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Reed students receive McGill-Lawrence Internship Award and Reed Environmental

Students recognized for their involvement in their local communities and in the environment this past summer



PORTLAND, OR (November 12, 2004) - Most college students spend their summers away from their academic lives, resting and recovering from the long school year. This past summer, however, Reed College students Angel Prado, Kerry Skemp, Javier Hidalgo, Clio Reese Sady, Rebecca Fureigh, Ashley Hinmon, Roland Chlapowski, Lotus Grenier, Michael McGreevy, and Morgan Miller took the knowledge that they have acquired in the classroom and brought it both into their local communities and into nature.

McGill-Lawrence Internship Award
This past summer, Javier Hidalgo, Kerry Skemp, Ashley Hinmon, Morgan Miller, Clio Reese Sady, Rebecca Fureigh, and Angel Prado received the McGill-Lawrence Internship Award, designed to offer Reed students the opportunity to complement their academic studies with a summer internship in the public or non-profit sectors. This fund was originally made available by a donation to help cultivate an environment of understanding and respect for multi-cultural issues at Reed. The endowment for this grant has increased during the past years with generous Reed student body contributions. At least 50% of the funds awarded go to proposals that bring students in contact with ethnically and culturally diverse issues and populations. Award amounts are based on need as established in proposal budgets, up to $1,500 per person.

The goal of the internship it not only to allow the students to take their studies into their local communities, but to also impart onto these students a new perspective for the connections between their academic studies and their local communities. For Kerry Skemp, a senior English major who spent the summer helping to organize the "Summer of Writing" for Write Around Portland (WRAP), an organization that sponsors writing workshops for low-income and/or socially isolated individuals and groups, both this perspective and her involvement in the community are of paramount importance.

"By allowing me to look at community service from an academic perspective and academic work from a community-based perspective, my McGill-Lawrence experience help me to integrate my Reed experience with reality. This integration has led me to contemplate the real world applications of what I do at Reed, as well as the ways in which intellect is shaped by non-academic experiences."

In addition, Skemp believes that her experience during her McGill-Lawrence internship has imparted upon her a greater ability to make a difference in local communities. "As a result of my summer internship," she notes, "I feel more ready, able, and willing to reach out into communities, armed with academic and interpersonal knowledge, and make a difference."

Similarly, Angel Prado found his experience with TELACU (The East Los Angeles Community Union) to be poignant. With TELACU, Prado reached out to high school students in the local community to impart upon them the importance of a college education. He also assisted TELACU in establishing an alumni program for its scholarship program, so that the organization could contact those it has aided in order to increase its resources and ability to assist current students in need of assistance. Prado, in working with the organization, sought to understand what he sees as "the disproportionate implementation of education in East Los Angeles."

Prado believes the experience that his McGill-Lawrence award allowed has been very beneficial for him. "Overall, I gained a better understanding of overcrowded high schools, helped further the social cause of affording people of color access to higher education and, as a citizen of East Los Angeles myself, helped my family and community by educating young scholars on the value of a college education."

All of the additional students receiving the McGill-Lawrence award in 2004 worked with local Portland groups towards the benefit of members of Portland’s diverse community. Javier Hidalgo helped the Industrial Area Foundation (IAF) to create a national workshop for activists and to document IAF’s history in Portland. Ashley Hinmon worked with the National Conference for Community and Justice to develop and run a residential summer camp that brought together student leaders from diverse backgrounds to gain tools in conflict resolution. Morgan Miller developed a self-sustaining collective for a program aimed at helping female survivors of sexual abuse. Clio Reese Sady and Rebecca Fureigh developed a resource guide for transgender, transsexual, intersexed, and queer members of the Portland community.

Reed Environmental Activism Fund
The Reed Environmental Activism Fund (REAF) recognizes Reed students with longstanding commitments to environmental activism and allows them an opportunity to participate in an internship related to their activism. The internships are focused on training related to creating systematic change toward an environmentally sustainable society. The REAF awards are made possible by the generosity of a Reed alumnus.

This past summer, Roland Chlapowski, Lotus Grenier, and Michael McGreevy won internship awards through the REAF.

Roland Chlapowski worked with the Northwest Environmental Advocates on a project aimed at protecting America’s waterways and surrounding wildlife through education on the detrimental effects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to dredge the Columbia River. Lotus Grenier worked with the City Repair Project to facilitate the fourth annual village Building Convergence conference on sustainable development. Michael McGreevy worked with the Ecotrust Copper River Program to research policy and native perspective in bringing together government agencies, private landholders, tribes, and tribal corporations to ensure a sustainable future for the watershed and its inhabitants.

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