los Angeles that was begun to fill the dearth of high-achieving educational institutions in the inner city. The official mission statement of ICF schools is that all its students will attend and compete at the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation. The Rugby program within the ICEF Public Schools intertwines its programming with the larger ICEF mission by combining rugby clinics and tours with college visits and seminars. Taylor, an ICEF graduate and Dartmouth rugby player, will coach the middle and high school girls' rugby teams during their afterschool practices and assist in various other ICEF rugby activities, including academic enrichment trips, college counseling, and college tours. At Dartmouth, Taylor is a member of the Dartmouth Gospel Choir and a Reference Desk Assistant at the Rauner Special Collections Library.
Lipsa Panda '14
Major: Biology & English
CSO: Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights in Boston, MA
Lipsa will spend the winter term volunteering with The Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights, an organization that works with refugees, survivors of torture and asylum seekers to help them navigate public healthcare and aid in patient rehabilitation. The Center's clients are usually people who have suffered from tremendous emotional and physical stresses as well as victims of torture and sexual abuse that have developed PTSD and depression. Lipsa will work directly with refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of torture in supporting the organization's mission to help provide these refugees with healthcare ranging from mental and therapeutic support to medical support. She will work as a patient navigator, working with clients to provide them with information and tools to understand and utilize the healthcare system and their healthcare rights. She will also assist with research, conducting a systematic evaluation of the program to adjust the program to better meet client needs. At Dartmouth, Lipsa is a Radio Show Host at 99Rock, the local radio station, and also a Biology/English tutor at the Tutor Clearinghouse.
Talia Weiss '14
CSO: National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Chicago, IL
Talia will work this winter with the Chicago branch of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, an organization which aims to help individuals affected by MS by funding research, driving change through advocacy, facilitation education, and providing services and programs to help them overcome their challenges and to lead rewarding lives. The National MS Society serves to combat MS from the individual level up through the legislative level. As an intern, Talia will be volunteering through the MS Ambassador Program by working with speakers who suffer with MS and helping them find speaking opportunities within the community. Additionally, Talia will use her Spanish language skills to help initiate outreach to Hispanic communities in the Chicago area, who until recently have not had access to MS resources in Spanish. This experience at the MS Society will allow Talia to build on her previous experience as a Memory Café volunteer, where she worked with Alzheimer's patients and their families. At Dartmouth, Talia is a Computer Services Consultant at the Information Technology Center and involved with the Hillel board.
Lucia Qian '14
Major: Biology & Psychology
CSO: New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA
The New England Baptist Hospital is a medical-surgical hospital that is committed to providing high quality care to the economically-disadvantage Mission Hill neighborhood. NE Baptist specializes in orthopedic procedures and musculoskeletal disorders, while also attending to a variety of other medical specialties, including hematology, oncology, cardiology, and primary care. At the hospital, Lucia will be directly interacting with patients who are experiencing common problem, such as hypertension arthritis, and heart disease. She will be involved in admitting and releasing patients and facilitating communication between doctors and patients. Lucia will also support community health initiatives focusing on health education and prevention programs in the surround Mission Hill community. She hopes to pursue medicine after graduation, and she sees this opportunity as way to "experience the inner workings of a hospital on a deeper level, while necessitating interactions with people who come from all kinds of backgrounds." At Dartmouth, Lucia is a Research Assistant at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and a Chemistry Tutor at the Tutor Clearinghouse.
Jessica Valles '15
Major: Latino American, Latino and Caribbean Studies, minor in Education
CSO: Alliance College-Ready Public Schools in Los Angeles, CA
This winter Jessica will work at Stern Math and Science School to support college-access and alumni-relations for high school seniors and recent graduates. Stern MASS is partnered with Alliance College Ready Public Schools, which cater to the East Los Angeles region, a predominantly Latino community of families from low socio-economic backgrounds. It serves as an academic alternative to the three main neighboring high schools, which experience overcrowding and exhibit low academic performance. Jessica's role at Stern MASS will be to facilitate communication with seniors to identity gaps in knowledge and other issues that can make their transition from high school to college difficult. She will help provide students with the resources to successfully apply and be accepted at four-year colleges and ensure college enrollment. She will also work with alumni to help support them while they are at college or if they are interested in applying for the first time. At Dartmouth, Jessica was a Freshmen Representative for La Alianza Latina and a Mentor for the Latin@ Partnership for Success Program.
Last Updated: 5/16/13