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June 18, 2020

Watson Fellows Engage in Today's Issues

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In the midst of our global health crisis and fight for racial justice, the Watson Foundation has been working to ensure that Watson Fellows continue to be supported in their personal, professional and cultural development. Throughout the spring and early summer, while many internships and jobs were lost, we are proud of our partners and internal team who stepped in to create world class internship experiences and projects to ensure that every Jeannette K Watson Fellow has a remarkable full-time summer experience. Here are a few highlights:

We recently signed a strategic partnership with the The Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. This summer seven Watson Fellows are working with Aspen on complex social challenges including trust-building in the contact tracing process, and a global healthcare campaign that raises awareness, creates action, and measures impact of COVID-19 crisis efforts in marginalized communities.

In 2016, we began our work in urban resilience, an area that many fellows showed interest as future policy makers and sustainability leaders. Last summer at the 100 Resilient Cities Summit in Rotterdam we committed to doubling down on this work. We are happy to share that instead of doubling, there have five times the number of urban resilience internship placements this summer including remote placements in the mayors’ offices of Houston, Pittsburgh, Sydney and at Resilient Cities Catalyst here in New York City. 

While all fellows are working remotely this summer, they are with world-class local and global partner organizations including The Bail Project, Justice Centre Hong Kong, IBM Corporate Social Responsibility, NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, and many more. 

Many of our fellows are also developing world-class innovation skills through a partnership with Design for America so they can transfer the summer learning to their own communities and beyond. We are so proud of how Watson Fellows are rising to, and navigating, this historic time.

Remote Internships

Aaron Fernando (John Jay) - The Bail Project, CA 

Ana Maria Oliynyk (CCNY) - Mayor’s Office of Resilience, Houston, TX

Annabel Gregg (Hunter) - Urban Justice Center, Safety Net Project, NYC

Alina Camejo (Baruch) - IBM Corporate Social Responsibility, NYC

Camille Wilson (Hunter) - The Bail Project, CA

Christy Suquitana (Queens) - NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs 

Devashish Basnet (Hunter) - Justice Centre Hong Kong

Evelyn Austin (St. John’s) - Resilient Sydney, Australia 

Fatu Amara (CSI) - University of Oxford, United Kingdom

UK Isabel Gouse (Hunter) - NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice 

Jessica Duque (Pace) Institute for Economics and Peace (spring 2020), Australia 

Jewel Antoine (St. John’s) Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, CA 

Karishma Malhotra (Baruch) - Bank of Montreal, IL 

Kharan Pierce (St. John's) - NYC Office of Emergency Management 

Marlyn Paulino (Queens) - Center for Health and Gender Equity, Washington, DC

Melissa Lent (Hunter) - Gotham Gazette, NYC 

Musarrat Lamia (John Jay) - NewCities Foundation, Canada 

Nina Daro (Brooklyn) - AFL-CIO, Washington, DC

Rene Clever (Lehman) USC, Institute for Creative Technologies, CA

Rene Yaroshevsky (Queens) - West Africa Centre for Counter-Extremism, Ghana

Roy Quintuna (Brooklyn) - NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice 

Salma Mohamed (Brooklyn) - SolidarityNow, Greece 

Shakila Khan (Hunter) - Museum of the City of New York 

Sumana Ali (Lehman) - NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice 

Teagan Sweet (St. John’s) - University of Notre Dame, Actinide Center of Excellence, IN

The Aspen Institute, Global Innovators Group: New Solutions Project

Hamida Chumpa, Baruch College

Hannah Tetreault, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Mohamed Magassa, Lehman College

Renuka Surujnarain, Queens College 

The Aspen Institute, Global Innovators Group: Health for All Project

Luz Maria Cespedes, The City College of New York

Raquel Merino, Brooklyn College

Sahiti Kovvuri, Baruch College

Resilient Cities Catalyst: COVID Economic Recovery Project

Amanda Zhu, John Jay College of Criminal Justice 

Amelia Smyth, The City College of New York

Jacob Sellman, Hunter College  

Nibras Ahmed, Hunter College  

Resilient Cities Catalyst: Food Systems & Government Innovation Project

Clyde Drayton, St. John’s University 

Julie Margolin, Baruch College

Resilient Cities Catalyst: California Resilience Partnership Project

Jenna Chandu, St. John’s University 

City of Pittsburgh: Sustainability and Resilience, Food Security Project

Alyssa Mae Alvarez, Pace University   

Ethan Giroux, Marymount Manhattan College 

Ethan Burrell, St. John's University 

Yvonne Scorcia, Queens College 

Anna Shvetsova, Hunter College


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