Anna Bannon, a Community and Environmental Planning major, was a junior at the time of her participation in Semester in the City. Anna is passionate about the welfare of the environment and prior to the Spring of 2017, she was involved in the UNH Student Planning organization. While in Boston, Anna interned with Resonant Energy. Resonant is a startup that works with communities to initiate, develop and finance clean energy projects. They believe that 100% clean energy should be accessible for 100% of people.
Annie Batchelder, a Social Work major with a minor in Gerontology and Women's Studies, was a sophomore in the Spring of 2017. While in Boston, she interned with Family Independence Initiative, whose goal is to envision a future in which each person and family recognizes their self-determination and has access to the resources and community they need to thrive.
Hannah Bowen, a Human Development and Family Studies major specializing in Lifespan Development with minors in Women's Studies and Psychology, was a senior in the Spring of 2017. While in Boston, Hannah interned with Union Capital Boston (UCB). UCB transforms social capital into opportunity by rewarding community. UCB is an approach to overcome the poverty trap for individuals, families, and communities. They are a mobile-based loyalty program for low-income families that provides social and financial service rewards in exchange for community involvement in schools, health centers, and civic programs.
Gabriella Calvino, an Anthropology major with English and Spanish minors, was a sophomore at the time of her participation in Semester in the City. She aspires to be a social problem solver and has strong convictions about equal opportunity for all in education, health, and happiness. While in Boston, Gabby interned at Cradles to Crayons. Established in 2002, the mission at Cradles to Crayons is to provide children living in homeless or low-income situations from birth through age twelve with the necessary items they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play in hopes that that one day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued.
Keri Chamberlain, a Communication Sciences and Disorders and Women's Studies dual major with a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies, was a junior in the Spring of 2017. Prior to her participation in Semester in the City, she had worked at The Learning Center for the Deaf and as an American Sign Language teaching assistant at the University of New Hampshire, which further ignited her passion for disability justice as well as other important social issues. While in Boston, Keri interned at Easter Seals. With a mission to empower people with disabilities to live, learn, work and play, Easter Seals provides the opportunity for people with disabilities to reach their full potential and strives to change the way the world perceives disability.
Emma Chinman, a Social Work and Women's Studies dual major, was a sophomore at the time of her participation in Semester in the City. Emma is dedicated to advocating for oppressed and marginalized groups every day. While in Boston, she interned with the Petey Greene Program, which supplements education in correctional institutions by preparing volunteers, primarily college students, to provide free, quality tutoring and related programming to support the academic achievement of incarcerated people.
Colette Cogan, a Psychology major with an interest in child development, was a junior at the time of her participation in Semester in the City. Colette enjoys working with children and prior to the Spring of 2017 had been a very active volunteer working with several non-profit organizations around the NH seacoast area. While in Boston, Colette interned with Playworks -- New England. Since 1996, Playworks has worked hard to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. Today, Playworks is the leading non-profit leveraging the power of play to transform children's social and emotional health and creates a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills.
Jonathan Davis, a Business major, was a junior at the time of his participation in Semester in the City. While in Boston, he interned at the Celebrity Series of Boston, which is a fine and performing arts non-profit that believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experience, transform lives, and build better communities.
Lauren Guetling, a dual major in Psychology and Women's Studies, was a senior in the Spring of 2017. Prior to her semester in Boston, Lauren had spent a lot of time dedicated to research at UNH through working at the Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory where she has assisted on many studies/grants and completed her own individual work. Lauren had also previously interned at Bridges, a domestic and sexual violence support center. While in Boston, Lauren interned at Massachusetts Advocates for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities. Massachusetts Advocates for Children helps children who have disabilities, are low income and/or racially, culturally, or linguistically diverse by advocating for policy and legislative changes while also helping one child at a time.
Emily Gutermann, a Social Work major with a minor in Gerontology, was a junior at the time of her participation in Semester in the City. Prior to the Spring of 2017, she worked as a work-study student in the nursing department at UNH and as a licensed nursing aide at a local hospital. Additionally, Emily had been an avid volunteer for multiple organizations throughout the years. While in Boston, Emily interned at the Jeremiah Program: a national non-profit that provides the support necessary for low-income single mothers and their children to move into a life of economic independence through a holistic approach. Jeremiah prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance.
Sarah Mayes, a Women's Studies and Political Science dual major, was a sophomore at the time of their participation in Semester in the City. Prior to the Spring of 2017, Sarah had worked in activism surrounding feminism and voters rights in settings such as the Peace and Justice League at UNH as well as working for VoteMob during the 2016 election. While in Boston, Sarah worked on communications at Strong Women, Strong Girls. SWSG’s mission is to empower young girls in inner-city communities to become the dreamers and doers of tomorrow.
Meghan Lussier, a Social Work major, was a junior at the time of her participation in Semester in the City. She is passionate about helping others, advocating for those who do not have a voice in society, and promoting positive change. While in Boston, Meghan interned with Green City Growers (GCG). In 2008, GCG was established to offer families, schools, restaurants and businesses in the Boston-area an opportunity to install and maintain organic urban farms. GCG gives people access to a network of sustainable farms, which fuels personal and environmental health, as well as sustainability.
Julia Marshall, a Sociology major with a minor in Psychology and Women's Studies, was a sophomore in the Spring of 2017. She has a deep passion for helping adolescents grow into compassionate, kind, honest, hardworking, intellectual and healthy individuals, so that they may thrive in society regardless of their socioeconomic background. While in Boston, Julia interned with Let’s Get Ready and held positions through the organization as the Site Director and a Coach at Medford High School. Let's Get Ready provides low-income, first generation high school students in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions with a variety of resources and supports to assist them to and through college.
Jillian Morrone, a Communications major and Music minor, was a senior at the time of her participation in Semester in the City. While in Boston, Jillian interned with the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Since its founding in 1991, the Schott Foundation has been a national leader in social justice philanthropy and public education advocacy. Schott strategically resources advocacy campaigns to provide students with an opportunity to learn through a hybrid of direct investment, network building, communications, and policy advocacy.
Karen Porl, a Psychology major, was a junior in the Spring of 2017. In Boston, Karen combined her previous experience working with children and her passion for ending stigmas regarding mental health issues at her internship with Doc Wayne Youth Services. Serving 250 kids per week, Doc Wayne connects with kids through a sports based therapeutic curriculum. They strive to empower children to gain greater self-esteem, form healthy relationships with those around them, and make positive choices throughout their life.
James Redfield, a History major, was a junior at the time of his participation in Semester in the City. He is passionate about helping others, and advocating for civil rights. While in Boston, James worked with the Anti-Defamation League, the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency. ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.
Meghan Stewart, a Sociology major and Psychology minor, was a junior at the time of her participation in Semester in the City. Prior to the Spring of 2017, Meghan was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, an organization dedicated to serving the community, and the Marketing and Advertising Club at UNH. While in Boston, Meghan interned at Room to Grow, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of babies that are born into poverty. With offices in both Boston and New York, Room to Grow provides families with individualized parenting education and support, high-quality material items, and specialized referrals to vital community resources.