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Emerson Fellow

Roxana Rodriguez

25th Class, 2018-2019

Born and raised in North East Los Angeles, Roxana Rodriguez graduated from Williams College in 2017 with a double major in biology and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and concentrations in both public health and Latina/o studies. At Williams, she interned at both the office of sustainability and the campus resource center for LGBTQIA and students of color. She engaged both groups as a program director for Root, a first-year orientation trip focused on sustainability, social justice, and identity workshops. Her interest in developing intersectional public health programs for under-served communities began while conducting undergraduate research projects focused on health disparities, health-seeking behavior, and adverse health outcomes that are rooted in systems of oppression and inequality. Since graduating she has forayed into the fields of biotechnology, radio broadcasting, and community organizing.

Field placement: Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Roxana completed her field placement with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFBSA) in Tucson, Arizona. CFBSA changes lives by feeding the hungry today and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow. Roxana primarily worked within the community development strategic department as a part of the Community Organizing team to research, develop, analyze, and implement evaluation tools that measure the impact the team's work has in its targeted communities. As a team member, she also facilitated workshops, met with key stakeholders and supported their canvassing efforts to involve both the community and CFBSA clients in programming.

Policy placement: Food Research & Action Center

Washington, D.C.

Hunger Free Community Report

"Community Organizing in Emergency Food Relief: Adding Justice to Charity" is a resource intended to enable food pantry, soup kitchen, and other direct service providers to explore the concept of community organizing as a part of their strategy. When more organizations can conduct community organizing in a respectful manner and prove the value that it adds to anti-hunger efforts, it creates a space to integrate social change into direct service work.

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