Summer 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: Ethics & the Common Good and other Community Commons programs are in the process of finalizing details of grant funding eligibility related to travel and site-based work. Updates will be posted as available.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021

Common Good Summer Grants

The Ethics and the Common Good Project offers grant funding up to $3,000 to assist current students with costs of living while interning for a mission-driven organization of their choice, or pursuing a self-designed project.

The organization’s mission or project goals must address a common good issue / community need, and contribute to advancing the mission and goals of the Ethics & the Common Good Project. The proposed internship or project must be an integral part of the students’ academic work. While priority is given to Division II and III students with financial need, Division I students are also welcome to apply.

General Eligibility Requirements

  1. You must be a current student at the time of the internship and returning to Hampshire as a student in the fall semester. If you plan to be on leave for the fall, it must be a field study leave and not a leave of absence.
  2. Priority will be given to students with financial need.
  3. You must complete an internship or project that involves a meaningful commitment to supervised work, and which can be completed remotely in a 6-10 week period.
  4. Internship placement must be with a mission-driven organization located in the United States.
  5. Projects must have active mentorship or supervision, and projects with community-engaged components will be prioritized for funding.
  6. Recipients must agree to these mandatory requirements:
        • Submit a mid-summer report and a comprehensive final report
        • Participate in mid-summer conference call check-in

A portion of your award may be held back until these requirements are complete.
Grant recipients are required to return any award received, in full, if they do not complete the internship or project as outlined in their proposal, along with the requirements listed above.

Award Criteria

  • Quality of proposed remote internship or project, including merit and feasibility.
  • Demonstrated need for funding to pursue internship or project.
  • Application clearly demonstrates alignment of internship and student’s academic work with the mission and values of the Ethics and the Common Good Project

To Apply

Please use the Community Commons Summer Grant Application Hub to submit:

  • Your online application
  • Faculty statement of support
  • Organization statement of support

Community Partner Sites

ECG is excited to support Hampshire students in connecting with the following community partners as possible remote internship sites this summer. We encourage you to reach out to these organizations in advance of the deadline to build a relationship and request a letter of support if you are interested in working with the organization.

The Pioneer Valley Workers’ Center (PVWC) builds the collective power of workers and immigrants in Western Massachusetts and beyond. PVWC’s worker leaders develop and organize grassroots campaigns for food chain workers’ rights, including winning wage theft protections, stopping deportations, and building new worker cooperatives. Worker-led campaigns are supported by PVWC’s innovative solidarity and interfaith rapid response networks of 2,500+ individuals and participants from over 30 congregations. For more information, reach out to PVWC directly at pvworkerscenter @ or contact ECG Director Javiera Benavente.

HowlRound Theatre Commons is a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners. They function as a “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values. All of the content (essays, videos, podcasts) on HowlRound comes from the theatre community who chooses to participate—that means you! For more information contact Dillon Yruegas at dillon @ or ECG Director Javiera Benavente.

Movement Alliance Project is based in Philadelphia, PA, and builds power with community organizations working at the intersection of race, technology and inequality. They run strategic campaigns, lift up untold stories, and build infrastructure for poor and working people to win lasting power and a just society. An intern would support one of their key programs, which includes: coalition building with local community organizations on issues like policing and incarceration, campaigns to broaden internet access as critical infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic, and research to understand the impact of automated decision-making.

People’s Hub offers live, interactive trainings and workshops to build community power and make your grassroots work more effective. We believe that real change can only happen when everyday people come together in their communities — especially in the most marginalized areas throughout the country. PeoplesHub trainers bring their own experience and draw on your local know-how to build the skills your group needs. These interactive trainings are designed to support people in bringing about a more just, sustainable, and compassionate world. For more information contact Jardana Peacock at jardana @ or ECG Director Javiera Benavente.

