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August 14, 2017

Research and Internships: Etelle Stephan ’18: Focusing on Fundraising to Ensure Refugee Rights

As a philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) major, Etelle Stephan ’18 sought a summer internship that would combine her academic interests. Her search led her to Asylum Access, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California, that works to advance refugee rights in their countries of asylum. Asylum Access’ goal is for refugees to live safely, work freely, and have access to education for their children in order to build a better life.

August 9, 2017

Research and Internships: Casey Beamish Harris ’19: Fighting for Environmental Justice, One Press Release at a Time

Politics major Casey Beamish Harris ’19 found the summer internship she was looking for on a visit to Scripps’ Career Planning & Resources. On a map of students’ past positions posted in the office, she noticed the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), a nonprofit that seeks to protect the environment and promote human rights through legal channels.

May 16, 2017

Awards and Honors: Mariah Farris ’18: Mellon Fellowship Will Fund Research on Stereotypes in the Legal System

Why is it that most people agree to police searches when their vehicles are pulled over, even when it is within their right to decline? How are judges and lawyers typically portrayed in film and television, in terms of their race and gender? These are some of the questions that Mariah Farris ’18 will explore this summer, working alongside Scripps Associate Professor of Psychology Jennifer Groscup.

May 11, 2017

Awards and Honors: Meril Tomy ’17 Receives Davis Projects for Peace Grant: Project Will Bring Free Mental Health Resources to Patients in Orange County

As a high school student in Orange, California, Meril Tomy ’17 began volunteering at Lestonnac Clinic, a center that works with volunteer health professionals to offer free medical services to uninsured and low-income patients. She became particularly passionate about ensuring patient access to mental and behavioral health services, helping to build programs to de-stigmatize mental illness, and provide patient support and resources. Now, as the recipient of a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant, Tomy will help expand those programs by partnering with regional health organizations to establish additional counseling resources, workshops, classes, and an informational community resource guide for those seeking help.

March 27, 2017

Laspa Center for Leadership: Yijia Yang ’18: Creating Volunteer Programs for Students in China

This past summer, Yijia Yang ’18 returned to her alma mater, Chengdu No. 7 High School in Sichuan Province, China, to create volunteer programs to help relieve the intense academic pressure that high school students often feel.

March 23, 2017

The 5C Experience: Refugee Advocacy Network Scripps Students Establish Group to Assist Refugees in the Claremont Community

Frustrated recent with anti-immigrant and anti-refugee rhetoric in U.S. politics, in fall 2016 Noor Hamdy ’18 founded the 5C club Refugee Advocacy Network (RAN) to provide concrete ways for students can make a difference in the lives of local refugees.

February 10, 2017

Laspa Center for Leadership We Act Grants: Grace Reckers ’18 Is Advocating for Economic Justice in the U.S. and Abroad

This past summer, Grace Reckers ’18 pursued her interests in public health and workers’ rights beyond her Scripps classes, conducting research, participating in outreach and education programs, and learning about nonprofit work in Cuba and Los Angeles. The public policy analysis and biology major used her Laspa We Act grant to travel to Havana for five weeks to work for the El Centro Martin Luther King (CMLK) on improving public access to healthcare. Upon her return, she spent the remainder of her summer assisting the Los Angeles-based Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) with a community health education project.

December 12, 2016

Spotlight on Students: Isabella Levin ’17 Scholarship Winner Is Planning the Future of Transportation

Isabella Levin ’17 grew up in Murrieta, California, just 60 miles south Scripps, where, as she describes it, “the automobile reined supreme.” But a semester abroad in Paris her junior year, during which she learned to navigate the city by walking, riding the metro, taking the bus, and participating in the bike share program got the environmental analysis major thinking: What are some ways I might reimagine mass transit in Southern California?

December 5, 2016

Laspa Center for Leadership We Act Grant: Kristen Liu ’19: Narrowing the Achievement Gap for Silicon Valley Students

Growing up in Los Altos, California, Kristen Liu ’19 was aware of the disparity of wealth in Silicon Valley and its impact on public education. Supported by a Laspa We Act Grant last summer, Liu discovered she could make a difference for kids affected by these issues using her interest in social media. As an intern at the Boys & Girls Clubs of […]

October 28, 2016

Spotlight on Students: Isabella Ramos ’17

Though students might know her for the matcha green tea Rice Krispies treats she often made as an employee at the Motley Coffeehouse, lately, Scripps senior Isabella Ramos has been up to a lot more than baking. These days, you won’t find her behind the counter at the Motley, but rather on a couch, finalizing plans for the weeklong Noh Theater Festival.