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Peace Corps Masters International and Coverdell Fellows Students

Admitted 2018

  1. Zahra Chevannes Zahra Chevannes »

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2018

    Zahra is a queer Black Caribbean social worker in training from Brooklyn, NY. As a Coverdell Fellow & Community-Based Initiative Scholar, Zahra is committed to serving Black, Brown, immigrant, refugee and queer communities both at the grassroots, community-based and macro policy levels. Specifically, Zahra's interests are centered around community wealth building, collective economics, community resilience and well-being, restorative practices and reparative justice.

    Before moving to Detroit, Zahra was working in fundraising and capacity-building at Green Worker Cooperatives, a South Bronx-based worker co-op incubator engaging communities of color throughout NYC. From 2014-2016, Zahra served as a Peace Corps Education Volunteer in Northwestern China where she taught English and developed community programming at a teacher training college.

    At U-M School of Social Work, Zahra is exploring the power of community and collectivity, taking a holistic and intersectional approach that integrates all aspects of community well-being while also addressing and working to dismantle systems of oppression. Zahra is also working towards becoming a certified Reiki practitioner, and developing modes of practice around providing trauma-informed services.

Admitted 2017

  1. Biannca Fisher Biannca Fisher »

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2017

    Biannca is a proud native of Detroit. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bennett College with a BA in Special Education. After graduation, she completed a term of service in the Peace Corps as a Special Education and Youth Literacy Advisor in Jamaica. After Peace Corps, she served in AmeriCorps for a year in Philadelphia at College Possible as a High School Coach helping low-income scholars navigate the college admissions process and SAT prep. She has worked extensively with academically gifted and academically challenged scholars and is proud of the significant achievements of her scholars. Biannca's desire for sustainable, results-oriented community building led her to the field of Social Work. As a Coverdell Fellow in the School of Social Work's Community-Based Initiative program, she hopes to gain more practical skills to become an effective community organizer. Knowing that there is no comparison to the transformative power of a superior education, she is currently working on forming an educational non-profit. After earning her MSW, this 21st century global-minded champion will leverage her knowledge and resources via technology to provide 24/7 access to exceptional educational opportunities to underrepresented students in underserved communities.

  2. Sarah Cullen Sarah Cullen »

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2017

    Sarah grew up in Seattle, Washington and graduated from Western Washington University in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and French. She served in the Peace Corps in Benin,West Africa from 2013-2015 as a rural community health volunteer. There she focused on maternal and child health as well as education advancement at the local middle school. One of her biggest projects was fundraising to expand the school and add four more classrooms. She most recently worked for Seattle Public Health, meeting with families who participated in a food assistance program. She worked with them on nutrition education, child development and access to resources. As a Coverdell Fellow in the Community Based Initiative she wants to work with the people of Detroit in pursuing social change and economic sustainability. She has a passion for working with children, youth and families as well as immigrant and refugee populations. She also hopes to work internationally again to gain further knowledge into how social workers in America can be more effective in the fight for social justice.

  3. Tahrima Khanom Tahrima Khanom »

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2017

    Tahrima is a first-generation American who immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh at the age of 5. She grew up in the vibrant city of Hamtramck, MI and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit. After college, she joined the Peace Corps and served in Uganda for 2 years as a Literacy Specialist. Her proudest achievements in the Peace Corps include co-directing a national conference on corporal punishment and gender-based violence; serving as a facilitator and a lead curriculum development team member at the annual Youth Technical Training Camp; and developing a series of sexual/reproductive health and reusable menstrual pad workshops for teenage girls. Tahrima continued her efforts against gender-based violence domestically and currently works with teenage girls in the foster care system who have suffered severe physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. As a Coverdell Fellow in the Community-Based Initiative Program with a concentration in Management of Human Services, Tahrima hopes to hone her leadership and community organization skills.

Admitted 2015

  1. Nathalie Josué Nathalie Josué »

    Peace Corps Masters International Student Admitted 2015

    Nathalie Josué is currently studying Community Organization with Children, Youth in Families. Born to Haitian parents, she migrated to the U.S. at age 15. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master of Arts in International Peace and Security from the University of London. Nathalie served in Swaziland as a Youth Development volunteer from 2016 - 2018. During her service, her most favored projects surrounded her tenure as a national Director for Peace Corps' girls' empowerment program GLOW (Girls Leading Our World). GLOW clubs are run by approximately 70 Swazi nationals (also known as GLOW counselors) whom she along with the other three directors, and local partnering organizations, worked to capacitate through a number of national trainings, and events. Peace Corps service has undoubtedly deepened her passion for community organizing and youth development work. She hopes to work alongside well-intentioned professionals that work to capacitate, and embolden the youth, especially Black, and Brown, to be the best version of themselves-so that they will not just struggle on but, they will thrive. Nathalie is an avid self-love advocate, Black hair and skin cosmetic DIYer and storyteller.

