Each year, the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Community Service Fellowship Program (CSFP) provides opportunities for GSD students to apply the skills they have developed in their academic programs through direct involvement with projects that address public needs and community concerns at the local, national, and international level.
CSFP opportunities fall into six categories. Greater Boston Area Community Service Fellowships, the original program, focuses on providing funding for students to work in the greater Boston area. In the past, students receiving this fellowship have worked with organizations such as the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston office of the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) also supports additional community service fellowships for students obtaining internships or other volunteer opportunities with organizations whose work focuses on housing, the built environment, or community development through the Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellowship.
Other programs include the Doebele Community Service Fellowship, conceived in 2010 on the occasion of the Loeb Fellowship’s 40th anniversary and offering a stipend to bring design and planning skills to a non-profit or government organization. The Harvard Club of New York Fellowship supports a student working in New York. Established in 2018, the Wendy Evans Joseph MArch 81 Community Service Fund provides stipends for students doing internships in the not-for-profit or public sector throughout the United State, with a focus on potential for enduring impact in underserved or economically disadvantaged communities.
In addition to the five domestic programs, the International Travel Community Service Fellowships support GSD students in traveling overseas to work in nonprofit or government settings.
This year’s awardees and their summer employers are:
Greater Boston Community Service Fellows
Dana Hills (MLA ’20) will be working with Mystic River Watershed Association in Arlington, MA.
Jennifer Kaplan (MUP ’19) will be working with Boston Harbor Now in Boston, MA.
Vish Srivastava (MDE ’19) will be working with IDEO in San Francisco, CA.
Paul Caporaso (MUP ’19) will be working with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in Portland, OR.
Vivek Hv (MDE ’19) will be working with Utopia in Cambridge, MA.
Ben Sadkowski (MUP ’19) will be working with Massachusetts Port Authority in Boston, MA.
Hanna Kim (MDes ’19) will be working with Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, AL.
Malika Leiper (MUP ’19) will be working with Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell in Lowell, MA.
Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellows
Juan Reynoso (MUP ’19) will be working with the Office of Assemblyman Todd Gloria in Sacramento, CA.
Maura Barry-Garland (MUP ’19) will be working with the South Boston Development Corporation in Boston, MA.
Chandra Rouse (MUP ’19) will be working with the South East Chicago Commission in Chicago, IL.
Kathryn Gourley (MUP ’19) will be working with the City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Internship Program in Philadelphia, PA.
Maria De La Luz Lobos Martinez (MLA ’19) will be working with the Emerald Network Initiative of Livable Streets in Boston, MA.
Gloria Chang (MArch/MDes ’19) will be working with the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI.
Gabriel Ramos (MUP ’19) will be working with Africatown Preservation & Development Association in Seattle, WA.
Christin Hu (MLA ’19) will be working with YouthBuild Boston in Boston, MA.
Francisco Colom Jover (MDes ’19) will be working with Mass Design in Boston, MA.
Emma Phillips (MUP ’19) will be working with the Garden School Foundation in Los Angeles, CA.
Doebele Community Service Fellows
John Wagner (MArch ’19) will be working with the Louisville Metro Government in Louisville, KY.
Evangeline Sheridan (MLA ’19) will be working with the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, NM.
The Harvard Club of New York Fellow
Samuel Maddox (MDes ’19) will be working with Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, NY.
Wendy Evans Joseph MArch ’81 Community Service Fund
Eric Moed (MDes ’19) will be working with Horizons for Homeless Children in Boston, MA.
International Travel Community Service Fellows
Matthew Macchietto (MLA ’19) will be traveling to Toronto, Canada to work for Park People.
Ciara Stein and Andy Lee (both MUP ’19) will be traveling to Dhaka, Bangladesh to work for the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes & Settlements.
Betzabe Valdes Lopez (MDes ’19) will be traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico to work for Cooperacion Comunitaria.
Ines Benitez Gomez (MDes ’19) and Melissa Narajo (MLA ’19) will be traveling to Arganil, Portugal to work on a community service project for the Arganil Municipality with Silvia Benedito.
Eduardo Pelaez (MDes ’19) will be traveling to Bangkok, Thailand to work for Design for Disasters.
Loyiso Qaqane (MAUD ’19), Mariana Guimares (MUP/MPH ’19), and Alicia Valencia (MDes ’19) will be traveling to Tirana, Albania to work for the Tirana Municipality.
Additionally, three students will be receiving international travel funding through a special grant from the Joint Center for Housing Studies.
Laura Lopez Cardenas (MUP ’19) and Aranzazu de Arino Bello (MDes/MAUD ’19) will be traveling to Tirana, Albania to work for the Tirana Municipality.
Maria Veronica Cardenas Vignes (MAUD ’19) will be traveling to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to work for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Xuanyi Nie (DDes ’20) will be traveling to Egypt and the Philippines to intern with the Food-Water-Energy (FWE) Consortium.
Keep up with the 2018 Fellows this summer via the CSFP Blog.