Tricia Alexander is in her master’s program studying public health nutrition at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. She is also a Dietetic Intern and aspires to be a Registered Dietitian providing services to marginalized communities. Her passion for nutrition and health equity is grounded in her understanding of how systems like the criminal justice system disenfranchise neglected communities, especially the children within them. She completed an internship with Perspectives, Inc. where she utilized trauma-informed practices to provide social and nutrition education to children in their after school programs. She continues to volunteer with the pre-K group there. During her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University, she mentored first-year African American students during their transition to college and assisted the Black/African American Cultural Center in their Rites of Passage Program to build community with these first-year students. She plans to use her experiences in mentorship and community building to inform the work she hopes to do in CIC.
Tess Fahlgren arrived from Montana, where she worked directly with children of all backgrounds through her role as Teaching Artist for the Art Mobile of Montana, a traveling art education non-profit. Prior to that, she taught art and creative writing in a rural high school. Tess is an MFA candidate for Creative Writing — Nonfiction at the University of Minnesota, where she is writing a thesis on the value of art education for underserved youth.
Claire Stobb is a senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities majoring in Sociology with an emphasis in Policy Analysis, and minors in Public Health and Spanish. Claire began working in criminal justice research just over a year ago on the All Square Institute Study in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Sociology. Her background in public health and incarceration has also informed her interest in criminal justice and sentencing reform– especially as it relates to children. Claire looks forward to leveraging these passions at CIC to serve families impacted by incarceration. Following graduation in the Spring of 2021, Claire plans to attend law school focusing on public interest law and advocacy.
Sophie Schafer is a senior at Carleton College. She is a math major with a passion for nonprofit work and social justice. In Oakland, CA and Northfield, MN she has spent time mentoring at local elementary schools, working with teachers and students alike as they needed. She started a summer camp for neighborhood children that she ran for 5 years before moving to Minnesota for college. Last summer she worked for Devine and Gong, Inc., a consulting firm working with the Oakland School District to provide affordable housing to teachers. In the future, Sophie hopes to use her technical and quantitative skills to bring support to the nonprofit world and create important changes in neglected communities.