EFC 2020’s virtual approach will connect a network of young changemakers during this global health crisis and nurture resilience and agency among them. Sessions with youth will run July 6-25, Monday-Friday plus July 25th. In 2020, EFC centers its community-based and arts-as-activism learning approach on: health equity issues, community resilience, understanding advocacy with local, state, tribal and national governments; effective responses to social justice issues; and getting out the youth vote. Participants will learn and practice the powerful strategies of critical thinking, action planning, and using creativity and the arts in working for social justice. Contact Beth Mattison, emattison @

Past Internship Awards

Summer 2020

Remote Internship and Project Awards

Iyanu Bishop | Division II Project Grant
“Nurture Us and We Grow: Embodied Theater Praxis for Healing and Transformation”

Tenzin Choedup | Division III Project Grant
“Universal ethics based on our common experience of pain and pleasure”

Hayven Crockett | Division III Project Grant
” “A Wicker Tree in Paradise”: Creating an Experimental Short Film”

Judah Doty | Division II Project Grant
“A Seat at the Table: Creating Space for Students of Color through the James Baldwin Scholars Orientation Program at Hampshire College”

Fiona Rodriguez Drake | Division II Internship Grant
“Community Compassion Project with the LA Commons”

Michael Garcia | Division II Internship Grant
“Technical Artist Internship with Open-Source Software Blender’s Open Movie Project”

Katharine Godsil-Freeman | Division III Internship Grant
“Computer Farming with Organic Community Dairy Farm and CSA”

Sierra Karas | Division II Project Grant
“The Portfolio: A Digital, Commons-Inspired Student Collective and Archive at Hampshire College”

Lauryn McGill | Division II Internship Grant
“Social Justice Outreach with People’s Hub Training Network”

Najaih Muhammad | Division II Project Grant
“Paralegal Certification”

Patricia Quispe | Division II Project Grant
“Theater Cyber Commons Launching Project”

Moussa Siby | Division II Internship Grant
“Justice for Immigration with the Pioneer Valley Worker’s Center”

Taos Washington – Division III Internship Grant
“Lobbying for the reduction of extreme global poverty to become a focus of U.S. foreign policy.”

Summer 2019

Anton Kaplan | Division III
Make-It Springfield, Springfield, MA

Anton will be interning with Make-It Springfield, a community makerspace in downtown Springfield that seeks to empower individuals to make and create. Anton will be facilitating mixed-ability arts workshops in an open studio environment, aiming to create accessible space for individuals with diverse bodyminds to explore the arts and develop their own relationships with artistic materials and the process of art making.

Aubriana Mency | Division II
GLAD Legal Advocates and Defenders, Boston, MA

Aubriana will be interning with GLAD Legal Advocates and Defenders, supporting their use of strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation. Working in the Public Affairs & Education Department, Aubriana will be learning how to create and advocate for safer spaces, educate with LGBTQ+ stories, and generate supportive communties for all families.

Desta Cantave | Division III
Relational Uprising, Great Falls, MA and Millerton, NY

Desta will be interning with Relational Uprising, a training and coaching institute co-founded by Hampshire College alumna Cedar Landsman 99F. Desta will work with frontline social justice movement organizers to build resilient, interdependent, and relational culture within communities working for social change. As the Participant Coordinator, they will work with the training team to coordinate registration, communicate with participants, and join the trainers in facilitation of relational culture training sessions.

Elí Alejo | Division II
Victory Congressional Internship, Washington, D.C.

Elí is one of twelve outstanding students nationwide who were selected for the Victory Institute’s Congressional Internship. This intensive summer leadership development program works to increase the number of LGBTQ people in public office, and provide the training and professional network to support their success. Elí will be a Legislative Aide with U.S. Representative Sharice Davids of Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, assisting with the legislative process and learning about careers in policy-making.

Isabelle Linguiti | Division II
Nationalities Service Center, Philadelphia, PA

Isabelle will be interning with the Nationalities Service Center, which aims to protect the legal rights of immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia, providing comprehensive services that strengthen families. Isabelle will be interning with the Health Team, accompanying clients as they navigate the healthcare system. She hopes to learn more about creating strong connections and well-being within and between communities in Philadelphia and beyond.

