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Emerson Fellow

Jasmine Mickens

18th Class, 2011-2012

Field Placement: D.C. Hunger Solutions (Washington, DC)

Jasmine designed and conducted a research project examining the accessibility, availability, and cost of a healthy diet using the Thrifty Food Plan as the standard. She also evaluated the extent to which SNAP benefits could provide for the purchase of the Thrifty Food Plan.

Hunger Free Community Report:

How Much Does it Cost to Eat Healthy? analyzes the cost of healthy groceries in the District of Columbia’s grocery stores. The report includes quantitative analysis of USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan and local and federal policy recommendations.

Policy Placement: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies (Washington, DC)

Jasmine researched the wealth gap and the impact of asset-building strategies in communities of color. She also conducted outreach and engagement with strategic partners, planned and facilitated webinars on closing the wealth gap, and constructed an asset building model.

Pre-Fellowship Education/Experience:

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Jasmine graduated from Denison University with an interdisciplinary degree in communication, biology, and Spanish. During her undergraduate career at Denison University she served as a leader in her sorority and worked extensively on education, social justice, and community engagement issues. She has worked as a researcher at the University of Cape Town and Yale University focusing on health and community development issues in underrepresented communities. Jasmine was a NJSEEDS scholar, a Rosa Parks award recipient, and an ESL teaching assistant.