Eight IC alumnae are currently in their fellowship period, employed from California to Washington, D.C. and from Vermont to Florida. They are working for organizations whose missions range from advancing sustainability and community resilience to promoting women in film and television to bringing music to students’ lives.
Julissa Martinez ’19 is in fellowship at El Puente Leaders for Peace and Justice, founded in response to a wave of gang violence in the Southside community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the early 1980s, and whose mission is to inspire and nurture leaders for peace and justice.
“As a college coordinator at El Puente for MS 50 Community School, I provide a college access readiness curriculum to students and their families to give them the space to think about their post-secondary plan,” said Martinez. "I feel as though working in a team of strong women leaders prepared me to work in the professional setting that I'm currently in because being a BOLD scholar really challenged my professional growth from my communication skills, to my ability to work in a team, to learning how to navigate professional spaces as a woman of color."
Candace Cross ’19 is completing her fellowship with the Praxis Project, a nonprofit working to achieve health equity and justice in all communities.
As a health justice fellow, Cross said, “I have done legislative health policy work both at the national and state level, and the Praxis Project is bringing me one step closer to the scope of work I want to continue to do in my career, while also building a network of people doing impactful health justice and racial equity work all across the country. More often than not, policy is written by individuals who do not identify with the communities these policies are going to impact directly, and that has to change. I want to be in a position to be able to bring people from systems-impacted communities to the table and shape health policy that will actually improve their health outcomes.”
This most recent round of funding from the Pussycat Foundation will enable IC to enroll its fourth and fifth cohorts into the BOLD program and continue to afford opportunities for women leaders on campus, which they, in turn, have a strong tradition of paying forward.