Changemaker Summer Fellows

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The 2016 Changemaker Summer Fellows

In collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Changemaker Hub is excited to offer the Changemaker Fellows program.  Through this program students partner with faculty on summer changemaking research projects.  Meet our 2016 Changemaker Summer Research Fellows!

alma Name: Alma Pulido
Mentor: Dr. Alberto Pulido
Project Description: I am researching and exploring pedagogies on Contemplative practices. Specifically, looking at Chicano Park and experiences of people of color.
connor Name: Connor Fitzgerald
Mentor: Dr. Everard Meade
Project Description: I coordinate and compile research for expert witness testimony for related asylum (Convention Against Torture and Withholding of Removal) cases in partnership with Casa Cornelia Law Center and the National Immigrant Justice Center by documenting the experiences of individuals who have fled violence, so that they can be recognized as refugees.
jeff Name: Jeffrey Hallock
Mentor: Maria Silva
Project Description: My research project is being conducted in conjunction with Tijuana based NGO Fundación GAIA. The research will focus on the population that has been recently removed from the Tijuana canal, known as ‘El Bordo’, and into rehab center around the city. We will be implementing a survey that will yield both qualitative and quantitative answers to better understand the demographic and needs of the homeless deportee population in the city.
megan Name: Megan Huynh
Dr. Everard Meade
Project Description:
Analyzing the effect of foreign nationality and/or lack of citizenship in the outcome of death penality cases in California, as compared to other indices of social inequality or marginality, such as race, sex, or poverty.
kaitlin Name: Kaitlyn Meyer
Dr. Everard Meade
Project Description:
This research will focus on understanding the circumstances of the ongoing refugee crisis in the Western Hemisphere while analyzing patterns of individuals seeking asylum in the United States from Central America and Mexico. Looking at judicial proceedings, U.S. foreign policy, and country condition data, this research will attempt to ascertain the patterns of asylum from these countries and the relief available to individuals facing persecution.


Name: Katrina Eckweiler
Dr. Everard Meade



Name: Aurora Gaumer
Dr. Everard Meade


Meet some of our 2014 Changemaker Summer Fellows!

Megan H.

Name: Megan Huynh
Project: Bangladesh Women
Project Description: Megan’s passion for changemaking and social justice is clear; just ask the students at Jyoti Vidya Niketon School in Dhaka Bangladesh where Megan is teaching. Partnering with the Jamyang Foundation, Megan is spending 6-weeks of her summer teaching English and arithmetic to students in Bangladesh, and directing an after-school program for the school’s female students that focuses on leadership skills, political awareness, and social justice. Megan spent the first half of her summer creating the community-based curriculum that focuses on educating women and young adults on human rights issues and political awareness pertinent to their community and region. Click here to learn more about Megan’s journey!

Aaron Mc

Name: Aaron McCarthy
Project: Young Dreamers United
Project Description: Aaron is back again, returning as a Changemaker Fellow for the second year in a row to oversee and further develop and implement Young Dreamers United. In 2012, Aaron and several USD colleagues created Young Dreamer’s United, a program designed to support middle school students in understanding their passions and goals, motivating and preparing them to pursue their dreams. USD students have the opportunity to participate in this project by offering younger generations with experiences and knowledge for success in their educational journey. Click here to learn more about Aaron’s journey!

Jill Grant

Name: Jillian Grant
Project: San Diego-Tijuana Art and Photography
Project Description: Jillian’s project seeks to provide youth with a way to express themselves, explore their identities, and feel comfort and stability. Working with children at two Southwest Key Foundation shelters for unaccompanied minors in San Diego, and with La Gloria Orphanage in Tijuana, Jillian provides a service through art that eases the pain of displacement and hardship these children experience. The workshops feature a variety of art forms, allowing children to use anything from paint, markers, and crayons to photography and digital art equipment as tools for emotional and psychological healing. Click here to learn more about Jillian’s journey!

Jacqueline B.

Name: Jacky Benedicto
Project: Linda Vista Architecture
Project Description: In collaboration with the Physical Activity Committee of the Live Well San Diego North Central Region, Jacky is uniting her love for architecture and desire to make positive change in her home community. Through her fellowship, Jacky is helping to develop, design, and implement more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly neighborhoods in Linda Vista, working with community partners and stakeholders throughout the process. Click here to learn more about Jacky’s journey!