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Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows, Class of 2016

Shelby Barlow

University of Pennsylvania
Political Science and History

Capstone -- Sex Education isn’t Awkward: Improving Penn Health Initiative

Andrea Barnes

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Public Policy and Sociology (Double Major), Hispanic Studies Minor

Capstone -- It Takes a Village: Providing Higher Education Empowerment in Prince George’s County

Kyle Bligen

Mercer University
Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Capstone -- The Bligen Family Foundation: The Future of Fatherhood

Janessa Blythe

Baylor University
University Scholars concentration in Great Texts, Political Science, and Classics

Capstone -- Book Accessibility: Waco Up & Read

Ashley Burns

Missouri Southern State University

Capstone -- Learning through Leadership: A Curriculum for George Washington Carver National Monument

Ben Goldfein

Emory University

Capstone -- Globalizing Diversity: Integration of International Students in American Higher Education

Garrett Kalt

Washington State University
Strategic Communication and Political Science with a minor in Economics within the Honors College

Capstone -- Reducing Sexual Assault on College Campuses: It’s on Cougs

Jonathan Kaufmann

American University
Economics and International Studies

Capstone -- I Need a Job: Improving Economic Assistance for Former Child Soldiers

Morgan King

West Virginia University
Civil and Environmental Engineering (with three minors in Spanish, International Studies, and Dance)

Capstone -- Tap into Water: Community Empowerment through Water Access

Claire Lee

Purdue University
Political Science and Economics

Capstone -- Sew Simple: Teaching Sewing Skills Through a Mentorship Program

Zachary Lien

University of Idaho
International Studies, Political Science, and Spanish

Capstone -- Companions of Fire: Protecting and Empowering Apostates and Blasphemers in Islamic Countries

Phoebe Lockhart

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Capstone -- Lead Counsel: Bridging the Civil Legal Gap with Pro-Bono Assistance

Tyler Portanova

University of Alabama
Accounting with a Specialization in Professional Accounting

Capstone -- Marion Leadership Academy: Inspiring Black Belt Youth

Aleksandra Ryshina

Baruch College
Political Science and English

Capstone -- Improv to Improve

Emerson Wells

Brown University
Double Concentrating in Neuroscience and Public Health

Capstone -- Youth Mental Hygiene: Encouraging Lifelong Self-Care

Erinie Yousief

Sarah Lawrence College
Public Policy

Capstone -- From Obscurity to Clarity: A Plan to Increase Access to Higher Education in Nashville’s Coptic Community