Judah Doty | Division I
Acts of Liberation and Upward Bound/AmeriCorps, Havana, Cuba and Springfield, MA

As an Acts of Liberation ambassador in Cuba, Judah will work primarily with Dr. Asantewa Sunni-Ali on Seedz of Revolution, a film ethnography series that examines and documents the ways in which young people of African descent experience, perform, and create liberation for themselves and their communities. Judah will also serve as an AmeriCorps teaching fellow with the Upward Bound UMass Summer Institute, supporting low-income and/or first generation high school students in the greater Springfield area with immersive academic and social justice programming as part of a year-long college preparatory program.

Lachlan Thompson | Division II
Survivor Arts Collective, Easthampton, MA

Lahclan will be interning with the Survivor Arts Collective, a community healing initiative offering peer-led, art-infused support groups and peer-to-peer counseling for survivors of sexual and relationship violence and trauma. Lachlan will be facilitating an online queer and trans survivor support group as well as assisting in organizing local support and community events for LGBTQ+ survivors and their allies.

Lexx Cespedes | Division III
Why Is Mom Striking? An Exploration of Labor Militancy in Children’s Fiction, Amherst, MA

Lexx will be working with labor advocacy organizations and unions across Western Massachusetts including United Auto Workers, UNITE HERE!, United Food and Commercial Workers, Jobs with Justice, and Pioneer Valley Workers Center to produce a children’s book that will help families and working parents have conversations about labor organizing. Lexx will be conducting ethnographic interviews with union families and documenting their conversations as an illustrated storybook titled “Why Is Mom Striking?”

Luis Guevara | Division II
Gasworks NYC and Atlas:DIY, Brooklyn, NY

Luis will be returning to Gasworks NYC, continuing his work with ceramics, sculpture, education, and arts entrepreneurship. He aims to partner with Atlas:DIY to connect undocumented youth to arts programming in the city, bridging youth spaces to resources and opportunities in the art community. Luis plans to connect youth members of Atlas:DIY with Gasworks and 8-Ball Community, to learn about how to create spaces that engage and support artists through collaborative and educational exchange.

Micael Sobel | Division III
Northampton Survival Center, Northampton, MA

Micael will be interning with the Northampton Survival Center, which works to improve the quality of life for low-income individuals and families throughout Hampshire County by providing nutritious food and other resources in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Micael will gain direct service experience connected to food systems anthropology by working closely with clients and supporting the annual Food Drive.

Najaih Muhammad | Division I
The Law Offices of James F. Cyrus IV PLLC, Charlotte, NC

Najaih will be interning with Attorney James F. Cyrus, drawing connections between racial justice and the legal defense process in cases related to Immigration Law, Criminal Law, and Personal Injury. Najaih will learn more about the field of law by observing court cases in real time and assisting with case work, clients, and taking steps to further her legal studies education and her goal of becoming a lawyer.

Selassie Williams | Division II
ARC-Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Selassie joins Access Reproductive Care-Southeast to assist with their work building reproductive justice by eliminating economic barriers to healthcare access, initiating and encouraging community involvement in reproductive wellness, and advancing equal rights. For his Division III, Selassie hopes to create a work of creative fiction for social change that addresses the needs of women, trans people, and queer people of color, inspired in part by his direct outreach experiences and relationships built through working with ARC-Southeast.

Sophiatou Faye | Division II
ARC-Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Sophiatou will be returning to intern with Access Reproductive Care-Southeast (ARC-Southeast), continuing her work with reproductive justice and the experiences of black femmes in the South. Sophiatou will be building power with local community members to respond to the impact of current legislative attempts to restrict abortion access, especially within BIPOC communties. She hopes to break down isolation and restore justice while advocating for access to safe, compassionate, and affordable reproductive care.

Veronica Israel | Division II
Dance Practices and Education in African American and Diasporic Communities, Springfield, MA and Bayonnais, Haiti

Veronica will be learning about ways to connect dance with therapy as she interns with Whitney Dodds at her Springfield-based mental health practice, Wellness for the Culture. Veronica will support the planning of their annual Wellness Expo, which aims to dismantle the cultural stigma that can be a barrier to Black and brown community members accessing and receiving mental health services and education. Veronica will end the summer by returning to her work in partnership with Grace Church of Amherst, where she will co-direct a children’s summer art and dance program in Haiti.

