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

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.

 


John Crowell

John serves is a graduate research assistant serving as a project coordinator for the Pascale Sykes Foundation’s Strengthening Families Initiative and data analyst for an evaluation of Global Peace Foundation’s Countering Violent Extremism Program.

 


David Cruz

David Cruz serves as a project assistant for the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition (CCPYDC), a county-wide effort focused on strategies for decreasing juvenile delinquency. CCPYDC is part of the Municipal Prevention Planning Initiative and funded by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.


Sara Fiorot, MA

Sara Fiorot serves as a research project assistant, and she has primarily worked on Community Health Needs Assessments commissioned by Inspira Health Network and the South Jersey Health Collaborative.

 


Vasiliki Gallicchio

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. It is part of the Municipal Prevention Planning Initiative funded by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

 


Kristin Kelly

Kristin serves as a graduate research assistant to the South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative.

 


Ryan Pletcher

Ryan is a research assistant focused on grant acquisition and data collection, and providing support for the Pascale Sykes Foundation’s Strengthening Families Initiative.

 


Shibin Yan

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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