Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Past Jackson Munro Fellows

Meet Our 2019 Fellows

We asked students in our most recent cohort about their projects, what they gained from the fellowship, how their work will sustain, and how this experience has influenced their futures personally and professionally.

This is what they said…

2019 Fellows

Aisling Doyle Wade, UW Farm

Major: Community, Environment & Planning

Partner Organization: UW Farm

Aisling spent her fellowship with the UW Farm, lured by sustainable, urban, student-led agriculture. She dedicated an additional 10 hours per week thinking deeply about the future of the farm and developing a leadership flow chart, which outlines how students can plug into the farm at various commitment levels, the benefits students receive from getting involved at each level, and the pathways a student can take from initial exposure to the farm toward taking ownership and leadership roles in the organization. This chart will soon be published on the UW Farm website!

While the leadership flow chart was the major focus of her fellowship, Aisling has also been inspired to begin an entirely new project with the farm. In collaboration with other students, staff, and faculty, she is hoping to encourage those in charge of the farm’s long-term future to implement a plan which will eventually secure the farm’s budget regardless of produce sales. This budget security will allow the farm to re-focus its efforts on sustainable agriculture education and food justice community development, rather than relying on produce sales.

 

In terms of her own personal and professional goals, Aisling is excited to continue developing the UW Student Farm throughout her final two years at the UW, lending her empowered sense of voice and skill to other projects. She has come to realize that being a steward of environmental justice is not possible without social stewardship and now sees opportunities to merge the worlds of sustainable agriculture and social justice during her next two years of study and in her career plans after UW.

 

Aradhna Bulchand-Ashrani, Treehouse

Major: Public Health-Global Health

Partner Organization: Treehouse

As a Jackson Munro Fellow, Aradhna’s work with Treehouse, a nonprofit supporting children in foster care, allowed her to grow her relationship with the Community Engagement team, and the organization as a whole. During her fellowship, Aradhna provided community partners with a standardized statement for talking about Treehouse and sent updated information about the organization. This work will ensure that Treehouse is referred to in the same way on all community partners’ websites. 

Additionally, Aradhna helped plan one of Treehouse’s major events for the summer, co-chaired by the Treehouse Ambassador Board. She also created a mock-up for a Community Engagement dashboard, in which the team can input their numbers to create charts and display their progress for the month or quarter to the rest of the organization, allowing them to share their incredible work with the rest of the organization.

The mentorship through the Jackson Munro Fellowship has allowed Aradhna to grow in her knowledge of the non-profit sector and learn from peers about other non-profits in the Seattle area. She feels her work could not have been completed without the Jackson Munro Fellowship allowing her time to work with the Community Engagement team at Treehouse. In the future, Aradhna is interested in exploring a career in social work or continuing work with youth who have experienced foster care.

 

Auston Jimmicum, Pride Foundation

Major: Law, Societies, & Justice

Minor: American Indian Studies

Partner Organization: Pride Foundation

Byron Dondoyano, Convergence on Campus

Major: Law, Societies, & Justice

Minors: Education, Learning, & Society; Political Science

Partner Organization: Convergence on Campus

Through the fellowship, Byron Dondoyano Jr. was able to continue his work with Convergence on Campus, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting spiritual, secular, and religious identity on campuses in North America through policy and practice. He worked with Convergence and other faith and inter-faith organizations to pass a religious accommodations bill with bi-partisan support. The bill ensures students of all faiths will have the platform to request and receive accommodations for religious holidays/events that interfere with their academic obligations. The bill is Convergence’s first major policy piece it has worked on and will help establish and sustain the organization in the policy arena. He and his team have been working on policy implementation, as the law has gone into effect as of July 29th, 2019. Byron and the Convergence team will continue to work on policy implementation, policy analysis, and are currently exploring bringing the bill to other state legislatures around the country.

The fellowship empowered Byron to develop as a person and advocate while keeping the volunteer work he does sustainable. His work through Convergence was remote, and the Jackson Munro Fellowship provided him the opportunity to have consistent, structured in-person check-ins and group dinner/meetings that he had not had before. Check-ins with his Jackson Munro mentor, Amber, strengthened his work by providing him a venue to discuss and process his work, as well as receive advice from Amber’s non-profit expertise background. The group dinners/meetings, Byron notes, were unparalleled to any other trainings he had ever attended. Katie and Amber’s leadership helped develop his outlook of the non-profit sector, activism, and his role moving forward.

