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UCD-SPREE Summer 2015 Cohort

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London Arnold
Spelman College

London Arnold is a junior at Spelman College majoring in International Studies with a concentration in International Development. Her interest in poverty research was sparked when she interned for the non-profit organization, Operation HOPE. Since her internship, she has continued to pursue research and bring awareness to issues of poverty, specifically in African-American communities.  After she graduates from Spelman, London plans to pursue a Master’s degree in public policy or international affairs.

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Francisco Brady
Howard University

Francisco Brady is a junior economics major at Howard University with a minor in philosophy. Francisco has a strong interest in labor market dynamics as it pertains to socio-economic outcomes. Francisco is an intern at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.

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Symone Johnson
Spelman College

Symone Johnson is a sophomore at Spelman College majoring in Psychology.
Her social justice work began when she joined the Social Justice Fellows Program and assumed the role as President of the Spelman chapter of Active Minds, Inc., advocating for the increased awareness of mental health conditions on college campuses and within minority communities. Her research interest is in Positive Psychology, focusing on how socioeconomic status, community interactions, and self-identity influence happiness and quality of life.

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Olivia D. Jones
Howard University

Olivia D. Jones is a rising senior at Howard University. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development. She is highly active on campus; participating in the Chicago People’s Union Club, Psychology Club, and volunteering at Girls Inc. After graduating from Howard University, she plans to attend Graduate school and aspires to be a Clinical Psychologist.

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Taylor Ladson
Spelman College

Taylor Ladson is a junior psychology major at Spelman College. After graduation, Taylor plans to pursue a PhD in psychology. Taylor enjoys doing community service and spending time with family and friends.

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Cynthia McLeod
Howard University

Cynthia McLeod is a sophomore Psychology major, Afro-American Studies minor at Howard University.

As a member of the National Council of Negro Women, Howard University section, Cynthia McLeod has spent her undergraduate career discovering a passion for serving marginalized communities. As she continues in her studies, Cynthia intends to expand her political and social network to better advocate for these communities.

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Jeremy Prim
Morehouse College

Jeremy Prim is a junior sociology major at Morehouse College. Jeremy’s research interests focus on the area of educational attainment, specifically the effects of socioeconomic status on college preparation for African American males to matriculate into four-year colleges and universities. After graduating from Morehouse College, Jeremy plans to attend graduate school and pursue his doctoral degree in sociology with a focus in education inequality.

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Darien Waite
Morehouse College

Darien Waite is a junior sociology major at Morehouse College. Darien is interested in the arts and their affect on educational achievement. He hopes to one day open a charter school, which will emphasize the importance of the humanities and arts to youth in neighborhoods where resources are scarce. After Darien receives his Bachelors degree in Sociology from Morehouse College, he would like to go to graduate school to further his research in the arts and its correlation with educational achievement.

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