HRE USA welcomes its second cohort of 2022 Summer Edmonds Fellows. The three Edmonds Fellows will work on the following projects. Descriptions of the 2022 Edmonds Fellowship projects and their individual video impact report summaries are below:
Project A: HRE USA Community Engagement and Development
Veronica Bido (she/hers/her) is a New Jersey native passionate about reimagining and rebuilding how we approach social justice issues. Her alma mater is Rutgers University New Brunswick where she studied Political Science with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She served as a student ambassador and resident assistant. She is currently serving the Baltimore community as a Work First fellow, and is currently working with the ex-offender reentry and bail diversion program. In her free time she volunteer’s as a crisis response advocate for victims of domestic violence and just joined a local kickball team.
Hallie McRae is a rising junior studying Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She is passionate about human rights and social justice advocacy, participating in programs and organizations dedicated to each. On campus, she is involved in UC Berkeley’s ACLU club, leading the Know Your Rights project team under the Criminal Justice Reform committee. Here, students inform the community about the rights they hold surrounding police and immigration forces through the creation of handouts, presentations to local high schools, and general education campaigns. She is also involved in student government, coordinating educational outreach and support for survivors of sexual violence and sexual harassment, and is a member of the Repair The World Campus Corps, targeting food insecurity by mobilizing community members each week to pack and deliver bags with essentials to unhoused folks. Engaging with Human Rights Watch Student Task Force throughout high school, Hallie benefitted largely from human rights education and advocacy in academic settings, and is thrilled to continue the work of expanding human rights education and organizational work in schools and communities nationwide with HRE USA.
Project B: Strengthening HRE USA Regional Representative Community
Natalie Roach is graduating this May with a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Connecticut (UConn). She also received her undergraduate degree from UConn, majoring in human rights and environmental sciences. As an undergraduate, Natalie was an officer of Revolution Against Rape, a student organization with a goal of ending rape culture. One main initiative of this work was giving consent workshops to high school classes across the state. Natalie was also deeply involved in bringing justice values into the environmental spheres at UConn, through many roles such as interning at the Office of Sustainability and organizing a landmark climate justice protest. Natalie currently works for Goodwill of Northern New England on their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. Last year she connected with store managers across 3 states in order to roll out an organization-wide culture survey to create a foundation for their current work. This fall, Natalie will be starting a fellowship at the Design Trust for Public Space in New York City to learn how public space & the built environment can be powerful tools to work towards justice and human rights. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, traveling, playing violin, and hanging out with her cat.