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Admitted 2022

  1. Jenika Scott Jenika Scott

    Jenika Scott (she/her/hers) is originally from Guyana but has spent the past six years in East Orange, New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2021 with her Bachelor's in Political Science and a minor in Global Studies. Jenika is passionate about advocating for others and seeks equitable equality for everyone. Her mission and goal are to inspire and become part of the next generation of global citizens through compassionate advocacy, equitable education, restorative development, and leadership. Additionally, she has experience working with the LatinX community in her internship as a teacher's assistant at La Casa De don Pedro and during her study abroad in Brazil at Saude Crianca. She is currently doing her field placement at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She hopes to have an international field placement over the summer to learn more about developing programs and policies that seek to serve people and communities through a global lens/framework. Whenever Jenika is not in class or at the field, you can find her watching SyFy movies, reading books, dancing, writing poetry, or laughing uncontrollably with friends.

  2. Mandy Meyrer (Ham) Mandy Meyrer (Ham)

    Mandy (she/her/hers) graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Journalism and a second field in Communications and Sociology. During her studies, she was actively involved with organizations that were fighting human trafficking locally and internationally and spent time in different parts of India. After college, she worked for a local Colorado nonprofit, The Matthews House, as the Volunteer and HOST Home Coordinator helping youth that were transitioning out of the foster care system. In 2018, Mandy moved to Cebu, Philippines to serve with International Justice Mission (IJM) for one year. IJM is an international organization that works to protect vulnerable people from violence. In Cebu, she worked in communications, advocacy and partnerships to help protect children from online sexual exploitation. Afterwards, she moved to Washington DC to work on IJM's Asia Pacific team establishing advancement and fundraising offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea. Mandy is in the Global Pathway of the MSW program and is eager to gain skills that will allow her to continue working with vulnerable populations globally, specifically, developing and implementing trauma-informed, sustainable, evidence-based aftercare services and standards for victims of violence.

  3. Megan McComb

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2022

    Megan (she/her/hers) discovered her passion for education after teaching in Thailand from 2017-2018. This inspired her to become a TEFL volunteer in Benin, West Africa from 2018-2022, where she taught English, ran youth and adult English clubs, worked on grant projects to increase access to clean water, hosted presentations about malaria prevention, facilitated girls' soccer clubs to promote gender equity, organized a regional spelling bee, and conducted workshops for local teachers. Afterward, she received a Fulbright grant to teach English in the Czech Republic. Megan is currently working as a Training and Volunteer Coordinator at a suicide prevention center. As a Coverdell fellow, she hopes to make mental health care accessible for diverse communities. In her spare time, Megan enjoys traveling, yoga, salsa dancing, and spending time in nature.

  4. Priscilla Flores Priscilla Flores

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2022

    Priscilla (she/her/hers) was born in Nicaragua and immigrated to the United States to reunite with her family when she was six years old. Priscilla grew up in Queens, New York, and attended Barnard College where she graduated in 2014 with her Bachelor in Psychology. Priscilla has experience working with global communities in governmental and international development settings. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, from 2019 to 2020, where she served as an English teacher at a secondary school and implemented youth programming on HIV prevention. Priscilla is passionate about implementing anti-racist and cultural-informed interventions as well as centering communities in social justice initiatives. As a Coverdell Fellow student, she hopes to learn about how to empower global communities - including refugee and immigrant communities - and how to apply mezzo and macro skills to effectively reduce power imbalances in the global context. During her free time, Priscilla spends time in nature, going to a local ethnic restaurant, or listening to her favorite LantinX and Afrobeats playlists.

  5. Shannon Carter Shannon Carter

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2022

    Shannon's values as a Coverdell Fellow echo a desire for a continuation of Peace Corps service, as well as a myriad of activities she continues to be involved with. She served an extended service in Zolotonosha, Ukraine from 2017 until she was a part of the COVID-19 global evacuation in March 2020. Since the start of the Russo-Ukrainian War, Shannon continues to support her friends in Ukraine through various avenues of humanitarian relief efforts, communications via nonprofits such as Partnering for Peace and the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Alliance for Ukraine. She recently finished her first master's degree in Project Management and Development at the University of Bradford International Peace and Development Center in England as a Rotary Peace Fellow. Shannon currently holds various roles including as a Peace Corps Advisor at the U-M International Center, a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the School of Nursing, and a part-time clinical intern for the U-M Counseling and Psychological Services, all while pursuing her MasterTrack MSW focused on Interpersonal Practice.

