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Emerson Fellow

Stephany Whitaker

15th Class, 2008-2009

Originally from Richmond, Kentucky, Stephany is a 2008 graduate of Berea College where she obtained a degree in biology.  She led the annual Hunger Hurts Food Drive for the local food bank and helped launch Hunger and Homelessness week. Stephany also served as a Bonner Scholar and was the student director of the Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service.

Field placement: Maryland Food Bank

Baltimore, Maryland

Stephany examined the relationships between the Maryland Food Bank and network providers to determine the gaps in the state emergency food provision.  Through research and mapping technology, Stephany created a report with recommendations and strategies to help the Maryland Food Bank serve its communities more effectively.

Policy placement: National Coalition for the Homeless

Washington, D.C.

Stephany worked to inform homeless individuals about their rights and educate communities across the U.S. about homelessness as part of the National Homeless Civil Rights Organizing Project. She wrote the annual report about hate crimes against homeless people and facilitated speaking engagements designed to break down stereotypes about homeless individuals. Stephany also contributed to a report produced with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty that documents state laws that criminalize homelessness