Amrit Mehra

Amrit is a 2006 graduate of the University of Chicago with a BA in Public Policy Studies.  On campus, he developed an educational program for youth designed to curb racial profiling and police brutality through the student ACLU chapter.  Amrit spent a summer in the Philippines working with the NGO … Read more

Megan Lent

Megan graduated from Cornell University with honors in 2006 with a degree in Human Biology, Health and Society.  She completed an honors thesis on rural food insecurity, served as a teaching assistant for a human sexuality course, and regularly organized blood drives. Megan was also a member of the Student Advisory … Read more

Christine Tran

A native Californian, Christine graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Asian American Studies in 2004 and a Master of Education in 2006.  She completed her Master’s Inquiry on students’ stigmatization of the school meal program and taught high school English, journalism, … Read more

Ayanna Williams

Originally from Bowie, Maryland, Ayanna graduated from Colgate University in 2008 with degrees in geography and sociology. She has served as an Upstate Institute Fellow, residential advisor, and Manzi Fellow. She also studied social policy in the U.S., Australia, and Uganda and conducted geographic, biological, and public health research in … Read more

Donna Leuchten

Originally from Poughkeepsie, New York, Donna graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 2009 with a degree in sociology and a minor in faith-justice studies.  She served as a Service Scholar and Poverty Awareness Week committee member, tutored GED classes, and was active in Back on My Feet, a running club … Read more

Tasha Askew

16th Class, 2009-2010 Field Placement: Hunger Task Force (Milwaukee, WI) Tasha Askew developed a bilingual study of the impact of the economic downturn on food pantry and community kitchen clients. She collected data on household demographics, food insecurity, participation in federal … Read more