19th Class, 2012-2013
Field Placement: La Casa Norte (Chicago, IL)
Dominique conducted research to inform the development of a nutrition center and Federally Qualified Health Center to serve residents of northwest Chicago experiencing food insecurity. She evaluated the first stage of a new food pantry to measure impact and to improve effectiveness and coordinated a nutrition education puppet show series for pre-school aged children. Dominique also helped build the capacity of a neighborhood anti-hunger coalition—helping to develop new and more efficient collaborations around issues of food security.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Recommendations for the Development of Dietary Health Care, Nutrition Education, and a Soup Kitchen provides recommendations and best practices for the introduction of comprehensive nutrition education and meal provision into the operations of a homelessness services agency that caters to women, youth, and families of color.
Policy Placement: NETWORK Education Program (Washington, DC)
Dominique developed workshops about the federal budget and tax policy as they relate to social justice. She trained an interfaith coalition of local faith leaders to educate their communities about what a “Faithful Budget” could be. She also designed materials that demonstrate the differences between the rigorous auditing of the SNAP program and some cases of unaudited defense spending.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Dominique is a native of Prince George’s County, MD, and a 2012 graduate of Wellesley College with a degree in environmental studies. At Wellesley, she organized her peers around anti-racism issues and worked to increase interfaith understanding of multicultural issues. She is an active member of the youth climate change movement and focuses on creating a more inclusive movement. Dominique is a Harry S. Truman scholar, and has conducted original research on the Gullah Geechee people and the impact of development on black land ownership and community health in the Low-country region of South Carolina and Georgia.