Announcing the summer 2014 Community Service Fellows

Summer 2014 Community Service Fellows

10-week Summer Internships
The following students were awarded funding for 10-week summer internships in nonprofit or government settings. The 2014 Community Service Summer Fellows are:

Gege Wang (MLA I 2016) worked with the Community Design Resource Center of Boston (CDRC) to undertake the special project of creating a “Fit City Boston” book(let). The project outlines Fit City design concepts, catalogs related design projects by the CDRC and others, and highlights examples of Fit design principles by Boston area architects and/or in Boston area neighborhoods.

Carly Gertler (MArch I AP 2015) worked with the MASS Design Group (Boston office) and the African Wildlife Foundation to support the strategic visioning, conceptual design, and design development for the ACS schools in Rwanda.

Jean You (MAUD/MDes 2015) interened with the City of Cambridge Dept. of Public Works. The focus of her project involves leading the development of an interactive web/mobile platform that capitalizes on the large quantities of materials left on the curbs during the annual student moves on June 1st and September 1st.

Jefferson Mao (MUP 2015) interned with Just-A-Start in Cambridge. He conducted market analyses of Cambridge low income home owners and their need for home improvement loans (HIP), researching best practices nationally for similar HUD funded HIP programs, management and file review for HIP clients, and developing marketing material (including website) to help increase use of subsidized home improvement loans.

Jennifer Saura (MLA I 2015) worked with the Quito Lab in Cambridge (in collaboration with MIT Media Lab). She conducted research to explore the impact of technology and innovation on improving opportunities for students and others living in the greater community of Quito, Ecuador. Jennifer will be working withRamiro Almeida (Loeb Fellow ‘13), Founder and Director of Quito Lab.  (Funding through the Doebele Fellowship).

Jon Springfield (MUP 2015) interned with the Department of Neighborhood Development, City of Boston. Jon combined on-the-ground community engagement with data collection, asset mapping, and policy writing to provide DND with important and actionable data regarding their Choice Neighborhood Grant implementation process.

Joyce Lee (MUP 2015) worked with the Affordable Housing Institute in Boston, an organization which researches and recommends policies to better serve urban communities facing housing challenges. She participated in research related to rapid migration to concentrated areas, whether for religious, recreational, post-disaster, or refugee purposes. Joyce also blogged on global housing issues.

Kanika Arora (MDes 2015) worked with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. She researched and studyied the E+ programs to develop a compilation of ‘best practices’ to promote and further advance building practices related to neighborhood development and energy efficient affordable housing.

Margaret Scott (MUP 2015) interned at the HUD Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) in Washington, D.C. Her summer work focused on research initiatives and writing through a series of “white papers” to be used by IPI, the Policy Development and Research Department (PD&R).

Michael Haggerty (MArch I 2017) worked with MASS Design Groupin Boston. His primarily work was to develop a guide for participatory methods and constituency engagement that the office will utilize for outreach, project development, and design.

Harvard Club of New York Fellows
The Harvard Club of New York has graciously provided funding this summer for community service fellowships in the New York area. Three students have been selected for fellowships. They are:

Andrew Cantu (MUP 2015) interned with the New York City Department of City Planning, in the Manhattan Office. He worked on two projects. The LES/Two Bridges/East Village study will be centered around resilience for much of the public housing that can be found in this area. The West Chelsea study will similarly focus in on resiliency. In both cases Andy assisted with the analysis of data.

Zachery LeMel (MUP 2015) interned with The Lowline. He worked on the Lowline Young Designers Program, specifically the summer programs at the Center for Architecture and Abrons Arts Center and support additional community outreach events and activities, including concerts, street fairs, public talks, small business initiatives, etc. Working with the Director, Zack helped with preparing for negotiations and key meetings with city, state, and federal agencies. He also assisted with online content production and digital engagement.

Jonathan Sandor Goldman (MUP 2015) interned with theWaterfront and Open Space Division of the NYC Department of City Planning. He worked closely with staff members to review proposals for development and rezoning within New York City’s coastal zone. Jonathan also author a researched report on the impacts of sea level rise in Jamaica Bay.

2013-14 International Travel Award Winners

  • There are two kinds of international travel awards for GSD students. Both are administered by Career Services. The Paul M. Heffernan International Travel Award funds a student to travel internationally to extend the academic experience. This academic year, we had 5 student winners. They are:

Julie Deborah Mercier (MDes 2015) traveled this summer to conduct community-based research in Paraguay and surrounding nations; Margaret Scott (MUP 2015) traveled to Colombia in March to participate in the World Urban Forum 7 with HUD; Ashley Mendelsohn (MDes 2014) traveled to Cape Town to work with theDistrict Six Museum; and Rachel Dao (MArch I 2014) and Sumaia Alamoudi (MArch I 2014). Rachel and Sumaia travelled extensively in the Middle East in January to research Islamic architecture.

  • The second kind of award is to support overseas travel for students who are performing community service. This year’sCSFP International Travel winners are:

Amanda Huang (MAUD/MDes 2015), traveled to Nairobi to work as a summer intern with UN Habitat; Conner Maher (MDes 2015), traveled to Amman Jordan to volunteer with Questscope; My Tam Nguyen (MUP 2015), traveled to Paris, France to work with the Municipal Governance; Sarah Bolivar (MLA I 2016), traveled to Nepal to volunteer with the Kopila Valley Children’s Home; andMichael Lee (MDes 2015) and Jessica Sevilla Ruiz Esparza, (MDes 2015). Michael and Jessica volunteered with MARTadero on an arts and culture project in Bolivia.