Sam Edelman and Chinyere Ukaegbu, Class 16, shared their OUDC experiences at a private breakfast meeting on Capitol Hill, hosted by Rep. Alcee Hastings, for more than thirty Black and Jewish members of Congress and Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren. See them present here.
Travon Epps, Class 15, is a mentor and tutor in an Atlanta high school through the “We Do It for the Hood” program at Morehouse College.
Sam Greenberg, Class 13, is co-leader of Jews and Muslims (JAM) at Yale University. JAM coordinated Yale’s participation in the Global Weekend of Twinning of Mosques and Synagogues and hosted a community-wide Ramadan breakfast. The participants’ experiences of fasting and dining together were reported in the New Haven Independent.
Jeremy Halpern, Class 15, is a member of Northwestern University’s Living Wage Campaign. The group advocates that university employees receive, at minimum, an hourly wage that takes into account the local cost of housing, health care and other expenses necessary to support a family. (Adam Yalowitz, Class 11, is a Campaign founder.)
Zoe Levine, Class 5, through the Michigan University Law School’s Innocence Clinic, helped to secure a new trial for two inmates who were wrongly convicted. The charges were later dismissed entirely. Zoe joined the men’s families at the prison release to welcome the former inmates back to their freedom.
Ari Levy, Class 12, and Alex Lis-Perlis, Class 14, are advancing the campus dialogue about diversity and culture with Students Promoting Equality Awareness and Compassion at Tufts University.
Megan McKoy, Class 15, has an internship at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, working alongside Dr. Clayborne Carson, one of the foremost scholars on Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. Megan was also the 2010 Princeton Prize in Race Relation winner in the Washington region.
Samantha Mandeles, Class 10, serves as Campus Associate for Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). In this capacity, she assists in creating pro-Israel student organizations on college campuses across the country. Sam shared, “You know, I hope, that my passion for Israel and advocacy would not be nearly as intense without my year in OUDC to stoke the flames.”
Bintu Musa, Class 11, recently joined Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin’s community outreach team. (Class 12’s Avi Edelman and Adam Yalowitz ran the successful campaign that got Ms. Ervin elected to the Council in 2006.)
Isabel Nathan and Brian Rucker, Class 15, participated in the Tri-Co Summer Multicultural Institute in August. The program brought together incoming freshman from Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swathmore to explore issues of race, class and gender.
Joanna Plotz, Class 11, continues the efforts she began in OUDC to educate students about democracy and our justice system, as well as to embrace their civic responsibility, as the Program Administrator of Discovering Justice. She remains so dedicated to OUDC that Joanna flew in from Boston to interview applicants for our 2011 program!
Daniel Rotenstreich, Class 6, serves a Political Director of UNITE HERE, Local 30 in San Diego. The local represents 4,500 service workers, many of whom are immigrants and women, providing them support in negotiating contracts and empowering members to have a voice on the job.
Aaron Shneyer, Class 6, continues to expand the programming of Heartbeat: Jerusalem, an international community of Jewish and Arab musicians, educators and students who use music to build mutual understanding and transform conflict. Aaron founded the organization in 2007 as a Fulbright-mtvU Fellow.
Kathleen Rubenstein, Class 7, serves as Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Most recently, Kathleen helped to write the “Poverty Scorecard” report that grades each member of Congress on his or her voting record on anti-poverty legislation.
Akinyi Shapiro, Class 12, will become a Peace Corps volunteer after she graduates from Brown University in the spring. A health-education activist on and off campus (and a Hillel leader), she will continue her HIV-prevention work in Africa.
John Tucker, Class 16, was selected for the 2011 Disney Dreamer’s Academy. John was chosen to be one of 100 exceptional high school students from across the country to participate in the four-day leadership conference.
Jeff Waldstreicher, Class 2, recently won his second term in the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 18.
Maurice Wilkins, Class 11, was one of six Morehouse College students to be selected for the Leadership Center’s Oprah Winfrey South Africa Leadership Project. The project allows students to study ethical leadership within the context of South Africa with special interest in the correlation of HIV/AIDS and poverty.
Ali Wollack, Class 11, spent her summer as a Junior Associate in the Office of Out-of-School-Time during her fellowship with the competitive District of Columbia Public Schools Urban Education Leaders Internship Program.
Camille Young, Class 14, organized a “Mix It Up” event at Washington University in St. Louis. More than 100 students and faculty of different races and ages sat at randomly assigned tables for lunch, dialogue and new connections. “Our goal is to get people to reach outside their comfort zones, to meet people they normally wouldn’t have,” Camille told her school newspaper, Student Life.