The Karel Fellowship has been around since 2012. Here’s a quick look at what our most recent class of Fellows has been up to.
Jeanette Alcaraz moved from Mexico to the United States in 1999 and immediately embarked upon a dedicated path to academic success. After graduating from Pima Community College, she enrolled at the University of Arizona where she obtained her Bachelors in business management. Jeanette was one of two Jack Kent Cooke Scholars in the 2016 Karel cohort.
For the 2016 summer, Jeanette was matched with GreenLatinos, a national nonprofit that develops and advocates for policies addressing national, regional and local environmental issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community. While at Green Latinos, Jeanette managed several social media accounts and helped coordinate a forum on emerging environmental threats to Latino communities at the League of UnitedLatin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention.
After graduating, Jeanette moved to San Francisco and is now a Student Coordinator at Clinica de La Raza, a sophisticated health care center whose mission is to improve the quality of life of the communities it serves by providing culturally appropriate, high quality, and accessible health care for all.
Adrian Cibran describes himself as an “eccentric, curious and life-loving geek.” Born in Miami, Adrian traveled north to Gainesville for school where he studies public relations at the University of Florida. While at Florida, Adrian has immersed himself in the world of public interest communications in a variety of ways, including working as a volunteer for the frank conference.
For the 2016 summer, Adrian was paired with Amnesty International USA. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, Amnesty International unites people from all over the world using research, action and advocacy. For more than 50 years, it has offered hope to neglected populations, and has campaigned with innovation and determination for justice. While at Amnesty, Adrian helped support the organization’s media strategy by drafting content for social media and creating targeted media lists.
Karen Franco is a senior politics major at Princeton University. For her fellowship, Karen was placed at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, an advocacy organization working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences in the United States and around the world.
During her fellowship, Karen helped plan the Youth Advocacy Symposium, a week-long training for high school students who have demonstrated leadership in fighting tobacco in their communities. The summer after completing her fellowship, Karen interned for the City of Los Angeles!
Luisa Guaracao is a public relations and Portuguese double major at the University of Florida. For the 2016 summer, Luisa was matched with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition dedicated to promoting and protecting civil and human rights in the United States.
During her time at the Leadership Conference, Luisa worked closely with the press secretary to coordinate the press roll out for a study that analyzed police body worn camera policies in 50 states. The roll out ended up being a huge success. They got over 100 stories published in local and national outlets and Luisa even got to do her first TV interview with Telemundo! Luisa was one of the two Fellows that was invited to give a talk at frank about her experience as a Karel Fellow. You can watch her talk here.
Luisa’s fellowship experience as well as her involvement with the frank conference at UF, have inspired her to pursue career in public interest communications. Upon graduating in December, Luisa will be joining the Karel staff team as the program manager!
Sean Mock studied political science at Macalester College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For his fellowship, Sean was matched with The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). The CBPP is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that pursues federal and state policies designed to both reduce poverty and inequality and to restore fiscal responsibility in equitable and effective ways. While at CBPP, Sean pitched stories to journalists, analyzed media citations and social media engagement, and drafted content for the CBPP’s blog.
The summer after his fellowship, Sean interned at the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. He is now a Project Funding Coordinator at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity!
Emmanuel Oyalabu is from Springfield Gardens, New York, and attends Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Majoring in public health, Emmanuel has taken a keen interest in the field of medicine, and more broadly, the care and services available to underrepresented populations. At school, Emmanuel is a member of I.M.P.A.C.T. – an all-male group striving to leave a positive impression on their community.
For the 2016 summer, Emmanuel was matched with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). WWF is a global organization, working to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on earth. While at WWF, Emmanuel developed a marketing collateral for events and helped facilitate workshops with community leaders.
The summer after his fellowship, Emmanuel volunteered for NYU Langone Health, a world-class integrated academic medical center!
Jaquelin Salg is an American studies major at Franklin and Marshall College – originally from New Haven, Connecticut. While in high school, Jaquelin established an organization that helped families struggling to meet their food needs. The idea was to fill backpacks with canned and nonperishable foods for struggling students to pick up each Friday or before extended breaks.
Appropriately, Jaquelin was assigned to work with Martha’s Table. For decades, Martha’s Table has provided an array of services to Washington, D.C. residents and their families. What began in 1979 as a safe place for neighborhood children to eat and learn after school has blossomed into an organization that offers access to food, education and opportunity for children and families. While at Martha’s Table, Jaquelin was in charge of developing a campaign to get 30,000+ sandwiches to meet the food donation gap in the summer. The campaign ended up being a huge success. With help from her team, she was able to get 5,000 sandwiches in just ONE weekend! Jaquelin was one of the two Fellows invited to give a talk at frank about her experience as a Karel Fellow. You can watch her talk here.
During her last semester at F&M, Jaquelin did an independent study course on public interest communications with the president of the college! She will be graduating in December and plans to pursue a career in PIC or government.
Kimberly Sanford attends Harvard College, majoring in studies of women, gender and sexuality, with a minor in government. She is a proud first-generation college student who is committed to helping the next generation overcome challenges however she can. At Harvard, Kimberly serves as a full-time mentor for the Crimson Summer Academy, which helps low-income Boston students navigate the college admissions process. Kimberly is also a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar.
For her fellowship, Kimberly was paired with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). NRDC works to safeguard the earth – its people, its plant and animals, and the natural system on which all life depends. NRDC strives to ensure the rights of all people to air, water and the wild.
Gislene Tasayco received her Associate’s Degree from Montgomery College in May 2016, and has since transferred to Trinity Washington University, where she’s studying political science. Gislene is passionate about a number of issues, but has dedicated the most time to the fight for women’s rights. Frustrated by the lack of diversity in the feminist movement, she launched SHIFT, an organization that encourages an inclusive approach to more accurately represent all of the voices of the feminist movement.
Gislene was paired with the Polaris Project. A leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery, Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Its comprehensive model helps survivors restore their freedom, prevents more victims, and leverages data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. While at Polaris, Gislene helped draft social media content and played a big role in reviewing and editing a research report on sex trafficking from Mexico.
Gislene is now the Site Director of Dream Academy, a comprehensive, high-quality after-school program that provides opportunities for academic and recreational enrichment!