Clinton's Rachel Morgan is Hess Fellow
June 14, 2012
Clinton resident Rachel Morgan is among the 2012 class of Hess Fellows named by the The Hess Center for Leadership and Service at Birmingham-Southern College.
The fellows are dedicating an academic year to exploring advocacy in a three-phased internship program that trains students to become advocates.
The 14 Birmingham-Southern students will spend eight weeks this summer working as full-time staff members at some of the nation's leading advocacy organizations.
Morgan, a junior English major and Harrison Honors Scholar, will work with Human Rights First in Washington, D.C.
Students will tackle a broad range of issues, including coordinating lobbying events on Capitol Hill, researching innovative ways to green downtown Birmingham, tracking the cross currents between political campaigns and advocacy initiatives, assisting with grant allocations, and building a comprehensive database of education policies in Alabama.
In its seventh year, the Hess Fellows Program consists of three phases. In addition to the summer advocacy internships, Hess Fellows participated in five pre-internship seminars this spring to prepare them for their summer work. Upon returning to Birmingham-Southern for the 2012 academic year in August, each Fellow will design and implement an advocacy project on campus.
New agencies participating this year include the Women's Fund of Greater Birmingham, Alabama Partnership for Children, and Human Rights First. Bread for the World and the YWCA of Central Alabama will be hosting BSC Hess Fellows for the seventh straight year.
Hess Fellowships are supported by the Dixon Foundation, Ronne and Donald Hess, the Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation, and several private donors.