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Emerson Fellow

Isha Plynton

14th Class, 2007-2008

Field Placement: Drake University Law School Agricultural Law Center (Des Moines, IA)

Isha developed a nutrition screening tool for legal clinics to use in identifying and addressing the food security and nutritional needs of children in the child welfare system.  She trained law students at Drake’s Middleton Center for Children’s Rights and promoted the tool’s use by making educational presentations to judges, attorneys, and child advocates statewide.

Hunger Free Community Report:  

Drake University and the Congressional Hunger Center’s Presidential Voter Education Guide on Hunger Issues illustrates the hunger and food security platform of six of the 2008 Presidential candidates.

Policy Placement: National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (Washington, DC)

Isha worked to improve access to public benefits for victims of domestic violence by researching and writing a report on state implementation of the Family Violence Option.  Isha also researched the barriers to homeless shelter participation in the Child Care and Adult Food Program.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:  

Isha graduated from Tufts University in 2007 with a degree in American studies, a concentration in law and politics, and high honors for her thesis.  At Tufts, Isha started a college mentoring program for economically underprivileged students and served as a leader in the largest student run community service organization.  Isha has interned in Senator Edward Kennedy’s Education Policy Office in Washington, D.C., studied abroad in Ghana, and volunteered at the University of Ghana Hospital.