LASPA Action Grants Fund Six Worthy Proposals

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The LASPA action grants were established to provide opportunities for students to: transform knowledge, passion, and ideas into action; demonstrate creative and effective problem-solving; create partnership(s) in the public or private sector; and produce outcomes that make a positive impact.

Students partnered with faculty advisors to submit grant proposals, and the LASPA steering committee, composed of students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and trustees, narrowed down the submissions to six finalists, and chose two grant recipients.

More than 1,200 students, faculty, alumnae, and friends of the College got out the vote through an online poll to select the third awardee. Ultimately, all six proposals were funded through the generosity of trustees, staff, and friends of the College.

Girls Can Do STEM: Grace Dahlstrom ’16 wants to connect young women with mentors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers, partnering with CitiCorp’s Women in Information Technology. Faculty advisor: Julie Liss

Health Education for Humboldt County: Together with Planned Parenthood, Raquel Selcer ’17 will train peer health educators in an organization that provides bilingual materials and creative outreach to the Latino community. Faculty advisor: Piya Chatterjee

The Histories Behind Disability Justice: Eden Amital ’17 will collect the oral histories of activists who are transforming the Disability Justice (DJ) movement, collaborating with Sins Invalid, a DJ cultural and performance organization. Faculty advisor: Kimberly Drake

 Raising Awareness on Agent Orange: Maya Espiritu ’16 will research the history behind U.S. military tactics in Vietnam and effects of herbicidal warfare, specifically Agent Orange, on today’s generations. Faculty advisor: Warren Liu

Social Entrepreneurs Academy: Alexandra Harder ’17 will be evaluating outcomes and developing curriculum for the Social Entrepreneurs Academy, a pilot program at Scripps, in which students and community members participate in monthly workshops to build leadership skills. Faculty advisor: Nancy Neiman Auerbach

The Summer Culinary and Agricultural Internship: Edith Ortega ’18 will connect high school students with environmental sustainability organizations through a series of workshops.