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Colin Powell Graduate Fellowship

The Colin Powell Graduate Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service is a one-year program that enables graduate students to use their developing academic expertise to address urgent social justice issues for African Americans and other underserved communities. Fellows work with a faculty or community sponsor to develop a thoughtful project that impacts the public. In addition, fellows attend seminars that meet regularly throughout the year, special events, and other professional development activities. applicant should be included. If applicable, sponsors should work in conjunction with the candidate to demonstrate that their project is in compliance with Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol and procedures. Sponsors must be willing to supervise the graduate fellow’s work throughout the year, providing guidance and suggesting relevant resources or skill-building tools as necessary. Sponsors may not offer support for more than one applicant per academic year.

The fellowship starts in the Fall semester each year. Applications will open in January 2024.

Program Contact

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Fellowships and Student Success Program Coordinator

Christine Garmendiz

Program Contact

Director of Fellowship Programs & Office of Student Success

Debbie Cheng

Sponsorship

Prior to applying for the fellowship, students must secure a sponsor, identify a specific project, and work in conjunction with their sponsor to create a realistic and thoughtful work plan for the year. Sponsors may be a faculty member at City College or at the CUNY Graduate Center, or a professional in a leadership role at a nonprofit organization or government agency. If the project is already underway, a clear description of the roles and responsibilities to be carried out by the applicant should be included. If applicable, sponsors should work in conjunction with the candidate to demonstrate that their project is in compliance with Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocol and procedures. Sponsors must be willing to supervise the graduate fellow’s work throughout the year, providing guidance and suggesting relevant resources or skill-building tools as necessary. Sponsors may not offer support for more than one applicant per academic year.

Support

Each fellow will receive a maximum of $12,000 for the academic year.

Project

Fellows may decide, in conjunction with their sponsor, to pursue a project of their own creation, or assist their sponsor in an ongoing, established research project. Students can choose to design and execute an independent study of a particular social phenomenon, serve as a research associate for a community-based organization, or carry out predetermined responsibilities for a faculty-sponsored project that is already underway. All projects must address social justice issues impacting African Americans and other underserved populations.

Project Proposal

Please describe the project you hope to complete during the course of the fellowship. Your project proposal should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words and include the following:

  • A clear rationale for why you have chosen to pursue this project and how it might serve to further the conversation on a pressing social justice issue and/or impact an underserved community;
  • A draft outline of your proposed work plan, including a discussion of deliverables and outcomes;
  • Whether your sponsor is a faculty member or a professional in a leadership role at a nonprofit organization or government agency;
  • Whether the project is part of established, ongoing research or newly created.

Eligibility

Applicants for the 2024-2025 fellowship:

  • must be a full-time student from at CCNY Fall 2024 to Spring 2025 enrolled in one of the graduate programs offered through the Colin Powell School
  • have no GPA or citizenship requirement
  • must submit a project proposal and two recommendation letters, including one from a faculty or community sponsor

All applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Feb. 28, 2024. Please submit all your materials, with the exception of the recommendation letters, through the application form. Advise your recommender to email their letters to cpsfellowships@gmail.com by Feb. 28. We will confirm that we have received your application two to four weeks after submission.

2023-2024 Colin Powell Graduate Fellows

Alexandria Selloni

Alexandria Selloni is a second-year graduate student in psychology at CCNY. She is a research assistant in Dr. Anglin’s Clinical and Social Epidemiology Lab at CCNY and also assists with research in Mount Sinai’s Psychosis Risk Program. After completing her undergraduate degree in psychology at SUNY Purchase, Alexandria spent 3 years working in the Schizophrenia and Neuropharmacology Research Group at Yale. Alexandria is passionate about increasing the understanding of mental illness through robust research findings that can translate to clinical interventions at the community level. As a fellow, Alexandria will conduct her master’s thesis on social determinants and genetics in psychotic disorders from a large diverse database. She aims to lay the groundwork for an inclusive bio-social model to elucidate the impact of social-environmental factors on gene expression in psychosis. She hopes to expand on these findings in her doctoral work to promote policy changes for reducing mental health disparities.

 

Mayté Hernández Burgos

Mayté Hernández Burgos was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. There, she completed a bachelor’s in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus. After researching the effects of stress in cocaine relapse in Dr. Carmen Maldonado-Vlaar’s neuropsychopharmacology laboratory, Mayté moved to New York City where she completed a master’s in Developmental Psychology at CUNY.  While completing a class assignment, Mayté was exposed to the vast needs suffered by the low-income BIPOC community in Harlem, New York City. Mayté developed an interest in mental health social work and currently works in one of Manhattan’s best mental health non-profit organizations while completing a master’s in Public Administration at CCNY. Mayté is passionate about using her skills to serve her community and advance social equity, especially in healthcare. Mayté believes in accessible high-quality mental health services for all and has plans of opening a mental health non-profit in Puerto Rico. 

Ramdat Singh

Ramdat Singh (he/him/his) is a proud Queer, Hindu, Guyanese living in the Bronx. In 2022, Singh was elected District Leader of the 81st Assembly District in the northwest Bronx. He made history by becoming the first openly queer Indo-Caribbean elected in New York State. Singh has been a special education teacher for 8 years and an advocate for education policy reform. For over 10 years, he worked in political organizing, managing political campaigns, and civic engagement. Previously, he was the Director of Civic Engagement for the Caribbean Equality Project, bringing his vast electoral experience to the organization. Singh is a Board Member of the Bronx’s Community Board 8, serving on the Parks and Education Committees and Caribbean Equality Project. He has been an avid campaigner to make Diwali an NYC Department of Education school holiday. Singh received his MS.Ed from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor’s in political science and public policy from the City College of New York. He is pursuing his MPA from the Colin Powell School of the City College of New York. Moreover, he is a fellow in the inaugural Bridges NY fellowship for civic-minded leaders.

Madeline Cepeda

Madeline Cepeda is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at The City College of New York. She is a first generation immigrant from the Dominican Republic, and the first in her family to pursue a doctoral degree. She decided to attend CCNY because of its diversity, its social justice mission, and the dedicated leaders in the field of clinical psychology. She is interested in continuing to work with BIPOC impacted by the criminal justice system  and is hoping to expand research in this area. 

Sunita Ochoa

Sunita is a third year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Phd. Program at CCNY. She is interested in assessments, language, immigrant communities, and the impact of acculturation stress and trauma on health outcomes. Sunita is dedicated to working with and increasing accessibility for immigrant families. She earned her BA from the School of Visual Arts, and her MA from Lesley University. Prior to attending CCNY, she worked as an art therapist in an acute setting with children and in outpatient agencies for children and families.  

Hailey Wojcik

Hailey Wojcik is a fourth year Doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at CCNY. She was born in Michigan, and received her bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing at Western Michigan University. She completed her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University with a certificate from the Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project, LGBTQ concentration. She worked with neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks from 2008 to 2015. She is also a musician and visual artist. She is a member of the PRIME Center for Health Equity, an interdisciplinary research and clinical team at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. As a fellow, she will conduct research and community-participatory activities in the Bronx, NY to investigate racial and ethnic disparities in access to quality mental healthcare among transgender and nonbinary people. This project addresses multiple urgent social justice concerns, including effects of systemic racism and transphobia as they manifest in New York City hospital systems.