The CURE Community Engagement Student Fellowships provide selected individuals with opportunities for leadership development and meaningful engagement experiences that are of mutual benefit to the partner organizations and improve the quality of life in Northwest Indiana.
2018-2019 Community Engagement Student Fellows:
Jennifer Webber is a student in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) with a concentration in management. Jennifer has had a professional career in government operations and non-profit management for over 20 years. Animal Welfare is a passion of Jennifer's and she is the current Director at the Hobart Humane Society where she enjoys helping people and their pets. Outside of work and school, Jennifer keeps busy with her pets, Hoosier and Sugar Bowl, as well as her teenage daughter, Genavive. Jennifer is committed to improving the quality of life in Northwest Indiana and plans to utilize the skills and competencies learned as an IUN student and CURE Fellow to continue to develop new strategies and partnerships to benefit the community.
2018 Spring Community Engagement Student Fellows:
Elizabeth was a Research Assistant in the IUN Biology Department and a native of Gary, Indiana. She completed a dual degree in Biology and East Asian Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Mandarin Chinese at IU Bloomington. She has backpacked throughout Southeast Asia, studied and worked in Beijing, Nanjing and Kunming, China and has traveled across the U.S. After graduating, she spent time working in pharmaceuticals, advising and mentoring international students and conducting research. Her future aspirations are to broaden her knowledge in ecology and evolutionary biology and to help other minority students discover their love of science.
Magdalena is a native of Valparaiso, Indiana. After completing her biology undergraduate degree at IUN, she began attending medical school. Magdalena was also a Research Assistant in the fungi laboratory at IUN and traveled to a fungi workshop in Slovakia. Magdalena was interested in finding ways for IUN to partner with the surrounding community in order to help students find an identity with their neighbors. During her Fellowship, she collaborated with Clarendale of Schererville in an effort to bring students and the Clarendale residents together.
Leslie was a student in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and will be graduating in December 2018 with a double concentration in Environmental Policy and Management. Leslie has a passion and curiosity for environmental responsibility, which she hopes to translate into a career with an environmental department or agency. Through her Fellowship, Leslie started her environmental journey by partnering with the Sierra Club on their national Beyond Coal campaign. Throughout the Fellowship, Leslie utilized the tools of community engagement, citizen empowerment, and not-for-profit movements in order to create a reciprocal relationship between the community and local organizations while also bringing awareness to environmental issues.
Taylor was a Public Affairs student in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Taylor’s main area of focus, in both her studies and the Fellowship, was on the environment. Taylor has a particularly strong interest in the environmental-business sector. She also has a love for fitness. Taylor believes that we have the power to make a change. She knows that the process of change, whether in relation to physical fitness or environmental issues, takes patience and motivation. Taylor successfully applied these insights during her Fellowship and in collaborations with Save the Dunes.