2015 Action Grant Recipients

Congratulations to all the Action Grant recipients. Read about the announcement at the LASPA Launch here.

Transform knowledge, passion, and ideas into action;The LASPA action grants provide opportunities for students to:

  • Demonstrate creative and effective problem-solving;
  • Create partnership(s) in the public or private sector; and
  • Produce outcomes that make a positive impact.

For more details about the LASPA action grant application process, visit here.

Eden Amital The Histories Behind Disability Justice: Eden Amital ‘17 is driven to collect the oral histories of activists who are transforming the Disability Justice (DJ) movement. Eden plans to interview queer and trans, disabled people of color through connections with Sins Invalid, a DJ cultural and performance organization. The final goal is to launch a space with resources, stories, and documents that encourage submissions from community organizers nationwide.
  Girls Can Do STEM:Grace Dahlstrom ‘16 is taking the lead to connect young women with mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Grace will partner with CitiCorp’s Women in Information Technology (IT) to create a teaching curriculum for middle schools in Northeast Florida. Her goal is to design educational programs, mentorships, and networks to empower women considering STEM fields.
  Raising Awareness on Agent Orange: Maya Espiritu ’16 hopes to research the history behind US military tactics in Vietnam and the effects of herbicidal warfare, specifically Agent Orange on today’s generations. Maya will volunteer at the Gò Vấp Orphanage to teach English and art therapy to children who are Agent Orange victims. She will then develop an archive on the ongoing effects and make the collection accessible through her partnership with the Southeast Asian archive.
 Lexi Harder Social Entrepreneurs Academy: Alexandra Harder ’17 is interning with a pilot program Social Entrepreneurs Academy (SEA) that participates with Crossroads, a transitional home for formerly incarcerated women. Alex wants to assess the outcomes of the program with Crossroads graduates, and design curriculum for social enterprising workshops. The hope is to develop an alumni network that has the resources for helping other graduates find jobs, housing, and business opportunities.
  The Summer Culinary and Agricultural Internship: Edith Ortega ’18 wants to cultivate workshops that connect high school students with environmental sustainability organizations. Edith hopes to offer students who have taken the Sustainable Agriculture and Culinary Arts Regional Occupation Program (ROP) an opportunity to learn about social entrepreneurship with Fallen Fruit from Rising Women and Plant Justice.
 Raquel Selcer Health Education for Humboldt County: Raquel Selcer ‘17 realizes health education isn’t as accessible to every group in her local community, especially for the growing Latino population. Raquel plans to return to her home, train peer health educators, and create a new organization in partnership with Planned Parenthood, which will focus on bilingual materials and creative, theatrical outreach catered specifically to the Latino community.