Yasmina Mattison-Sudan | Division III
Harriet’s Apothecary, Brooklyn, NY

Yasmina will be interning with Harriet’s Apothecary, a collective of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color that aims to create accessible, liberatory spaces for healing. As a fellow in their Alchemy Fellowship program, Yasmina will be learning about present and historical challenges to healing spaces for people of color and working with mentors to facilitate a healing justice project that builds equity and care.

Summer 2018

Alana Young-Morrison | Division II
Child Institute at An-Najah University
Nablus, Palestine
Alana will be serving as a teacher’s assistant in the Child Institute’s Early Learning Center at An-Najah University, which provides a Montessori education rooted in peace studies for children of all abilities. During the day, she will be teaching general education, English, and art in a multi-aged bilingual classroom. In the evening, she will be facilitating storytelling and art projects with two youth groups for women in high school and college.

Annie Wood | Division II
Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS)
Washington, DC
Annie will be interning with HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive), a non-profit organization in Washington, DC that provides harm reduction services, education, and advocacy to individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange and/or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance. In her work as a direct service intern, Annie will support the mobile outreach program and drop-in center by providing harm reduction counseling, making referrals, and assisting in community education around HIV/HCV prevention and treatment.

Carmen Figueroa | Division II
All Hands and Hearts
Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
Carmen will be volunteering with All Hands and Hearts, a non-profit organization committed to effectively addressing the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters in relational and resilient ways. She will be assisting in their hurricane recovery program on the ground, as well as creating a photography project to witness and remember the history, culture, and stories of Puerto Ricans.

Cheyenne Palacio-McCarthy | Division II
Double Edge Theatre
Ashfield, MA
Cheyenne will be interning with Double Edge Theatre as their Art Administration Intern, assisting with theatre management and programming, including planning and preparing the Art and Survival Gathering, a 3-day conference where theatre practitioners and artists come together to discuss the role of art in today’s world and its impact on culture and social movement building.

Eddy Ongweso, Jr. | Division II
Independent Drivers Guild
New York, NY
Eddy will continue his work with the Independent Drivers Guild, an organization that brings together app-based drivers and gig economy workers to fight for collective bargaining rights and worker benefits. He will be join existing community organizing efforts in outreach and education to protect and empower exploited drivers and expand their support network.

Emmett DuPont | Division II
Provincetown, MA
Emmett will return to their ongoing work with COLAGE, the only national youth-driven organization for people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents and caregivers. Emmett will be coordinating, leading, and organizing a volunteer facilitation team for COLAGE’s Family Week summer camp, the largest annual gathering of LGBTQIA+ families in the world. They will be collaboratively creating workshops and teaching trainings on topics like allyship, transgender identities, adoption, and racial justice.

Elí Alejo | Division I
Arts-Based Youth Mentoring
Los Angeles, CA
Ethan will pursue an internship with an LA-based organization mentoring underserved youth through the arts. They will also be working with CalArts-based researchers on a project that investigates strategies to connect trans and femme artists with museums and galleries for greater artistic representation.

Forel Kourouma | Division II
Hizbut Tarqiyya
Touba, Senegal
Forel will be interning with Hizbut Tarqiyya, a grassroots entrepreneurship organization located in Touba, Senegal. Forel will return to Senegal to continue his immersive studies of technology and entrepreneurship in the developing world, learning from local innovators and offering his asset-based community development training. He’ll research local economic and community development projects, uplifting asset-based strengths and solutions while collaborating with local entrepreneurs to solve pressing social issues in their community.

Jules Petersen | Division II
Sexual Minorities Archives
Holyoke, MA
Jules will assist with archival preservation, community outreach, and local research endeavours at the Sexual Minorities Archive, one of the oldest and most unique LBGTQIA+ archives in the country, making accessible the literature, history, and art of all sexual and gender minorities of all races and ethnicities. Jules will contribute to ongoing stewardship and increasing accessibility of online and print resources available to the public through this commons-based grassroots community archive.

Lexx Cespedes | Division II
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Northampton, MA
Lexx will be working with the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a base-building organization in Western Massachusetts working towards justice for immigrant and low-wage workers through legal assistance, labor education, coalition-building, and community engagement. As the Event Organizing Intern, Lexx will be responsible for planning a variety of events to support the organization in fundraising while building and maintaining strong relationships with the communities they serve.

