News from the Hilltop
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April 27, 2012
Birmingham-Southern College announces 2012 class of Hess Fellows
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Hess Center for Leadership and Service at Birmingham-Southern College has announced its 2012 class of Hess Fellows who will dedicate an academic year to exploring advocacy in a three-phased internship program that trains students to become advocates.
The 2012 Hess Fellows are (front row, from left) Ian Diament, Nino Yu Tiamco, Alex Lupo, Alex Hunsucker, Terri Ray, Kimber Reeves, Gabriela Sherrod, and James Randolph, coordinator of Leadership Studies; (back row, from left) Coty Lovelady, Rachel Morgan, Maulin Shah, Kent Andersen, director of the Hess Center for Leadership and Service, Jacquelyn Cox, Grace Elliott, and Nikki Wright. Not pictured is Melanie Robinson.
The 14 Birmingham-Southern students will spend eight weeks this summer working as full-time staff members at some of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations.
They will tackle a broad range of issues, including coordinating lobbying events on Capitol Hill, researching innovative ways to green downtown Birmingham, tracking the cross currents between political campaigns and advocacy initiatives, assisting with grant allocations, and building a comprehensive database of education policies in Alabama.
In its seventh year, the Hess Fellows Program consists of three phases. In addition to the summer advocacy internships, Hess Fellows are participating in five pre-internship seminars this spring to prepare them for their summer work. Upon returning to Birmingham-Southern for the 2012 academic year in August, each Fellow will design and implement an advocacy project on campus.
New agencies participating this year include the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham, Alabama Partnership for Children, and Human Rights First. Bread for the World and the YWCA of Central Alabama will be hosting BSC Hess Fellows for the seventh straight year.
The 2012 Hess Fellows are:
- Jacquelyn Cox, a junior theatre and political conflict and peace studies double major from Chattanooga, Tenn., who will work with Bread for the World in Washington, D.C.
- Ian Diament, a sophomore English major from New Orleans, La., who will work with Operation New Birmingham.
- Grace Elliott, a junior business major from Jasper, who will work with the Coalition on Human Needs in Washington, D.C.
- Alex Hunsucker, a junior biology major and Harrison Honors Scholar from Birmingham, who will work with Collaborative Solutions, Inc., in Birmingham.
- Coty Lovelady, a junior religion major from Montevallo, who will work with the GLIDE Foundation in San Francisco, Calif.
- Alex Lupo, a junior psychology major from Birmingham, who will work with the YWCA of Central Alabama in Birmingham.
- Rachel Morgan, a junior English major and Harrison Honors Scholar from Clinton, Miss., who will work with Human Rights First in Washington, D.C.
- Terri Ray, a sophomore economics major from Atlanta, Ga., who will work with the Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham.
- Kimber Reeves, a junior media and film studies major from Birmingham, who will work with the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York City.
- Melanie Robinson, a junior Spanish major from Bessemer, who will work with the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama in Birmingham.
- Maulin Shah, a sophomore chemistry major from Brentwood, Tenn., who will work with the National Alliance to End Homelessness in Washington, D.C.
- Gabriela Sherrod, a sophomore psychology major from Atlanta, Ga., who will work with the Alabama Poverty Project in Birmingham.
- Nikki Wright, a junior elementary education major from Pell City, who will work with VOICES for Alabama’s Children and the Alabama Partnership for Children in Montgomery.
- Nino Yu Tiamco, a junior mathematics major from Boaz, who will work with the A+ Education Partnership in Montgomery.
Hess Fellowships are supported by the Dixon Foundation, Ronne and Donald Hess, the Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation, and several private donors.