Byron’s experience with the Jackson Munro Fellowship has helped him lay out his goals for the future and the path to achieving his goals. Over the course of the Fellowship, he has become to understand his short, medium, and long-term goals, institutional dynamics, and how to make change happen. The Fellowship has not only energized and inspired him to achieve these goals but has provided him support in understanding how to achieve his goals. From successfully implementing his team’s bill, to pushing for it in other states, to creating a strong, universal early childhood education system, Byron is excited to fight to achieve his goals and continue his pathway as a lifelong public servant.

Lauren Day, Teen Feed

Major: Psychology

Partner Organization: Teen Feed

Lauren carried out a “marketing makeover” for Teen Feed through her fellowship experience. She revamped the organization’s outward-facing appearance by recreating marketing materials into an editable/sharable format, creating graphic designs, building a social media schedule, editing the website, and more. This work was essential to Teen Feed because it ensured that the information being shared to the public would be accurate and up to date. Most significantly, this work also helped make the organization more marketable to potential volunteers, donors, and granters. Her work was designed to last beyond her time at the Teen Feed, created in editable formats and shared in an organization-wide folder so anyone from the nonprofit can access and update information as needed in the future.

The fellowship gave Lauren the opportunity to explore potential career options in business/marketing/similar fields while still incorporating her passion for social justice issues. Working with other fellows from different organizations that also focus on youth homelessness gave her greater insight on the issue as a whole, as well as showed her how Teen Feed can work with other organizations to better meet the needs of these youth. She not only developed her passion for service to others but also grew personally and intellectually. She gained a greater sense of empathy and respect for others, while better understanding how I can incorporate this passion for service into a future career in business and/or marketing. I hope to continue serving my community and working with homeless youth as I set new personal and professional goals for myself and pave my future!

Mitchel Ayer, YouthCare Orion

Major: Biology, Molecular and Cellular Development,

Partner Organization: YouthCare Orion

The Jackson Munro Fellowship allowed Mitchel to support homeless youth in downtown Seattle through his work with YouthCare Orion. His project, increase access to healthcare at an onsite primary care clinic, had three parts: grow the diversity of the patients to reflect the need found in the community, leverage institutional knowledge of best practices to create a guide for an outreach nurse, and collaborate with staff members to promote clinic services. Moving forward, nurses will keep the guide as a living document for successors.

In addition to his work at YouthCare, Mitchel also appreciated the individualized attention and guidance of a mentor who helped him learn from mistakes and successes in addition to gaining insight into future prospects. In cohort meetings, Mitchel was exposed to a wide variety of ideas for handling professional and personal challenges which allowed him to reflect on his own approach. 

Overall, Mitchel’s fellowship has further informed his goal of improving the quality of life for people who are missed by the healthcare system and has given him a more holistic perspective. His time at YouthCare Orion gave him the opportunity to contribute to society while improving himself as well. Mitchel looks forward to the next opportunities that his work will lead to.

 

Nick Goodwin, YouthCare GED

Majors: Law, Societies, & Justice; Education, Communities & Organizations,

Partner Organization: YouthCare GED

Nick started working with YouthCare through his participation in the Undergraduate Community-Based Internship Program (UCBI) in winter and spring 2019. He loved working with youth ages 18-25, specifically youth that are on the margins, which is exactly what he was able to do through YouthCare. He put his passion for education to work in the GED program at the University District Youth Center (UDYC), YouthCare’s engagement center.

Through the fellowship, Nick learned more about race, marginalized youth, and how to work with them. Each day he learned new lessons from new people, and the learning has been an enriching experience that he will hold on to as he graduates from UW and searches for jobs. He says, “It has made me want to fight for these youth for the rest of my life.”

Stacie Tao, Child Welfare League of America

Majors: Early Childhood & Family Studies; Social Welfare

Partner Organization: Child Welfare League of America

Stacie spent her fellowship with the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) in Washington D.C., the nation’s oldest and largest child welfare organization. During her time working at several early learning sites and non-profit organizations, Stacie recognized failures in the child welfare system and the impact they have on children, youth and families. This led her to CWLA to learn more about child welfare practice and policy on a national-scope.

Her work at the Child Welfare League consisted of researching and writing on issues in child welfare for articles, issue briefs, and reports; working with the National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare to examine the implementation of these practice standards in child welfare agencies across the country; and attending congressional briefings on child welfare-related topics. Stacie is eager to use the knowledge she gained from her internship as a Jackson Munro Fellow to guide her work in clinical social work and child welfare policy.