The 2017-2018 Coro Fellows in Public Affairs spent April 23rd-26th in Washington, D.C., meeting with representatives of advocacy groups, think tanks, and other institutions, researching a number of key national issues with the intention of strengthening their understanding of those issues and further cultivate their leadership skills.
Building upon the work they are doing through Homewood Children’s Village, some Fellows met with My Brother’s Keeper Alliance/Obama Foundation to discuss the MBK Alliance and its future relationship with MBK Pittsburgh. Other topics and organizations include (but were not limited to):
Education: To understand the process for collecting and reporting data about our current education system, focusing on equity measurements and how their research informs policy, Fellows engaged the Aspen Institute – Education & Society Program, the Education Trust, and the Institute of Education Sciences.
Environment: Fellows discussed large-scale activism and how and environmental movements leverage local, state and national politics to achieve environmental justice, and explored the philosophy behind the perception of climate change as a “national security” threat with 350.org, the Center for Climate and Security, the Institute of Policy Studies, the League of Conservation Voters, and the National Caucus for Environmental Legislators.
Immigration: Fellows deepened their awareness of current policy research being done in the immigration sector and the impact research has on policy decisions through conversations with representatives of the Migration Policy Institute, the Religious Action Center, Women for Women International, and the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights. The fellows were able to discuss elements of the Green Card application process in great detail. This included deepening their knowledge of immigration forms such as i-765. (Form i-765 essentially allows foreign nationals working in the US to obtain a work permit).
This journey was made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Fellows, and with the additional support of the Coro network.