Saturn Renge | Division II
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
Saturn will be interning with Levantamos: The Center for Afro-Brazilian-American Cooperation, a non-profit organization with the vision to affect profound educational, social, and economic change in the lives of Afro-descendant communities in Brazil and the United States. Saturn will continuing building on her internship work in Bahia through the fall semester, pursuing a self-designed Division III field study on art and healing as acts of resistance, community, and identity.

Tasheena Stewart | Division II
Super 8 Filmmaking: Geographies of Identity
Paris, France
Tasheena will be going abroad to research, interview, and create a short film on the lives and stories of Black communities in France. She will participate in workshops, visit film studios, and attend screenings that will support her in her own filmmaking exploring the connections between blackness in the media in France and in the United States.

Veronica Israel | Division II
Generation Teach
Springfield, MA
Veronica will be serving as a teaching fellow with Generation Teach, building her skills as an educator and contributing to her vision of young students of color experiencing a supportive and engaging education that reflects their communities. Adding to this, she will be attending a training with Relational Uprising on somatics to support her holistic and healing-oriented teaching style.

Zanya Andrade Fitz | Division II
Day One: The Gladioli Project
New York, NY
Zanya will be interning with Day One, the only organization in New York City that focuses their resources exclusively on ending dating abuse and sexual violence among youth. Zanya will be supporting The Gladioli Project: Youth Empowerment & Community Engagement by assisting in the Peer Leadership Summer Institute, creating and facilitating workshops on healthy relationships and violence prevention, and developing and managing Day One’s resources and presentations.

Summer 2017

Anuhea Sebstad | Division III
Community Homestead
Osceola, WI
Anuhea will travel cross-country this summer, gathering audio interviews from a wide array of perspectives as she creates a podcast on the ethics of meat production and consumption. Her work will include an internship with Community Homestead, a lifesharing community meat & vegetable farm run collectively as a space for members of all ages, abilities, and disabilities to share meaningful work.

Bar Kolodny | Division II
Research Assistant
USA, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Israel-Palestine
As research assistant to Dr. George Fourlas, SHIFT Foundation Professor of Applied Ethics, Bar will approach grassroots peacework and conflict transformation from a global perspective, starting by working locally in Worcester, MA with Stone Soup Community Center and EPOCA. Bar will join Dr. Fourlas at the Levan Institute’s Global Ethics & Refugee Policy seminar in Geneva, Switzerland, in collaboration with the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict. After meeting with refugee communities in Greece and Turkey through Elpída Home for Refugees, Bar will head to Old City, Nazareth, to work with Palestinian cultural cafe Liwan and Simsim Guesthouse.

Brianna Deane | Division II
LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, PA
Brianna will return to her work with The LGBT Center of Central PA, a volunteer-led effort to create a regionally representative community center that is a unifying point for central Pennsylvania’s LGBTQ+ population. While at The Center, Brianna will facilitate support spaces and community programming for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults.

Dylan Eli Welch | Division III
Detroit Kite Festival
Detroit, MI
Dylan Eli will be working with the Detroit Kite Festival, a Hampshire alum led non-profit, to help lift off their inaugural free community kite festival at Belle Isle, a public park on an island in the Detroit River. Dylan will focus on making the festival more accessible, including designing and implementing an interactive installation sourced from public archives and festival participants, illuminating cultures of community kite flying as they relate to Detroit’s history.

Eduardo Samaniego | Division II
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
Northampton, MA
Eduardo will collaborate with The Pioneer Valley Workers Center, building power with low-wage and immigrant workers in Western Massachusetts through innovative and creative worker-driven organizing strategies. Eduardo will be supporting the organization’s work around immigrant rights, including their Sanctuary in the Streets initiative of regional rapid response networks.

Forel Kourouma | Division II
Action for Local Development
Kankan, Guinea
Forel will continue his studies of social entrepreneurship and technology in the African diaspora with a self-designed field study in Kankan, Guinea. Forel will work closely with local leaders in Kankan to explore community assets and resources connected to growing entrepreneurship from a grassroots perspective, and gain further experience in applying Asset-Based Community Development principles. He will also connect with workers at a diamond mining operation, learning about their current needs and implementing design-based solutions for collective economic empowerment.

