2019 We Act Grant Recipients

CLAREMONT, California - May 30, 2019

The Laspa Center for Leadership has announced six We Act grant recipients for 2019. Established to facilitate leadership development through experiential learning, these grants of up to $4,000 enable Scripps students to execute self-designed social benefit projects. Grantees learn to incorporate creative and effective problem solving and establish community partnerships to produce a positive impact on society.

“We are excited to support students who are partnering with organizations overseas, nationally, and right here in our own backyard,” says Vicki Klopsch, executive director of the Laspa Center for Leadership. Grant recipients will be traveling to Washington, D.C., New York, Thailand, Botswana, and throughout California to implement their projects. For more about the We Act grants, click here.

Erin Delany ’20 Major: Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies Partner Organization: The Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, D.C. Erin will be partnering with the Corporation for National and Community Service to educate Millennials and Gen Z-ers about the benefits and experience of AmeriCorps programs. She will focus on outreach efforts to Spanish-speaking communities in particular. “I hope to address the challenges that the Corporation for National and Community Service has faced in garnering Millennial and Gen-Z interest in national service by curating fresh and relevant social media marketing strategies that target and engage potential AmeriCorps members and partnering with domestic news outlets to promote AmeriCorps activities. I will also help to produce a reliable collection of Spanish-language AmeriCorps material for distribution within Latinx communities.”
Andrea Flores ’21 Major: Legal Studies and Chicano Latino Studies Partner Organization: Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) Andrea will be working with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, which connects immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles County with information about immigration, civil rights, and labor laws as well as legal resources and civic engagement opportunities. “My project includes translating for clients, creating outreach materials, researching legal updates, and supporting ongoing political campaigns. I plan to create connections to come back to Scripps and empower local communities in the surrounding areas of Pomona, Ontario, and Montclair.”
Kaela Fong ’19 Major: Linguistics and Cognitive Science Partner Organization: Endangered Language Alliance, New York Kaela will be partnering with the Endangered Language Alliance, a nonprofit that is focused on documenting and describing the linguistic diversity of urban areas. “I will be contributing to the local and global community of endangered language speakers in multiple ways. I hope that by documenting these languages, I can provide tools for current and future generations to learn or reclaim their language by accessing the grammar and recordings I will create.”
Jennifer Johnston ’21 Major: Biology Partner Organizations: Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), Claremont, California, and University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana Jenny will be heading to Botswana to work with KGI Dean of Research Larry Grill in exploring cost-effective vaccines for lumpy skin disease, a cattle disease that significantly affects local farmers. “Learning about this unique technology and its possibilities to help people inspires me, and I hope this trip will teach me how I can future skills for helping create solutions for underprivileged communities.”
Allison (Ally) Joseph ’20 Major: Environmental Analysis and Psychology Partner Organization: Mahidol University, Thailand Over winter break 2018, Ally aimed to empower, inspire, and challenge women and girls to articulate their own visions of “the ideal woman” through creative pursuits, including theater, art, dance, and photography. “I explored how to help marginalized and at-risk groups of young women generate and present their own versions of “the ideal woman” by reflecting on their identity, gender, and personal agency.”
Ruby Laufer ’21 Major: Classics Partner Organizations: Veterinary Emergency Referral Group and Best Friends Animal Society, New York Ruby will explore the intersection of veterinary care and wildlife conservation by partnering with Veterinary Emergency Referral Group and Best Friends Animal Society. “This project will allow me to pursue my passion for veterinary medicine to a fuller extent than I ever have and enable me to deepen my problem-solving skills by working alongside veterinarians and shelter volunteers to diagnose animals or match them with caring families.”