Admitted 2021

  1. Aiman Irshad Aiman Irshad

    Aiman (she/her/hers) was born in Pakistan and immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was just two years old. Aiman was raised in Chicago, but moved back to Pakistan at the age of 12, where she also completed high school. She eventually returned to the United States, where she graduated summa cum laude from Wayne State University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During her time in Pakistan, Aiman worked at NGOs with youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, including drug rehabilitation centers and orphanages. In the United States, she has worked with refugees and asylum seekers, as well with children who have autism, as a behavioral therapist. She has also specialized in psychological research concerning the efficacy and benefits of Child and Adolescent Health Centers in school settings. Aiman joined the Global Activities Scholars Program to gain advanced knowledge and skills working with minority youth in both domestic ethnic populations, as well as in an international context. Upon completion of her MSW, Aiman plans to continue work with her intern organization, ACCESS in Dearborn, MI, with Middle Eastern and South Asian adolescents.

  2. Ella Imes Ella Imes

    Ella (she/her/hers) was born and grew up in southern Wisconsin. She attended Earlham College for her undergraduate studies and earned a BA in both Spanish and Peace & Global Studies. During her studies, she spent 2 months interning at a refugee camp in central Greece, which drew her to seek out a more praxis-driven approach to the theories she was learning in class. After graduating with college honors Ella worked for a year in wilderness therapy in Clayton, Georgia; there, she combined her passion for the outdoors with supporting folks on the road to recovery. During her MSW Ella hopes to learn community organizing techniques, develop trauma informed care practices, and continue to explore what other cultures and societies can teach her about social work and people.

    Over the summer, Ella will have the wonderful opportunity to work with the International Rescue Committee in Dallas, Texas. She will be working in the mental health program with adults and young adults that are newly arrived to the United States.

  3. Grace Park Grace Park

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2021

    Born in Daegu and raised in Philadelphia, Grace (she/her/hers) is a first-generation graduate student. She attained a Bachelor’s of Science in Rehabilitation and Human Services from Penn State University, where she was challenged to value her education not as a one-way road to a career, but an opportunity to learn about herself and the needs of our society and world. Grace served with the Peace Corps in Malawi as a Secondary School English Teacher. She lived and worked alongside community members to enhance teaching practices, develop after-school programs, and engage parents in the academic success of their children. Although shortened by COVID-19, her service led her to one definite conclusion: She wants to not change the world herself, but empower the youth who one day will.

    Over the summer, Grace will be joining Making Cents International and its Youth Engagement team. She will be focusing on bettering youth programs, policies, and strategies and increasing youth engagement in development efforts.

  4. Helen Seddelmeyer Helen Seddelmeyer

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2021

    Helen (she/her/hers) grew up in Texas but calls Denver, Colorado home. She graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Anthropology and German. Helen is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, who served in Zambia as a Rural Education Development agent. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a substance use and mental health residential treatment center. Helen is passionate about social justice and is interested in promoting action and change in diverse communities through movement, the outdoors, and shared spaces. As a Coverdell Fellow in the School of Social Work’s Community-Based Initiative, she seeks to learn how to best aid the houseless populations of urban areas.

  5. Justine D’Souza Justine D’Souza

    Justine D’Souza (she/her/hers) is a Master of Public Policy and Master of Social Work dual degree candidate. A fluent French speaker, she has worked in the fields of international education, community management, and crisis counseling in New York, New Jersey, and France. She returned to graduate school to combine her interests in international affairs, human services, comparative politics, government, mental health, labor rights, and intercultural dialogue. Justine obtained her BA in French, with minors in Planning and Public Policy, International Business and Political Economy, and Organizational Leadership from Rutgers University. She currently holds positions as a Research Assistant for the Just Futures Lab, a Preferred Communities Program Intern for Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County, and a Student Facilitator for Change it Up! Disrupting Anti-Blackness workshops at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. When Justine is not studying or working, she enjoys singing classical music and performing onstage, reading novels and non-fiction, and watching documentaries and foreign language series. While in the GASP program, Justine hopes to learn about community building models and practices from across the globe, Eastern human services and organizing paradigms, effectively collaborating with a diverse client base, and transformative social work practice.

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