2014 Summer Fellows
Isaac Ambruso is a recently graduated student of Political Science from Pacific University in Forest Grove. He thoroughly enjoys a good chess game, good company and a good book in equal measure. He is an avid policy enthusiast and he loves a good debate on almost any topic and is a huge history buff. He loves to speak in any languages he can, which are English and Chinese for the time being. He likes to use his second language whenever possible in order to improve. He looks forward to working with PolitiCorps this year and can’t wait to start learning more about the world of politics!
Originally from Dallas, TX, Maggie Duffy is a recent graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Anthropology, Latino Studies, and Peace Studies. After taking Border Issues seminar during my sophomore year, she became deeply interested in immigration from Mexico. Since then, she has interned with an immigration lawyer through the National Immigrant Justice Center, volunteered with the humanitarian organization No More Deaths, and returned to serve as the student leader for the same Border Issues seminar that first ignited my passion. She hopes to find a career in which she can continue to be an advocate for immigrants and for human rights. Her ideal day would be spent backpacking through southern Chile, but she’s just as pleased with good music, good friends, and some good grub.
Dinah Foley grew up in Olympia, Washington and moved to Portland in 2006. She’s moved away from this city twice; once to work on farms in Hawaii and Southeast Asia and once to teach English in Taiwan. She’s close to completing a BA in Political Science at Portland State University and hopes to focus her future education and work on the promotion of social and environmental justice and improving access and equality in the political system. One of her early adulthood indiscretions was the participation in competitive unicycling, but since then she’s (mostly) abandoned her dreams of mastering the circus arts.
From moving out as a teenager while living on Long Island, NY and his experience at Brandeis University, Dillon C. Harvey (AKA Dil) has consistently seen the beauty of “paying it forward.” Without the kindness and mentorship of others he certainly would not have benefited from or known about the opportunities presented to me in the past. As a recent graduate with an independent interdisciplinary major in Critical Race and Sexuality Studies alongside a minor in Legal Studies, Dil is now searching for a new environment so that he may continue to give back in a way that engages his passion to provide safe spaces and access to currently underprivileged communities, particularly queer homeless youth. Through the recognition and embrace of both his racial and queer identities, Dil has ascertained new levels of self-love and acceptance and learned how crucial such things are to be a complete and sustainable individual. His goal is to cultivate and share resources and opportunities for those who have also come from and currently face struggles that hinder self-discovery and active communal and political participation.
A native of Austin, Texas and a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, David Leffler has finally discovered a city rad enough and an organization meaningful enough to draw him away from his hometown. His two loves in life up to this point have been sports and writing, which he was able to roll up into one big, beautiful package during his two years as a sports columnist for UT’s newspaper, The Daily Texan. Although he’s a little on the inexperienced side when it comes to politics, he couldn’t be more pumped for the summer and becoming a part the Bus Project family! He’s excited for an adventure.
Alexandria Long is a rising senior at Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a double major in International Studies and German Studies. She was born in P-Town and have traveled through most of the country (41 of 50 states). She has spent the past two summer volunteering for the education-based NGO Learning Enterprises helping to teach English and with community development through tolerance and interactive learning projects. She is in Model UN and intends on getting a law degree in order to develop skills for the future when she hopes to work on human rights and equality issues. She is a dork (her words!) and enjoys classic literature, anything art related, adventuring, and math (yes! She likes math… for FUN!).
Hailing from New York, Leah Mack recently graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Sociology and minors in both Social Justice & Social Policy and Legal Studies. She is interested in direct service and has interned with organizations working with a range of populaces, such as NYC elderly, youth in foster care and unaccompanied refugee minors. She plans to attend law school in order to pursue a career in public interest and advocacy work for youth. This will be Leah’s first time in Portland and she looks forward to exploring the city while trying all kinds of foods and drinking a lot of coffee. Leah is excited to experience a more political approach on creating change and to have a meaningful summer in Oregon.
A child of Stumptown, McKenna Morgan is finishing up her B.S. in Political Science at OSU after a brief spell in engineering and a much longer one in zoology. Although she took a few turns that included a summer living and working in Yellowstone, she finally righted herself back on the political track. After jumping on the Bus in 2007, she can’t get enough of the rush when volunteering with such amazing people. Her focus gears towards environmental justice and equality; she spent time last summer knocking on doors to bring information on sustainable and environmentally friendly programs available to the Corvallis area. McKenna enjoys a good glass of wine, good friends, good food and a good game of Cards Against Humanity.
Hailing originally from Bloomington, Minnesota, Vincent Singer is a sophomore International Affairs and Sociology Major at Lewis and Clark College. Starting his background in grassroots activism working with Portland Student Union in 2011, Vincent organized rallies and protests on the de-emphasis of standardized testing in Portland Public Schools. Since that point, he has volunteered, written, and organized for groups such as Friends of Trees, Portland Rising Tide, and the International non-profit group Mercy Corps. Through his experiences, Vincent is working with a personal duty to reform and rehabilitate countries education, health, and judicial policies. He’s also a die-hard companion of anything with soft fur.
Victoria Stoner was born in Seattle and raised on Vashon Island. She recently got her associate’s degree at South Seattle College before transferring to The Evergreen State College. At both schools, she sat on student governance boards. At her former college she organized several successful civics events including a voter registration drive that garnered 250 newly registered voters. Victoria is also a non-traditional, first generation college student. For fun, she loves karaoke, watching cheesy movies and if she’s feeling really cocky she will try some kind of Pinterest-based craft.
Born and raised in Tempe, Arizona, Nicholas Stump recently graduated from Northern Arizona University (NAU) with a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Law while taking several classes in the Ethnic Studies and Women and Gender Studies departments. All four years at NAU he participated in Debate, and he finished in 3rd place at a national tournament this year. This summer, he hopes to learn about how political organizing at a grassroots level can address social problems, especially food justice. He enjoys getting out into nature, listening to music, riding bikes and playing disc golf.
Kaitlyn White will be a senior at Washington State University this fall! She’s currently studying Political Science, with a pre-law option and a minor in Criminal Justice. This past year, she studied American Sign Language and would like to pursue her interpreters license in law. When she is not in class she is employed with the campus daycare working with toddlers and other young children. She also volunteers with the WSU Violence Prevention Center and is a proud member of the sorority Sigma Kappa!
Gus Wolff is a 21 year-old from Greenwich, Connecticut (though you will often hear him say he’s from the “New York Area”) who graduated in May from Lewis & Clark College with a degree in Political Science & Gender Studies. He is the only Gus that he has ever met who was born as simply ‘Gus’, which means he finds Gustavs, Augustuss, Gustavos, and Anguss to be impostors. In school, he co-created a Queer Resource Center, co-ran the 33rd Gender Studies Symposium, and he has been given honors such as an Emerging Leadership award nomination from the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. In the greater world, he has served as a senatorial intern in Washington D.C., an operations intern at Cascade AIDS Project, and a policy intern at the City Club of Portland. He is excited about bicycles, wine, television, and graduating from being a perpetual intern to being a PolitiCorps fellow!
Ciera Marie Young grew up in the Buckeye State but moved to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood for a change of scenery. She is a graduate of the Chatham College for Women in Pittsburgh, PA. Naturally being scattered and indecisive, she completed a film minor and earned a degree in Cultural Studies-African American Studies and a degree in International Studies-Africa. However, it all worked out and she graduated with honors and became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. During her time at Chatham, Ciera has served as an RA, a student representative for Chatham Student Government, and the President of the Black Student Union. During her free time she likes to waste all of her time on Tumblr, write, and listen to music. She also enjoys collecting fortune cookie slips and spoons.