Grant Holub-Moorman | Division II
CESMACH Cooperative
Chiapas, Mexico
Grant’s summer field work in a cohort of participant-researchers will bring him into conversation with coffee farmer cooperatives, highlighting diverse agroecology initiatives and the current social needs of farmer communities. Grant’s work is made possible by a partnership with ECOSUR, University of Vermont, the Community Agroecology Network, and Nicaragua’s National Agrarian University.

Jhazalyn Prince | Division II
New York Writers Coalition
Brooklyn, NY
Jhazalyn will bring her training in the Amherst Writers & Artists writing workshop method to the New York Writers Coalition, one of the largest community-based writing programs in the world. Jhazalyn will assist with outreach initiatives throughout the city, supporting empowering and enriching creative writing spaces for New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds, especially voices from historically silenced communities.

Luis Guevara | Division I
Brooklyn, NY
Luis will continue his partnership with Atlas:DIY as their summer Arts & Culture Coordinator. Through arts integration and mentorship, Luis will support immigrant youth accessing legal services, learning opportunities, college counseling, and leadership development in a space owned, run, and governed by the youth themselves.

Mei Seva | Division III
Family Diversity Projects
Amherst, MA and NYC
With guidance from local non-profit Family Diversity Projects, Mei will create a video documentary centering stories of refugee and asylum-seeking individuals and families. Family Diversity’s traveling photo-text exhibits, books, and curriculums aim to end prejudice, stereotyping, bullying, and harassment of people who are discriminated against due to sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national origin, religion, and disabilities of all kinds.

Veronica Israel | Division I
Grace Church of Amherst, Embodied Leadership Project
Amherst, MA
Nica and fellow Hampshire student Fynta Sidime have been invited by Grace Church of Amherst to travel to Bayonnais, Haiti to design and facilitate a dance and performing arts camp for young women. With support and mentorship from the Embodied Leadership Project, Nica and Fynta will connect dance education with mentoring and counseling to support youth empowerment and leadership.

Nisaa Jackson | Division II
Cheerful Hearts Foundation
Kasoa, Ghana
Nisaa’s summer internship will bring her to rural schools and communities in the Awutu Senya District of Ghana, supporting the Cheerful Hearts Foundation with their intersecting public health, education, and human rights initiatives. Nisaa’s work will contribute to their mission of combating child labor and child trafficking while responding to community development needs.

Sabina Paneva | Division III
Research Assistant
Mali Lošinj, Croatia and Novi Sad, Serbia
Sabina’s research focuses on synthesizing approaches from philosophy and education to create effective, historically-engaged learning opportunities about, against, and to prevent genocide. She has been invited to present at the Integrative Bioethics and New Epoch Conference in Mali Lošinj, Croatia, and will travel to Serbia to assist Dr. Zeljko Kaludjerovic at the University of Novi Sad with his bioethics and philosophy research.

Samara Rosen | Division II
Coastal Watershed Council
Santa Cruz, CA
Samara’s internship with the Coastal Watershed Council in Santa Cruz will expand on her studies of hydrology, water policy, and education by immersing her in the world of citizen science. Samara will lead community members through data collection and river monitoring, and interpret their findings on the web to increase community engagement in water restoration and environmental advocacy.

Samuel Edwards | Division II
Sexual Minorities Archive
Holyoke, MA
Samuel will assist with archival preservation, community outreach, and local research endeavors at the Sexual Minorities Archive, a grassroots, multimedia LGBTQ+ community archive with one of the oldest and largest collections in the country; a uniquely accessible commons of rare primary materials from queer history.

Summer 2016

Emily Rose Brown, Division III Internship with LA Commons, a community-based arts project working in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles to give voice to unique local stories, cultures, and histories.

Lorren Grabarek, Division III internship with RainbowYOUTH, an Auckland, NZ based organization supporting LGBTQ youth across New Zealand. Lorren interviewed critically undersupported LGBTQ youth in rural and isolated areas of New Zealand and will compile their stories into a web-based support resource.

