Inquiry Magazine Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy

Fall 2016

Two SESP Graduates at National Security Council
Two SESP Graduates at National Security Council Amy Rosenband and Dianna English

Former roommates Dianna English and Amy Rosenband, both 2004 SESP graduates who majored in social policy, are now staff members with the National Security Council at the White House.

English is director for African affairs. Previously she served as program director for the Bureau of International Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rosenband is director for hazard mitigation and risk reduction policy on the National Security Council staff and previously was acting director for strategy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

During their junior year at Northwestern, the two social policy graduates were roommates for their SESP practicum in Washington, D.C.

Rebecca Crook’s Summer Internship Leads to Education Career in Africa

Rebecca Crook’s Summer Internship Leads to Education Career in Africa
Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Crook

For Rebecca Crook (BS11), a Northwestern summer internship grant after junior year took her to Kenya to work for Nairobi Hospital’s Gender Violence Recovery Center. Now she is back in Kenya as program director of the education development organization Dignitas, which partners with Nairobi schools to provide leadership training, coaching and professional development.

Last year Crook served as the principal of a school in South Africa through SPARK Schools. Before that, she taught bilingual kindergarten in California and founded a school in Johannesburg.

In addition, Crook is starting a participatory movement to recognize educators around the globe. Recently the Museum of African Design featured her stunning photos in an exhibit about education. On a trip across southern Africa, she photographed teachers, leaders, parents and students in 25 schools.

Arianna Stanovici Finds Power of Practicum

Arianna Stanovici Finds Power of Practicum

“I have always had the drive to improve the society that we live in. This passion is what drew me to SESP as a student, where I gained the tools and knowledge to make a positive impact,” says Adriana Stanovici (BS13). She recently started a job in the international department of YMCA of the USA—the same department where she did her practicum during college.

“My practicum experience has come full circle,” says Stanovici, whose title is project coordinator for global initiatives. She has had a range of experiences with the YMCA, from local to international. After graduation, she spearheaded a new health and wellness department at a YMCA in Logan Square, and last year she volunteered in Panama with the YMCA on community programs.

Jeanne Olson (MS96) Makes Chicago Public Schools Data More Accessible Photo by Lisa Beth Anderson
Jeanne Olson (MS96) Makes Chicago Public Schools Data More Accessible

SESP alumna and adjunct instructor Jeanne Marie Olson (MS96) is committed to making information about the Chicago school system more accessible. In a recent effort to create public awareness, she mapped the impact of a major proposal to cut school funding.

When some of the city’s principals were asked to prepare for a 39 percent funding cut based on student enrollment, Olson swiftly mapped the impact school by school on her Apples 2 Apples blog. “As a researcher/consultant/designer,” she says on her blog, “I do aspire to helping others engage with the data and what it can tell us about our schools, our communities, our priorities and our kids.”