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Emerson Fellow

Elizabeth Oquendo

14th Class, 2007-2008

Field Placement: Logan Square Neighborhood Association (Chicago, IL)

Elizabeth worked with the Logan Square Neighborhood Association to create a wellness council at a local elementary school bringing together parents, community members, and school staff to talk about student health and school wellness.  She also contributed to the planning and implementation of the first universal breakfast in the classroom in a Chicago public school and studied its impact on students’ health.

Hunger Free Community Report:  

Elizabethcreated a video documentary of McAuliffe Elementary School’s implementation of the Chicago Public Schools’ pilot program for universal breakfast in the classroom.  The film captures the experiences and thoughts of teachers, parents, administrators, and students to showcase the program’s early success.

Policy Placement: The Food Research and Action Center (Washington, DC)

Elizabeth researched and wrote a national report on federal and state policies and practices in school food service that improve quality and participation in the school lunch, breakfast and after-school snack programs. Elizabeth also developed a guide for after-school providers, school administrators, school food service directors, and other key stakeholders to support local efforts to improve children’s access to nutritious food throughout the day.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:  

Elizabeth graduated from Emory University in 2007 with a degree in sociology and Latin American studies.  On campus, Elizabeth was an active volunteer in many Atlanta charities including My House and Project Open Hand.  A native of Miami and fluent in Spanish, Elizabeth has worked in Peru on maternal and child health issues, including malnutrition and prenatal care.