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Meet Our 2014 Karel Fellows
Taylor Brandon spent her time as a Fellow at the Food Recovery Network, an organization that organizes college students to donate their surplus and unused food. At FRN Taylor provided communications support for the launch of Food Recovery Certified. Taylor is a recent graduate from DePaul University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising. Taylor is excited to relocate to Washington, D.C. and continue her studies in Public Interest Communications.
Eura Chang graduated from Macalester College with a double major in Political Science and Educational Studies and a minor in French & Francophone studies. She spent her 2015 summer doing policy research for an educational think-tank called Education Evolving in Saint Paul, MN. Eura will spend time in Senegal as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in the fall of 2015. Afterwards, she hopes to attend graduate school in education policy. During her summer as a Karel Fellow, Eura was hosted by DC Vote, an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to securing full voting representation in Congress for District residents.
Calvin Jackson graduated from Georgetown University and is currently finishing up a pathways fellowship with the National Park Service communications department. He is working as a National Park Liaison with the Latin American Youth Center. Calvin was hosted by Campaign for Youth Justice, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system.
Yoo-Jin Kang graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with her Bachelor of Arts in both Language and Cultural Studies and Interdisciplinary studies. She currently works as the Program Coordinator at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington D.C. and hopes to later pursue research that combines her interest in trauma, health, and culture-informed care. During her summer as a Karel Fellow, Yoo Jin worked with Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority, where she focused on children’s health and the impacts of child abuse on lifelong health.
Sivan Sherriffe graduated with a B.A in Journalism and Mass Communication from The George Washington University in May 2015. She then began working as a Marketing and Communications Specialist at Wilson Consulting Group, LLC in Washington, D.C. Sivan is has considered pursuing a Master’s Degree in public policy or public administration, but plans to work for a year or two before figuring out exactly what’s next. Sivan worked with Greenpeace, the largest independent direct-action environmental organization in the world.
Karen Vanegas is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland. She is pursuing a double major in Broadcast Journalism and Government and Politics. Currently, Karen is a policy intern at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She is a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar and her expected graduation date is May 2017. Karen was hosted by Mary’s Center, a nonprofit organization that has committed itself to saving lives and strengthening communities, one family at a time, through a holistic model that integrates medical, social, and educational services.
Elizabeth Tejeda was hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids during her summer as a Karel Fellow. The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world.