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2018-2019 Graduate Civic Scholars Announced

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that twelve students have been chosen as 2018-2019 Graduate Civic Scholars. Coming from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, Scholars include master’s and doctoral students at all levels. The GCSP, an innovative professional development opportunity, provides graduate students interested in community and public engagement, action-based research, and social justice with an enhanced understanding of the role of scholarship in these endeavors.

The Graduate Civic Scholars for 2018-2019 are:


  • Katya Altman, Environmental Health Sciences (PhD)
  • Brooke Chehoski, Social Work (PhD)
  • Emily Fox, Education Administration (PhD)
  • RoKami Gillette, Teaching and Learning (PhD)
  • Akeen Hamilton, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior (PhD)
  • Eboni Haynes, Health Services Policy and Management (PhD)
  • Tara Kenworthy, Clinical-Community Psychology (PhD)
  • Laura MacGowan, English Literature (MA)
  • Jennifer Mandelbaum, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (PhD)
  • Ayan Mitra, Teaching and Learning (PhD)
  • Sabrina Raber, Music Performance (MM)
  • Nicholas Resciniti, Epidemiology (PhD)


The Scholars come from five USC colleges: Arts and Sciences; Education; Music; Public Health; and Social Work. Their proposed projects range from creating literature education programs in prison to developing a percussion ensemble arts education program for Columbia children who live in shelters. The GCSP emphasizes the importance of collaboration between university and community partners and cohort-based professional development. Scholars in this interdisciplinary program will present their findings at Discover USC in April 2019 and receive a transcript notation upon completion of the program.   

The GCSP, begun in 2015, is organized by the Graduate School in cooperation with the Career Center, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Student Engagement, Graduate Student Association, and Center for Teaching Excellence. Professors Allison Marsh (History) and Lucy Ingram (Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior) serve as Co-Directors for 2018-2019.