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Emerson Fellow

Miru Yoo

22nd Class, 2015-2016

Field Placement: Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon (Portland, OR)

Miru strengthened partnerships with organizations that serve communities of color in Portland. She also co-designed the community engagement plan and contributed to shaping a racial equity lens at PHFO.

Hunger Free Community Report:

Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon Allyship Guide for Staff, Board and Volunteers outlines how PHFO members can better practice allyship in their anti-hunger work.

Policy Placement: National WIC Association (Washington, D.C.)

Miru is working on a policy audit examining WIC outreach policies and procedures in ten states. She is also writing a short report on WIC and its impact on food security.

Education and Experience:

During college, Miru worked with youth from underserved communities to prepare them for the college admissions process. Afterwards, she lived in Central Asia for eight months interning at a translations agency, and volunteering at a non-profit organization focusing on community based tourism. After living abroad, she decided to pursue her master’s degree in public administration and co-founded the Asian Student Union, where she organized and facilitated dialogues on diversity and inclusion matters as well as other social justice issues on campus.