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Emerson Fellow

Corey Yarbrough

14th Class, 2007-2008

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Corey graduated from James Madison University in 2007 with a degree in justice studies and a concentration in global justice and policy.  A two-time qualifier for the National Debate Tournament, he served as co-captain of the JMU debate team, helped incorporate race and gender issues into the intercollegiate debate community, and volunteered for many high school debate leagues and programs.  Corey also completed research projects analyzing intersectional identities and the social development of felons.

Field placement: Just Harvest

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Corey worked to develop effective responses to the many barriers food stamp eligible households face in applying, receiving, and recertifying for food stamps.  Through qualitative research, he explored the role institutional, behavioral, and individual barriers play in widening the gap between eligibility and participation. Corey proposed solutions to institutional barriers and created and expanded outreach programs aimed at dismantling individual and behavioral barriers.

Policy placement: National Coalition for the Homeless

Washington, D.C.

As part of the National Homeless Civil Rights Organizing Project, Corey informed homeless individuals about their rights and raised awareness nationwide about the challenges faced by the homeless community.  Corey also co-wrote NCH’s annual report on hate crimes against the homeless, served as a media spokesperson on the issue, and laid the groundwork for the national “You Don’t Need A Home to Vote” campaign.