2016/17 Shriver Program Undergraduate Fellows
Mary Blair | AB'19
Mary is a second year double-majoring in Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies and Political Sciences. In addition to the Shriver Fellowship, she is also involved with the Chicago Peace Corps, a restorative justice program created by the first class of Shriver Fellows, as well as the Leaders of Color Initiative at the IOP. She also serves as the Vice President of the Organization of Black Students and plays on the Women's Rugby Team. In her spare time she enjoys reading, sitting by the lake, and thrift shopping. She is incredibly excited to be a Shriver Fellow this year, and cannot wait to create an impactful program to serve Chicago communities.
Darien Dey | AB'20
Darien is a first year in the College from Guyana, South America. Although currently aspiring to major in Sociology, Darien’s true passion is Education. Darien spends most of her time as a board member and mentor of Dream Outside The Box, an organization designed to propel youth in the Southside of Chicago by producing imaginative programming in places considered dream deserts and a board member of the Leaders of Color program, right here at the IOP. In her future, Darien plans to explore her entrepreneurial passion for education in developing nations by one day opening her very own school, specifically in Guyana, her homeland.
Owen Elrifi | AB'19
Owen is a second year student from Rye, New York prospectively majoring in Public Policy and Neuroscience and minoring in Human Rights. He became passionate about public service in high school through his extensive work with Habitat for Humanity, and solidified his interest in addressing social justice issues through Chicago Bound, a pre-orientation problem run by the IOP and University Community Service Center, that explores such issues in Chicago. At the IOP, Owen has previously worked as a Fellows Ambassador for political journalist Jeff Greenfield. On campus, he is a senior health educator for Peer Health Exchange, a member of the Campaigns Team for GlobeMed at UChicago, and he is involved in Greek Life. In the future, he hopes to work to reform education policy and address public health issues.
Priyanka Farrell | AB'18
Priyanka is a third year Latin American Studies and Public Policy major from Atlanta, Georgia. She became interested in public service and social justice issues in high school after joining her high school’s volunteer club where she had the chance to work with a range of non profits. At the University of Chicago, Priyanka has participated in clubs such as Peer Health Exchange and Emerging Minds Project. Currently, Priyanka is interning with the National Immigrant Justice Center where she is working with lawyers to help provide legal assistance to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. Priyanka looks forward to participating in the Shriver’s Fellowship program to learn more about different methods to enact social change and to better understand Chicago through a public service and historical lens.
Wendy Lee | AB'18
Wendy is a third year in the College majoring in Public Policy with a focus on environmental health. Raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, she has always been passionate about the conservation of natural and cultural resources. She became interested in pursuing a career in public service after moving to Chicago and observing the significant health disparities present on the South Side. Through the Shriver Fellowship Program, Wendy is eager to learn more about the challenges facing Chicago communities today and about the capabilities and limitations of technology in the context of civic engagement and local government initiatives. Outside of the classroom, she is actively involved with the school newspaper and the Tsogolo la Thanzi Project, a longitudinal study based in Balaka, Malawi. Inspired by her experiences interning at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. this past summer, she has also begun working on a community garden project in Woodlawn.
Devshi Mehrotra | AB'19
Devshi is a second-year computer science major in the College. Partaking in the Seeds of Justice cohort and serving as a member of the Office of Civic Engagement's Student Advisory Board during her first year exposed her to not only a breadth of social justice issues in Chicago but also the ways in which activist efforts in Chicago have helped shape the city. Having interned at Facebook this past summer and accumulated valuable experience in various research capacities, Devshi hopes to apply her growing technical skillset to guide her work in public service. In addition to her involvement with the Shriver Program, she is also a member of Mock Trial, Student Government, and FEMMES. This year, Devshi is looking forward to more directly interacting with the communities neighboring the university and expanding her understanding of the role of public service.
Akash Mukkavilli | AB'19
Akash is a second year in The College from West Windsor, New Jersey, majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies. Akash first became interested in public service during a visit to a rural village in Northern India with an organization called CORD, where he was able to learn different methods and strategies to empower women and children. He has begun to implement these strategies as the Founder of the Mildred Daniels Opportunity Program, a non-profit scholarship program served to encourage education in the state of Mississippi. At the University of Chicago, Akash is a Board Member of Phoenix Funds while a Research Assistant at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics, and hopes to use his economic background to understand incentives in the surrounding Chicago neighborhoods. Akash looks forward to understanding the methodical approaches of Sergeant Shriver, while creatively bringing about a long-term solution in Chicago.
Spencer Reed | AB'19
Spencer is a second year undergraduate at the University of Chicago, where he is studying Political Science and International Relations. He is involved in numerous programs with the Institute of Politics, as well as the UChicago Careers in Education Professions program and community service organizations like Dream Outside the Box. Over the summer, he interned in Chicago with City Year, an AmeriCorps program that places full time volunteers in high need schools across the country to work to close the achievement gap and increase high school graduation rates. He previously served with City Year Philadelphia during a gap year between high school and college. In the future, he hopes to work in the field of public policy and politics, and is particularly interested in education reform, largely as a result of his time working in the Philadelphia Public School District.
Corinne Riley | AB'18
Corinne is a third year at the College majoring in Economics and History. She has spent a considerable amount of her time in college at the Institute of Politics, serving as the Fellows Program Intern and now as a part of the International Policy Program board. Outside of the IOP, she is involved in Model United Nations - through which she competes on the traveling team. She has worked in various social justice programs, specifically at UWC Atlantic College in Wales where she volunteered for the RNLI (the Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and worked on two Social Justice Conferences discussing refugees’ rights and women’s rights in specific regions. She is looking forward to developing these ideas even further through the Shriver program.
Jacobo Rothner | AB'19
Jacobo is a second-year in the College from Los Angeles, California double majoring in Public Policy and Classics. Jacobo's passion for social justice developed at an early age thanks to his parents–his father practices union-side labor law, and his mother teaches high school English. Jacobo believes strongly in a shared responsibility to the public interest. This belief led to internships at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE). This past summer he was honored to work in the policy office at the United States Department of Labor under the Obama administration. His passion carries over into his work at the University of Chicago where he plans to study wealth-inequality, labor policy, and sustainable development. In addition to the Shriver Fellowship, he writes for the undergraduate political review: the Gate, and chairs the UChicago chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is also a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity where he serves on the Philanthropy Committee.
Cori is originally from Seattle, Washington and they look forward to gaining a deeper understanding of Chicago through programs like the Shriver fellowship. Cori is a public policy major particularly interested in education and justice—they are fascinated by different justice theories, by the various mechanisms through which societies seek justice and by the restorative justice movement. In what little spare time Cori has, they are particularly fond of photography, gardening, cooking, bicycle repair and nerding out over theater, books, TV, movies or comics with friends and family.
Katie Weibezahl | AB'17
Katie is a fourth year student, originally from the Los Angeles area. A Political Science major with a minor in Human Rights, her interests include women's rights and peace-building measures in post-conflict zones. She is also interested in the role art can play in shaping politics and people's perceptions. For the past two years, she has worked as a Development Intern at Court Theatre, and is involved at the Institute of Politics as Alumnae Coordinator for the Women in Public Service Program (WPSP), and has previously served as a Fellows and Events Ambassador. Katie looks forward to learning Shriver’s methodologies and developing program implementation skills to better serve her community post-graduation.