This year's recipients include an internship for Katharine Bruce at United High Commissioner for Refugees and Maryann Thompson's research on women's leadership style, among various others.
Rachelle Bourdreaux – The Amistad Research Center ($600)
Haley Burns – Fellowship with Community Water Solutions in Ghana ($800)
Laura Garcia – Mama Maji ($600)
Manuela has stayed active in the community through her involvement with various organizations. She has been the host of Epoca Verde, a worldwide radio show where she has educated others and provided options that encourage sustainable living through the non-profit Build a Better Planet. Manuela has mentored with Puentes|LatiNOLA where she helped promote the engagement, cultural awareness, and civic participation among the city’s Latinos. Equally important, she helped collect data for Girls in STEM at Tulane, a great science outreach program run here on campus. Finally, she has been actively involved with The Desmond Project for the past 2 years. The mission of The Desmond Project is to serve anyone and everyone who is hungry in New Orleans. The organization helps feed hundreds of people living on the streets by serving meals at The New Orleans Mission homeless shelter.
Becca has been involved in a number of environmental and service organizations at Tulane and in the New Orleans community. She has served as Vice President of Tulane Green Club and is Co-President of The Hope Gardens Project, an urban farming and social justice initiative. She also works at the Center for Public Service as a Service Learning Assistant, and leads outdoor trips for Tulane Outdoor Adventures.
Upon learning about the LGBTQIA community at Tulane, Sherrill immediately got involved in promoting campus visibility and education through working with the Queer Student Alliance. After not finding a community with students who too often ignored the needs and unique experiences of queer students of color, Sherrill became president of The Queer-Feminist Collective then later joined Gamma Rho Lambda LGBT+ and Multicultural National Sorority which introduced her to the work of BreakOUT!, a local nonprofit organization working to end criminalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in New Orleans. Gamma Rho Lambda also presented other great community service opportunities such as working with the NO AIDS task force, an organization dedicated to providing service for those affected by HIV/AIDS all over New Orleans. With learning key leadership skills through Gamma Rho Lambda, Sherrill joined newly founded organization Finding Intersectionality Together to create a space for queer and multicultural students to bridge the gap between multifaceted identities and the pressures of measuring up to the Tulane student experience.
Sarah is committed to the success of the Tulane and New Orleans community she has served for the past four years. She currently works as a Curatorial Intern at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, she spent one summer interning in the Education Department of the World War II Museum, and she logged many hours tutoring students in improving their reading and writing skills. Her favorite volunteering experience was listening to community members share their stories during the Anba Dlo celebration of life, love, and survival in New Orleans. On campus, if you worked out during the month of March, you could see Sarah recognized as Employee of the Month at Reily.
Alison has served as the Secretary and is the current Treasurer of Amnesty International at Tulane, and has participated in various marches and written letters on behalf of human rights abuse victims. Alison is also a founding senator of the School of Liberal Arts Government; she has since served as the Secretary and Vice President, and wrote a piece of legislation that will increase the printing allowance for students starting next fall. In addition, Alison works as a Service Learning Assistant at the Center for Public Service and has managed the French service learning program. Alison has also served as a Newcomb Big twice, as Project Coordinator for Outreach Tulane, and as an Orientation Coordinator for Welcome Week.
Fatima has been involved with the Center for Public Service as an SLA, CEA, and Advisory Board member. By working with the Center for Public Service, she understands the value of service that Tulane promotes and has gotten to know the New Orleans community by volunteering at La Semilla with GENTE and with her Delta Xi Nu sorority sisters at various sites around the city. She also understands the importance of being a role model for others and has been a mentor for the Office of Multicultural Affairs to guide incoming students of underrepresented backgrounds.
Jordan has been an active participant in the Tulane and New Orleans communities. Jordan served as a Public Service Fellow and Senior Debate Coach with the Tulane Debate Society at both Benjamin Banneker and Crocker Charter Schools. As president of the African American Women's Society, Jordan has maintained the relationship between AAWS and Project Butterfly New Orleans through fundraising, programming, and mentoring. In addition to these continual roles, Jordan is a frequent volunteer with Second Harvest Food Bank, Apex Youth Center, and the Delta GEMS mentoring program.
Natasha has worked with many communities at Tulane and in New Orleans during her time at Tulane. She was specifically interested in building relationships between Tulane students and the elderly community and created the organization Bridging Generations to foster this connection. Further, she worked to develop programs to inspire and engage students K-12 to develop a passion and love for science through the Tulane University Neuroscience Association (TUNA). Finally, after being exposed to struggles concerning mental health on Tulane's campus, she worked with students in TUNA and the National Alliance for Mental Health to organize the inaugural Celebrate Mental Health Festival this spring.
Lina will graduate with degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology and English. Her research has taken her from the Louisiana swamps, in search of coastal restoration tools, to a New Orleans craft brewery. Dedicated to promoting scientific interest, Lina writes for the environmental news site mongabay.com. She has also led workshops for Tulane's Girls in Science and Technology program, and tutored at New Orleans Charter Math and Science High School.
Bria’s time at Tulane has been greatly shaped by her involvement with public service. Through involvement with the Community Engagement Advocates, Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Middle American Research Institute, she has gained an understanding of outreach and service that she will carry with her throughout her future endeavors. She is excited to take these skills with her to Bulgaria in the fall, where she has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English.