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Seventeen University of Hartford Students and Alumni Selected for the Obama Foundation’s Community Leadership Corps in Hartford

June 12, 2019
At least 17 University of Hartford students and alumni have been selected to participate in the Obama Foundation’s six-month Community Leadership Corps (CLC) in Hartford. For the next six months, the selected young people (ages 18-25) will form groups and develop projects that address opportunities and challenges in Hartford.
 
University of Hartford President Gregory Woodward had breakfast with five of the Corps members who attend or attended UHart on June 5.  “The application did not ask what school the applicants attend or attended,” said Woodward, “so we are extremely pleased that a large number of our students and alumni have been selected to showcase their commitment to the city that is this University’s namesake.”
 
“They are excited and have wonderful ideas,” Woodward continued. “I look forward to the projects the Community Leadership Corps will bring to the city.”
 
The Obama Foundation announced the names of the CLC members on its website saying “We’re proud to welcome the Hartford cohort of the Community Leadership Corps to kick-off their six month leadership training. Members come from all over the city and will take part in in-person trainings, receive online coaching, and get project funding to take on challenges in their communities.”
 
Currently enrolled UHart students selected as CLC members are:
  • Sadie Martinez Clavijo ‘20 who is studying to earn a master’s in special education and teaching;
  • Ryleigh Johns ’20 who is majoring in politics and sociology and active in student government as well as The Women’s Advancement Initiative LEAD program;
  • Jacob Lamoureux A’19,’21 who earned an associate degree in liberal studies and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in media strategies with double minors in sociology and political science. He has been named a 2019-20 Hillyer Humanities Fellow and will participate in a year-long honors seminar on “(Trans)versing Race, Gender and Class;”
  • Devon Lott A’19, '21 earned an associate degree in liberal studies and will continue his studies to earn his bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in media strategies. He has been named a 2019-20 Hillyer Humanities Fellow and will participate in a year-long honors seminar on “(Trans)versing Race, Gender and Class;”
  • Olaleye Onikuyide ’20 who is double majoring in economics and politics and government. In the summer of 2018, he was selected by the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity to clerk at the Hinckley Allen law firm;
  • Emmanuel Silva De Sousa ’23 who is working toward a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. He works as a lead researcher at E.T.T.S. (Veterans Empowering Teens through Support); and
  • Emily Wright ’22 who is a student in the doctor of physical therapy program and is active in The Women’s Advancement Initiative LEAD program.

UHart alumni selected as CLC members are:

  • Jaileene Arriaga ’19, a double major in sociology and politics & government, who was recognized at the 2019 Commencement for academic excellence and community service;
  • Jairus Baker ’17, who earned a business degree at UHart and an MBA at American University and works at the Fund for the Public Interest;
  • Nancy Bencosme ’15, a web design & development major, who also has a master’s degree from Cal State Fullerton. She works at Aetna;
  • Imellise (Mimi) Gonzalez A’15,’17, M ’18, earned an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in psychology at UHart and a master’s degree in organizational psychology here as well. She works as a human resources administrator at Stanley Black and Decker and as a video producer for Ten Out of Ten Productions.
  • Isaiah Mohammed, MBA’18, who is a product manager at Pratt & Whitney;
  • Karishma Pinto ’17, M’18 who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication at UHart. She works for the Hartford Yard Goats baseball team;
  • Alyssa Reaves ’17 who earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at UHart and worked as assistant basketball coach at Southern New Hampshire University;
  • Shanique Reid ’19 who earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in media strategies. She works at Hartford Deportation Defense;
  • Erin Sniffen ’16 who earned a degree in history and works as a private events manager at the New England Air Museum; and
  • Carlos Wilder ’15, who has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UHart and a JD from Suffolk University. He is a Connecticut Superior Court law clerk.

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