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2022 fellowships

CPALS Festival of Hope

Anna Geib
Valerie Nguyen
Tanvi Saran
Mary Virginia Glennon

The Festival of Hope will be an event for UNC pediatric cancer patients, their families, UNC Pediatric Hematology-Oncology clinic staff and CPALS. Pandemic life, being quarantined and unable to leave the house, is something pediatric cancer patients experience throughout their treatment (even in normal times). The Festival of Hope will be a fun and safe opportunity for the kids to get to just be kids. CPALS club members will host activities such as arts and crafts and a dance party, for all to take a break from the stress of treatment and connect with one another.

 

The Lemur Project

Ria Khetan
Avani Pradhan
Shreya Selvavel
Stuti Ramana

The Lemur Project is a campaign focused on raising awareness and taking action for the conservation and rehabilitation of endangered endemic species, such as the lemur. The campaign hopes to bring together like-minded environmentalists through reaching out to local high schools and organizations within the Chapel Hill community. The activities of this project include organizing educational discussions, speaker events, and informative PSAs and booths. The campaign also serves to shed further light on issues pertaining to animal welfare, specifically the illegal animal trade and lack of animal ownership regulation in NC.

 

Menstrual Cups for Menstrual Equity

Adelina Grusca
Rebecca Stern

Menstrual Cups for Menstrual Equity aims to stop period poverty and create long-term menstrual equity in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area by providing free menstrual products to menstruators in need. Additionally, Menstrual Cups for Menstrual Equity aims to increase education and awareness as well as decrease the stigma surrounding menstrual cups and menstrual equity by creating pamphlets, infographics, and presentations in both Spanish and English. The main partner for Menstrual Cups for Menstrual Equity will be the Compass Center in Chapel Hill.

 

Outreach Program by the TEACH Initiative

Caroline Clodfelter
Zakari Billo
Harlie Ramsey
Ben Gorman

The Outreach Program by the TEACH Initiative provides tailored talks with North Carolina high
school students through evidence-based presentations on mental health and substance use. The
mental health curriculum focuses on depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, and the substance
use curriculum focuses on cocaine, benzodiazepines, methamphetamine, and opioids. The opioid
and mental health crisis significantly impacts youth, and while existing organizations have
circulated information on these societal issues, the TEACH Initiative fills a niche that existing
programs do not cover. The lessons, taught by UNC undergraduates, focus on prevention and
harm reduction and are packaged in a low-intensity, supportive, and conversational format,
intending to eliminate common knowledge gaps and approach students as older peers. This
near-peer educational model is more engaging and encouraging than traditional models,
improving program efficacy and increasing students’ confidence to seek additional support for
themselves and others. Students need the tools to recognize prevalent mental health concerns and
psychiatric conditions and overcome psychological care barriers. Understanding the risks
associated with mixing drugs and what to do during an overdose would promote the idea of harm
reduction while discouraging use, arming a generation with the tools to respond to substance use
emergencies.

 

Visibility Forward

Brooke Chow
Aimee Yan
Michael Zhang
Pratyush Seshadri

Visibility Forward is an educational organization that seeks to increase the teaching of Asian American history in secondary school classrooms throughout the United States. To that end, the organization plans to compile a comprehensive catalogue of resources that educators can utilize and incorporate into their own lesson plans. Visibility Forward plans to implement change through policy development to ensure knowledge of Asian American issues and understanding within North Carolina and the broader US. In light of anti-Asian violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, Visibility Forward’s ultimate goal is to increase public well-being and safety, increase Asian American visibility, and create a more compassionate society.