Alumni

  1. A'lice Frazier A'lice Frazier »

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2016

    A’lice Frazier is a graduate student studying Community Organizing and Community and Social Systems at the School of Social Work. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and completed her Bachelors of Arts in English Literary Studies and Psychology: Child Maltreatment and Family Practices at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina. A’lice served in Zambia as a Youth and Community Education volunteer from 2014 – 2016. Along with her primary role as an English teacher, A’lice worked with her community to implement community-wide health projects including HIV Awareness and Prevention Initiatives and a Water and Sanitation Project. A’lice is excited to join as a Coverdell Fellow in the Community Based Initiative, where she plans to continue her work of educating youth in communities on HIV and sexual reproductive health. A’lice’s hobbies include reading, binge watching Netflix, and having a great talent for choosing and consuming delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

  2. Akirah Crawford Akirah Crawford »

    Peace Corps Masters International Student Admitted 2014

    Akirah is a proud native of Newark, NJ. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Virginia State University, a Historically Black University in Petersburg, Va. After her first term as an MI student, she accepted a 10 month English Teaching Assistantship with the US Fulbright Program in Malaysia which broadened her mind on the importance of cultural exchange and diplomacy. Upon returning, she left to serve in the Peace Corps as a Youth Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of Eswatini. During her service she worked as co-director of BRO (Boys Reaching Out) male empowerment program and youth facilitator in her community with GLOW (Girls Leading our World) female empowerment program. She has worked extensively with youth in various capacities and settings including youth empowerment clubs, schools, and pre-adjudicated and adjudicated youth. Akirah's desire for seeing more informed and empowered youth of color, strengthened families and healthy communities has led her to Social Work. As a Master's International Student in the School of Social with a focus on Children & Youth in Families, she hopes to gain practical skills to become a more vibrant youth worker, change agent, effective community organizer and citizen of the world.

  3. Andrea Guerrero Andrea Guerrero »

    Masters International Student Admitted 2014

    Born to immigrant parents, Andrea grew up in a predominantly Latino immigrant community in Los Angeles, California. Through her life experiences she discovered her passion for immigrant and refugee populations. She was aware of many issues her community faced and wanted to be an agent of change and support. She knew that becoming educated was key to do so. She attained a Bachelor's of Science in Community and Regional Development from UC Davis. She was the first one in her family to pursue a college degree. Living in border towns was her effort to better understand the migration phenomenon. She was accepted to the University of Michigan under the Master's International Social Work program which allows her to gain a Master's of Social Work while gaining international experience trough serving in the Peace Corps. She served for two years in Costa Rica under the Youth Development Program in a border town with Nicaragua. Through this educational opportunity Andrea hopes to integrate the multiple perspectives she has gained and become a better support system for immigrant and refugee peoples experiencing challenging life transitions.

  4. Bethany Lewis Bethany Lewis »

    Master's International Student Admitted 2014

    Bethany was raised outside of Cleveland, OH, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. She has recently returned from two years in Botswana as a Peace Corps Volunteer. While in Botswana she worked with young people on issues of gender, sexual and reproductive health, and life skills. She has an affinity for the arts, and is interested in the ways in which the arts can be used to transform organizing. Although she would like to continue to travel and experience different cultures, she will always call Cleveland home. Bethany would like to work with youth on the issues they are passionate about, and to try her hand at legislative advocacy. She aspires to lead a life of balance, love, and adventure.

  5. Charly Marin Charly Marin »

    Masters International Student Admitted 2014

    Charly was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She was then accepted to the University of Michigan in the Peace Corps Master's International Social Work program which allowed her to gain a Master's of Social Work while gaining international experience through serving in the Peace Corps. She recently finished her two-year Peace Corps service working with children and young adults with disabilities in the Philippines. As a Master's International student, she hopes to incorporate different perspectives of social work to better serve those with whom she will work. Upon completing her MSW, she plans to return to California to continue working with children and young adults with disabilities and pursue working with this population in an international context.

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