Alice Grendon, Division II Internship collaboratively designed with fellow Div II student Dunan Herman-Parks to honor the legacies of long-time activists Juanita and Wally Nelson by reviving their former cabin at Woolman Hill Quaker Retreat as a site to learn and practice tools for sustainable living, environmental justice, and dance composition.

Forel Kourouma, Division I internship in Rwanda with ThinkImpact, an international program partnering college students with community members in developing countries for collaborative social entrepreneurship and design innovation projects.
Natalia Moyano, Division II internship with Sprouts Cooking Club, a Bay Area non-profit teaching children from all socio-economic and mental health backgrounds the importance of healthy, nutritional foods through hands-on cooking with real chefs in their restaurants.

David Pearl, Division III Internship with TechSpring, a Springfield MA based healthcare information technology innovation hub. David won a trial and development phase with TechSpring to bring his design for an accessible first aid education app to the real-life test environment of the Baystate Healthcare system of hospitals.

Allonzo Perez, Division I Internship with Dignity and Power Now, a grassroots organization in Los Angeles that fights for the dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families and communities, as well as participation in Hampshire College’s summer Institute for Transforming Social Justice.

Eduardo Samaniego, Division III Internship documenting the stories and working conditions of farmers across the Southwest with the National Latino Farmers and Ranchers Trade Association, an organization working to include the voices and needs of Latino farm and ranching advocacy groups in policy making.

Fynta Sidime Sherif, Division I Internship with Double Edge Theater, an ensemble theater company based at a former dairy farm in Ashfield, MA that makes original contemporary theater performance deeply rooted in the community in which they’re based and the communities that ensemble members are from.

Tasheena Stewart, Division I Internship with First Generation, a Springfield, MA based theater project bringing together youth in an artistic ensemble to create multilingual performances around critical social and cultural issues through multilingual performance.

Emma Weed, Division III Internship with Prison Birth Project, a Hadley based reproductive and carceral justice organization that supports currently and formerly incarcerated mothers and trans* parents to become community leaders and advocates for health and dignity around pregnancy and labor in prison.

Dylan-Eli Welch, Div II Internship with Mobile Design Lab, a Holyoke, MA based permaculture education and design studio engaging and empowering people to build justice through social and ecological interconnectedness, design events, and community projects.

Summer 2015

Sofia Anastasia, Division II Internship with Wise Fool New Mexico (Santa Fe, New Mexico), an arts collective that uses folk and circus arts to build community, promote social justice and interrupt cycles of violence and oppression.

Gabrielle Garcia, Division II Internship with Dignity and Power Now, a grassroots organization in Los Angeles that fights for the dignity and power of incarcerated people, their families and communities.

Lauren Garretson, Division II Internship with Project South, a Southern-based leadership development organization that creates spaces for movement building.

Omnia Hamdan, Division III Internship with Colorado Anti-Violence Program, a community based organization dedicated to eliminating all forms of violence within and against LGBTQ people.

Abigail Hanus, Division II Internship with In-Sight Photography Project, a community arts organization that provides young people with an accessible space to foster a creative voice and outlet outside of school.

Emily Keppler, Division III Internship with The Relational Center, a culture change organization focused on fostering values of empathy, diversity, social health, mutual aid, equity, and sustainability.

Gustavo Madrigal-Pina, Division II Internship with Make The Road, a membership organization that builds power among working class Latino communities in New York, NY.

Emmanuel Morales, Division II Internship with the Software Freedom Conservancy, a non-profit that develops, promotes and defends free software projects.

Rikkia Pereira, Division II Internship with Hampshire Youth Connect, co-facilitating (So)ul Connected, a summer youth program that uses a body-center approach to leadership development.

Adisa Stewart, Division III Internship with Generative Somatics, a social justice organization that supports individual and collective healing and transformation through Somatic Leadership Training.

Toni Stone, Division II Internship with Global Youth Connect, a human rights organization that engages youth in developing the tools they need to create change in the world.

Justin Taft-Morales, Division II Internship with the non-profit Global Connections, to pursue research on cross-cultural, youth and therapeutic work in El Rodeo, El Salvador.

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