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Zero Hunger Internship

Jessi Russell

3rd Class, 2020

Jessi Russell is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut where they studied English and Political Science. They were raised by their grandmother in East Tennessee. As a person who grew up in severe poverty, Jessi values the expertise and leadership of people who have faced hunger and homelesness. It is Jessi’s personal project to confront anti-blackness in poor white and rural communities. Currently, Jessi is acting as both Campaign Manager and Accountant for the First Generation, Low-Income (FGLI) Wesleyan Student GoFundMe that launched on March 16th with the goal of placing money directly into the hands of students at-risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This summer, Jessi hopes to study the intersections and disparities between the poverty felt by poor whites in rural Appalachia and black, brown and immigrant communities in the city.

Internship Placement: RESULTS