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Emerson Fellow

Tenzin Dhakong

28th Class, 2021-2022

Tenzin Dhakong is a 1.5 generation immigrant from Minnesota. She graduated with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN). At the UMN, Tenzin was involved in a number of public service-centered programs such as the Public Policy and International Affairs Program, the Urban Scholars Program, and the Capitol Pathways program. She is passionate about educational equity and youth work. Recently, she served as Legislative Assistant for the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Field placement: Hunger Free Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Tenzin is currently completing her field work at Hunger Free Colorado in Denver, Colorado. She is authoring a policy memorandum that outlines opportunities to strengthen SNAP Outreach in the Farm Bill. Her policy memorandum will use Colorado's SNAP outreach as a case study. Tenzin will conduct interviews with local community organizations and SNAP clients to showcase the importance of SNAP outreach and the need for more outreach funds.

Policy placement: Center for Law and Social Policy

Washington, D.C.