Two public policy concentrators completed theses and will graduate with honors in May. Ian Eppler presented “Social and Health Effects of Prisons on Prison Host Communities” and Bradley Silverman presented “Voting Rights, Politics and Racial Prejudice -- Implementing Section Five of the Voting Rights Act in a Complex Enforcement” to peers and Taubman Center faculty on May 1.
Silverman received the Noah Krieger Prize for Academic Excellence, a prize awarded by the Taubman Center to a graduating senior with outstanding academic achievements. Established by his family in 1995 to honor the memory of Noah Krieger ’93, the Krieger Prize recognizes a graduating senior for academic achievement in the public policy and American institutions concentration.
Silverman is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political honor society and Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international economics honor society. Last year he received a Royce Fellowship for research related to his senior thesis. Silverman was president of the Brown chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union in addition to being a board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island. He was news manager for WBRU-FM, legal affairs editor for the Brown Political Review, and was a writer for the Brown Daily Herald. He has interned at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Rhode Island Commission of Human Rights, the New Republic and at several Congressional offices. Silverman is interested in public interest law and will attend Columbia University School of Law next fall.
Graduating seniors Brittany Davis and Elizabeth Stein received the Public Policy Service Award for outstanding service to the Taubman Center. Davis and Stein co-led the Department Undergraduate Group for the past two years. During their tenure, the two students suggested speakers for the Center’s endowed lecture series, organized open houses at the Center for current and prospective concentrators, and staffed campus concentration fairs to promote the public policy concentration to other undergraduates.
Ten students received $4,000 each to pursue an internship under the Happy and John Hazen White, Sr. Internship program. They are:
Alvina Pillai ’14 Office of Congressman David Cicilline
Michael D’Ortenzio PPAI ’15 Research Assistant to Professor Ross Cheit/Intake Division, Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office
Jasmine Fuller PPAI ’15 Rhode Island Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, Providence, RI
Kyle Giddon PPAI ’15 City of New York, Department of Small Business Services
Shane Grannum PPAI ’15 Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Washington, D.C.
Marina Heranandez PPAI ’15 Office of Senator Barbara Boxer, Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Morgan PPAI ’14 Office of the Chief Executive, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Washington, D.C.
Asia Nelson PPAI ’15 United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Daniel Sack PPAI ’14 Research Assistant to Professor Ross Cheit
Luke Taylor PPAI ’13 Alameda County Probation Department, Family Preservation Unit, Oakland, California