18 students involved in amazing and important initiatives in Walla Walla

The Student Engagement Center is excited about this season’s dazzling and diverse cohort of Whitman Community Fellows and Fall Interns. We invite you to celebrate 18 talented young women and men who are making an important positive impact in Walla Walla – seven as Whitman Community Fellows and eleven as Fall Interns.


During 2014-15 seven outstanding seniors will be based at the following area non-profit organizations: Blue Mountain Action Council Pro Bono Legal Aid Program, Community Council, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, INK-OUT: A Free Tattoo Removal Project, The Health Center, and the Walla Walla Symphony.

The Fellows for 2014-15 are Jesus Chaparro, Arika Wieneke, Maya Abramson, Ward Hoskins, Ashley Hansack, Emily Ford, and Claire Boyer.

As Community Fellows these students will spend the entire academic year working part-time at their community partner organization to help address some of the area’s most pressing social, economic and cultural challenges. Additionally, they will have the chance to learn about important issues in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, gaining experience and understanding that can be valuable to their academic and professional pursuits.


Community Fellow Launch Event: Students mingling with their community partners. President Bridges and City Council Member Mary Lou Jenkins opened the event.



Additionally, the SEC awarded funding to eleven students who will be interning at local public agencies and not-for-profits, and one business, to serve our wonderful community. This year we received three times the number of applications than we did last year. It was a very competitive process and though we weren’t able to fund every applicant we were able to award the highest number of Fall internship grants in the Center’s history.

As Fall Interns these students will spend the semester working part-time at the organization of their choice pursuing their academic and professional interests. The students developed innovative projects at Friends of Children of Walla Walla, the Children’s Resilience Initiative, the Sustainable Living Center, Walla Walla County Health Department, Walla Walla Community Hospice, the Walla Walla Small Business Development Center, Helpline, Oregon Wildlife, and KUJ 1420 AM.

The Fall Interns are Henry Phillips, Haley Friel, Kanupria Sanu, Evan Heberlein, Erin Campbell, Anna Cichocki, Jyotica Barrio, Skye Vander Laan, Annie Sirski, Eli Robinson, and Gillian Friedman.

If you happen to see any of these 18 students, please congratulate these ambassadors of Whitman to our community!

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