Gaining Real-World Experience
Each day, we build upon a base of knowledge for good policy and practice in South Jersey, and we work to address issues that impact residents and local organizations through applied research, community engagement and organizational development. Through this work, we connect scores of talented students from diverse backgrounds with opportunities to serve local communities and tackle real-world challenges.
Ethan Aaronson, M.A.
Ethan Aaronson serves as a project assistant, most recently working on a Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan for the South Jersey Health Collaborative.
Vasiliki Gallicchio (Bessy) is a research assistant supporting the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition, a county-wide effort focused on decreasing juvenile delinquency in Cumberland County.
Trista Harig serves as a graduate research assistant focusing on grant acquisition, background research, data collection, analysis, and several other roles as a member of the Research and Evaluation team.
Takashi Johnson, M.A.
Ryan Pletcher, M.A.
Ryan is a research assistant focused on grant acquisition and data collection, and providing support for the Pascale Sykes Foundation’s Strengthening Families Initiative.
Lili Razi, M.A.
Lili Razi is a graduate assistant working on community development, spatial changes, and strategic planning. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Public Affairs with a focus on Community Development.
Shwetal Sharma serves as a graduate research assistant focused on data collection and analysis with the Research and Evaluation team.
Kiersten Westley Henson, M.A.
Kiersten Westley Henson serves as a graduate research assistant on the Research and Evaluation team.
Aayush is a graduate research assistant who works closely with Dr. Allred to design statistical models for generating actionable insights into public health data.
Shibin Yan, M.A.
Shibin is a graduate research assistant supporting several projects as an analyst and researcher. He is analyzing secondary data of the community health needs assessment and assisting faculty fellow Dr. Melanie Bowers with research on housing services for those experiencing homelessness.
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