Sr. Seton Cunneen Fellows!

Summer 2023

I. Islas Castillejo

Imeyrani Islas Castillejo ’24. Imeyrani is a Junior, Political Science and Sociology major. Her service site was The Central American Resource Center, CareCen,  in DC, where Imeyrani assisted with providing legal support and other needed resources to people immigrating to the US.

Summer 2022

Karla L. Nunez-Perez ’24.   A rising Junior, participated in service-learning with the Latino Student Fund in DC.

Oluwatobiloba Elizabeth Ayodeji, ‘Tobi’, ’24.  A rising Junior, will serve at the Latin American Youth Center, (LAYC) in DC.  Their service will bring them in contact with young people facing social issues in DC.

Summer 2021

Diana Ortiz, Class of 2022.  Serving with C.L.I.N.I.C. (Catholic Legal Immigration Network).  She describes her work interest as, “providing low-income immigrants quality and affordable legal services, while practicing [C]atholic [S]ocial [T]eaching.” Diana hopes to learn new skills in research and analysis as well as advocacy skills. She summarizes her expectations with these words, “Building connections with people that share the same passions and skill in this organization will allow me to garner knowledge in the environment, as it encourages efficiency and innovation for the mission to focus on human rights and the protection of immigrants in the country.”

Elizabeth Silva Cervantes, Class of 2023.  Elizabeth worked with CASA de Maryland, “an organization dedicated to creating an equitable society that empowers and improves the quality of life of the working class and immigrant families.” These words included in her application indicate the direction of Elizabeth’s summer service.

Ingrid Tchouamo, Class of 2023, served at the Renaissance Center for Culture and Education (RCCE) on Georgia Ave. in DC.  Her role in supporting job readiness for persons with intellectual disabilities as well as “planning and coordinating cultural diversity events that promote inclusion” will keep us all aware of this segment of society that often goes underserved. She writes, “The Renaissance Center for Culture and Education’s mission is to support the community of diversity and cultural awareness in the Washington DC area.”

Summer 2020

Y. Rodriguez, S. Higueldo-Castro, K. Alvarez (L-R)

Kimberly Alvarez– Class of ’21, a Business Administration major at Trinity Washington University, worked 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.

Stephany Higueldo -Castro, Class of ’22, a Nursing major at Trinity Washington University, worked 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.”

Yoseline Rodriguez– Class of ’21, a Health Services major at Trinity Washington University, worked 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.

Summer 2019

D. Vargas, J. Ortiz Ayala and R. Prieto Nieves (L-R)

Rosa Elena Prieto Nieves ’23. Little Sisters of the Poor, Washington DC.  CAS: Nursing.  Elderly care and outreach, meals, conversation and companionship to elders

Juana Ortiz Ayala ’21.   St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Family, Washington, DC.  CAS: Nursing.  Homeless outreach and support; life skills workshop and education/employment assistance

Daniela (Dany) Vargas ’20. CASA, Hyattsville, MD.  CAS: Health Services.  Immigration advocacy, outreach and support

Summer 2018

Nhiaya Williams ‘19 as a Junior with a major in Human Relations.  Nhiaya served her fellowship in Baltimore at KIPP Ujima Village, a nonprofit foundation that supports the educational process in low income communities.  KIPP emphasizes the development of leadership, effective communication and critical thinking skills within the students served, and Nhiaya is an example of these abilities.  Throughout her 10 weeks of service this summer, Nhiaya worked with operations and development for the KIPP Baltimore Foundation, on different projects, while reflecting weekly on her progress.

Diamond Moore ’21 as a sophomore with hopes to major in Nursing.  Diamond served at National Children’s Medical Center, Mobile clinic on Mississippi Avenue, SE,at THE ARC, where she had prior experience in volunteering.  As a Cunneen Fellow, served across 10 consecutive weeks this summer, Diamond took the opportunity to meet and greet patients while offering assistance to the office that welcomes them.  As a result of her summer of service, Diamond learned more about the reasons beyond her stated desire to pursue nursing as a profession

Summer 2017

Kimberly King ’18 as a junior with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Sociology, Kimberly worked at Sasha Bruce Youthwork in Washington, D.C., a non-profit that provides safe housing, life skills and workforce development, and educational opportunities for troubled young people who have been homeless or come from broken homes. Building on her previous experience of working with homeless families and counseling children, Kimberly mentored youth as well as facilitated interactive groups and workshops this summer as part of her Cunneen Fellowship.

Karrin Thompson ’18 as a junior majoring in English, Karrin worked at Higher Achievement in Washington, D.C., a non-profit middle-school program that works to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet under-served, students from low-income communities. Karrin’s duties were outside the classroom, in drafting the plans for the Summer Academy and meeting with the senior level staff, and inside the classroom, where she used innovative means of mentoring and tutoring  students in a subject she loves.

Marisela Tobar Henriquez ’18 as a junior majoring in Elementary Education, with a minor in Psychology, Marisela worked at The Arc Montgomery County at the Karasik and Family, Infant, and Child Care Center, whose mission is to create a sustainable inclusive environment for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Drawing on her preparation in education and her extensive work experience and volunteerism in helping children and youth, Marisela developed inclusive learning environments with an interdisciplinary team of professionals.

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