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Emerson Fellow

Pierre Collins

25th Class, 2018-2019

Pierre grew up in Detroit, Michigan and later attended Eastern Michigan University. There, as a student in the Honors College, he studied both business and healthcare administration. While attending Eastern Michigan Pierre became passionate about not only serving vulnerable populations himself, but also helping organizations develop effective systems, policies, and procedures that increases their capacity to serve vulnerable populations. This led Pierre to work with various nonprofits, fellowships, and health agencies, throughout his undergraduate studies. Since graduating in 2017 Pierre has been working with a youth serving nonprofit in Northern Arizona, writing grants and developing effective processes.

Field placement: URI Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America

Kingston, Rhode Island

Pierre completed his field placement with the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Center for a Hunger Free America, an organization that does statewide programming and advocacy for low-income, food insecure individuals. Pierre worked on an analysis of food insecurity among students at the University of Rhode Island creating a survey that accurately measured the food insecurity level of all students. He also developed a launch plan for that survey that included engaging student organizations, fraternities, and sororities, and different university departments. The results of this survey generated a detailed report that will be used as the foundation for creating solutions to food insecurity on URI's campus.

Policy placement: National Homelessness Law Center

Washington, D.C.

Hunger Free Community Report

"Food Insecurity On Campus: A University Of Rhode Island Case Study" explains how insecurity exists when there is a lack of, or inconsistent access to, adequate, affordable, and nutritious food. Food insecurity is associated with a wide range of health and behavioral outcomes among children, adults, and seniors. Furthermore, food insecurity can have adverse effects on students' ability to succeed in an academic environment. This study investigates the prevalence of food insecurity among students at The University of Rhode Island, a large land grant state university.

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