Congratulations to our 2020 Sr. Seton Cunneen Fellows!
Summer 2020 Cunneen Fellows
Now, in this 22nd year since the Cunneen Summer Fellowship took root at Trinity Washington University, we welcome three new Cunneen Fellows to our roster. Their enthusiasm for serving the underserved and learning how to participate fully in social justice work will begin just after Memorial Day and run for 10 weeks of service-learning. Their work will mostly take place remotely, keeping with CDC guidelines during this pandemic, and their service sites are anticipating their coming aboard to help navigate the work that needs to be done.
How did this come about? In early February, 20-25 students joined information sessions at Trinity to learn what this Cunneen Fellowship entails. That was when things looked very different from now and the summer seemed like a time to participate in a local summer camp or health care initiative, a middle-school program or attentive eldercare opportunity in DC. Things looked very possible then for our students who imagined that the Cunneen Fellowship might answer their desire to work and learn while earning a stipend from Trinity! In mid-March, applications where received by Campus Ministry, and as the campus was vacated, so were some of the sites being applied for! Still, on April 17 we selected our new Cunneen Fellows and they will begin their summer service on May 26.
Thanks to our Cunneen Committee, faculty and staff members, especially Dean Meechie, who interview our applicants, and to Student Affairs, especially Dr. Gerlach, and the Development Office staff, who oversee the details. Each Cunneen Fellow has a supervisor and Sr. Ann in Campus Ministry to accompany their journey throughout the weeks of this summer placement. You can look forward to seeing their presentations, come fall, and see for yourself how their summer service plans blossomed for their service sites and for themselves. May God bless this effort of service during the time of Covid-19!
Our Cunneen Summer Fellows for 2020 are:
Kimberly Alvarez– Class of ’21, a Business Administration major at Trinity Washington University, will work for “The Safe Sisters Circle” in SE DC. According to Kimberly, this organization offers “free, culturally specific, holistic and trauma based services to black women survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.” supervisor is Ms.
Alana C. Brown, Esq. and she will meet up with her two Cunneen colleagues and Campus Ministry on a weekly basis to reflect on her service throughout the summer.
Stephany Higueldo -Castro, Class of ’22, a Nursing major at Trinity Washington University, will work at CLINIC, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, with Ms. Michelle Mendez as her supervisor. Stephany writes, “CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants by supporting a Network of many nonprofit immigration legal services across the US.”
Stephany will keep us informed of her work during our Friday ‘meetings’ as our Cunneen Fellows reflect together as the summer progresses, and each prepares a 10-page paper for our Development Office.
Yoseline Rodriguez– Class of ’21, a Health Services major at Trinity Washington University, will work for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur with the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, FL with migrant families and an Adventist health care facility. Yoseline will join the reflection process on Fridays to benefit by the collective wisdom of the three Cunneen Fellows as they navigate their summer of service in these times of curtailed mobility and care-filled activity. Sr. Ann Kendrick, ’66, will supervise Yoseline’s service to the community.