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Emerson Fellow

Jarvis Benson

26th Class, 2019-2020

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Originally from Grenada, Mississippi, Jarvis graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi with degrees in international studies and Spanish. His passion for social justice came while serving as a community organizer for the non-profit Mississippi Votes and overseeing the largest voter registration effort in the state since the Freedom Summer of 1964. A former president of the Black Student Union and Associated Student Body government senator, Jarvis also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA associate in the New Albany Mississippi School District. In his senior year, Jarvis conducted research in Puebla, Mexico for his undergraduate thesis on the impact of segregation on poverty in the city.

Field placement: Alabama Possible

Birmingham, Alabama

Policy placement: Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice

Washington, D.C.

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