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in Chicago. Named in honor of famed humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the fellowship program encourages students to design and imple- ment a project that addresses an unmet community health need. Fellowship recipients must partner with existing organizations and commit at least 200 service hours to their projects—on top of their already heavy school workloads. Only 250 Schweitzer Fellows are chosen nationally each year. Below, the fellows discuss their projects and their plans for the future. — DREW SOTTARDI


Kathryn Huber Working with Cabrini Green Legal Aid

THE PROJECT • “We know that people with criminal records are far more likely to be homeless, to be unemployed, to be without health insurance, and to be without access to mental health treatment. That’s where my project comes in: I’ll be working with eligible young people to expunge their criminal records—and afterward, to explore the opportunities available to them, such as employment, college, or vocational programs. This project seeks to ensure that the mistakes people make as an adolescent don’t hurt them later in life.”


Padraic Stanley Working with Rincon Family Services

THE PROJECT • “After working with immigrants and refugees in multiple settings, as well as personally interacting with loved ones who are undocument- ed, I noticed huge mental health needs and disparities within the community. For my project, I’ll be working with com- munity leaders and organizations to de- velop a map of accessible and affordable mental health services for undocument- ed immigrants. I’ll then help train people to identify mental health concerns in their loved ones and their communities, as well as show them where to get the services they need.”

TEN YEARS FROM NOW • “I hope to be developing, implementing, and coor- dinating mental health and other social service programming that caters to the needs of immigrant communities. I either want to be working as a director at an agency that specifi- cally runs these programs, or working within existing agencies to develop com- prehensive mental health programs.”

TEN YEARS FROM NOW • ”I hope to be practicing as an attorney on behalf of children in some capacity. They are often subject to a variety of legal proceedings that affect their interests and impact their entire lives—but they don’t always have a voice in what goes on. So I’d like to be able to help them during those crucial proceedings.”

FALL 2014


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