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04/15/93

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1993 Kennedy Public Service Summer Fellows named

STANFORD--Eighteen Stanford students, including several with ties to East Palo Alto, Calif., have been selected as recipients of Donald Kennedy Public Service Summer Fellowships for 1993.

The fellowships provide a stipend and financial aid to students who otherwise would be unable to engage in service fulltime during the summer months. This support affords students a unique opportunity to develop an idea and work with a community in need.

Catherine Amirfar, an undeclared sophomore, will conduct a photography workshop for East Palo Alto youth through the San Mateo County Youth Employment Program.

Meredith Broome, a junior majoring in history, will work with the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC) to develop a performance piece for and with lesbian, gay and bisexual youth in San Francisco.

Kathy Yeachyng Chang, a junior majoring in biology and English, will create a science curriculum to draw young people into science and medicine at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Beth Cohn and Felicitas Ffrench, both first- year law students, will create the HIV and AIDS Legal Service Program that will provide assistance to HIV-positive East Palo Alto residents in applying for Social Security benefits and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care.

Rosa Contreras, a sophomore majoring in international relations, will teach English to junior high school students in Cocula, Jalisco, Mexico.

Rosa de la Vega, a junior majoring in feminist studies, will compile a resource guide to address the needs and issues of local lesbian, gay and bisexual youth in conjunction with the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community Center at Stanford.

Jose J. Garcia, a sophomore majoring in economics, will compile a resource directory for the Public Defender Service to serve the needs of the immigrant-refugee Salvadoreno community in Washington, D.C.

Richard Hernandez, an undeclared sophomore, will develop and implement a summer college preparatory workshop for economically disadvantaged youth in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas.

Meghan Higdon, a senior international relations major and co-terminal student in international policy studies, and Rachel Rosner, a junior majoring in public policy, will implement an academic summer component for the Ravenswood Tennis/Tutoring Program in East Palo Alto.

Hope Mohr, a junior majoring in Latin American studies, will work on women's health issues in the Bay Area Central American refugee community under the auspices of the Committee for Health Rights in Central America.

Douglas Mufuka, a senior majoring in computer systems engineering, will teach English, math and the physical sciences at Howard Institute, a secondary boarding school in rural Zimbabwe.

Tom Ranese, a senior majoring in political science, will teach drama in East Palo Alto through the Summer Youth Performing Arts Workshop.

Alonford Robinson, a junior majoring in psychology, and Jamell Walker, a junior majoring in sociology, will direct Students Offering Alternative Realities (SOAR). The program provides job training, summer jobs and academic preparation for economically disadvantaged youth in East Palo Alto.

Albert Yoon, a first-year doctoral student in political science, will work with Sanctuary for Children to compile a survival handbook written by and for Bay Area kids living on the streets.

Carina York, a senior majoring in sociology, will run a creative recreation summer day camp for the physically and developmentally disabled for the Children's Center for Movement Therapy in San Francisco.

The Public Service Summer Fellowship Program was inaugurated by the Haas Center for Public Service in 1984 to encourage Stanford students to commit themselves to public and community service.

The program was renamed the Donald Kennedy Public Service Summer Fellowship Program in February 1993 to honor the president emeritus' commitment to public and community service.

The 1993 Summer Fellows will be honored at a reception with Kennedy from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 28.

The Haas Center for Public Service, a division of Stanford's Office of Student Affairs, was established in 1984 as the focal point for local, national and international volunteer efforts on the Stanford campus. It houses both student organizations and university projects.

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