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Emerson Alumni: Chandra Kring Villanueva, Corey Yarbrough, and Alexander Villaverde
CHC supports alumni as they build on the experiences and networks they gained as Fellows. CHC provides ongoing mentorship, leadership development opportunities, access to networks of social justice leaders, and job placement assistance to Hunger Fellow alumni.
“Although we only spent one year as Fellows, our entire lives will be shaped by the experience.”
– Alexis Bylander: 2005 Emerson Fellow, 11th class
What are Emerson Program alumni doing now?
Alumni are now leaders in government and nonprofit organizations at the local, state, and national levels. They design policies and programs to improve food security, reduce poverty and oppression, and promote justice. A recent evaluation of the Emerson Program found that fellowship experiences strengthen fellows’ analysis of social justice and improve the impact of their post-fellowship work.
Read about the current work of alumni from early classes (1994-2001) and more recent classes (2002-2010). Read a special feature about alumni working in government agencies.
A recent evaluation of the Emerson Program measured program impact on alumni career and educational objectives and found that:
- Over 85% of the alumni who are currently employed are working in the nonprofit and public sectors.
- About one third of these alumni frame their work as having racial justice impact and 88% of the alumni respondents characterize their current work as having some level of involvement with poverty.
- Working in both field and policy settings provide fellows with a range of experiences that helped fellows make informed choices about their career and job opportunities.
- The Emerson Program actively challenges participant decisions about graduate school: It spurs fellows to think beyond the attainment of a specific degree and onto considering the impact they hope to make.
- Thirty percent of surveyed alumni indicated that the fellowship had a great deal of influence in their pursuit of their specific graduate degree.
A recent evaluation of the Emerson Program measured program impact of connections made during the fellowship and found that:
- Participating in the fellowship program enabled fellows to begin building a network of helpful professional contacts.
- Alumni reach out to these contacts primarily when seeking work-related advice, looking for personal job leads, or to connect with others in the field.
- In addition to their peers, alumni stay in close contact with staff from CHC, policy sites, and field sites.
- A majority of the alumni indicated that they developed a mentoring relationship with someone associated with the fellowship program.