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June 17, 2013

Birmingham-Southern College announces 2013 class of Hess Fellows

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Hess Center for Leadership and Service at Birmingham-Southern has announced its 2013 class of Hess Fellows who will dedicate an academic year to exploring advocacy for social justice in a three-phased training and internship program.

Birmingham-Southern College announces 2013 class of Hess Fellows
Pictured on front row (from left): Chandler Grace Terry, Katie Green, Hope Lloyd, Joe Moultrie, Samantha Bisese, and Liz Wallace; second row (from left): Hess Center Director Kent Andersen, Peter Raffanti, Catie Gilliland, Susan Tuberville, and Eman Abboud; back row (from left): Will Fagan, Jenny Lewis, Joe Stanford, and Leadership Studies Coordinator James Randolph. Not pictured are Taylor Bain, who is studying abroad in Japan, and Jennie Phillips, Bunting/Hess Center assistant.

The 14 BSC students will spend eight weeks this summer working as full-time staff members at leading advocacy organizations in Birmingham, Montgomery, San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

They will tackle a broad range of issues, including coordinating lobbying events on Capitol Hill, building a retail development plan for downtown Birmingham, launching statewide communication programs on affordable housing, and developing publications to help educate immigrant youth on ways to become involved in the community.

Now in its eighth year, the Hess Fellows Program consists of three phases. In addition to the summer advocacy internships, Hess Fellows participate in pre-internship seminars in the spring to prepare them for their summer work. Upon returning to the college in August for the 2013-14 academic year, each Fellow will educate the campus community on advocacy.

New agencies participating this year include Alabama Appleseed in Montgomery, Collat Jewish Family Services in Birmingham, and the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C. Notably, Bread for the World and YWCA Central Alabama will be hosting BSC Hess Fellows for the eighth straight year.

The 2013 Hess Fellows are:

  • Eman Abboud, a junior international studies and political science double major from Birmingham, who will work with the William J. Clinton Foundation in New York City.
  • Taylor Bain, a junior Asian studies and history double major and Harrison Honors Scholar from Panama City, Fla., who will work with Alabama Appleseed in Montgomery.
  • Samantha Bisese, a junior English major from Huntersville, N.C., who will work with the Alabama Poverty Project in Birmingham.
  • William Fagan, a sophomore business major from Trussville, Ala., who will work with REV Birmingham.
  • Catherine Gilliland, a junior English major from River Ridge, La., who will work with Collat Jewish Family Services in Birmingham.
  • Kaitlyn Green, a junior political science major and Harrison Honors Scholar with a Distinction in Leadership Studies from Birmingham, who will work with the A+ Education Partnership in Montgomery.
  • Jennifer Lewis, a junior political science and history interdisciplinary major from Montgomery, who will work with the National Alliance to End Homelessness in Washington, D.C.
  • Hope Lloyd, a junior religion major and Harrison Honors Scholar from Russellville, Ala., who will work with YWCA Central Alabama in Birmingham.
  • Joseph Moultrie, a junior education major from Birmingham, who will work with the Low-Income Housing Coalition of Alabama in Birmingham.
  • Peter Raffanti, a junior international studies major with a concentration in business from Brentwood, Tenn., who will work with the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama in Birmingham.
  • Joseph Stanford, a junior urban environmental studies major from Russellville, Ala., who will work with the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C.
  • Chandler Grace Terry, a sophomore economics major with a Distinction in Leadership Studies from Plano, Texas, who will work with the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C.
  • Susan Tuberville, a junior art education major and Harrison Honors Scholar from Germantown, Tenn., who will work with the Glide Foundation in San Francisco.
  • Elizabeth Wallace, a junior psychology major and Harrison Honors Scholar from Birmingham, who will work with Bread for the World in Washington, D.C.

Hess Fellowships are supported by the Dixon Foundation, Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation, Ronne and Donald Hess, the Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation, and several private donors.

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.

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