Irene Romulo Wins National Hunger Fellowship

Irene Romulo Wins National Hunger Fellowship

Irene Romulo

Irene Romulo, a social policy major, was awarded a 2012 Congressional Hunger Fund Fellowship, which provides both grassroots and public policy experience. She is the first Northwestern winner in four years.

The Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops and inspires leaders in the fight to eliminate hunger and poverty. A project of the Congressional Hunger Center, the fellowship is awarded each year to 20 to 24 people who want to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty.

Romulo applied for the fellowship to work on issues related to poverty while at the same time gaining insight from both a national and local perspective. “Being able to experience working with community-based organizations through direct services and then gaining a wider national policy perspective will be invaluable in helping me to gain a stronger hold on what I want for my future career,” she says.

“Plus, who can say no to the great connections and professional development that will be available to the fellows?” she asks.

For six months fellows are placed in a rural or urban site with community-based organizations involved in fighting hunger at the local level. They complete the fellowship in Washington, D.C., with six months of public policy study at national nonprofit organizations involved in combatting hunger and poverty.

In 2007 social policy graduate David Kane (BS07) was awarded a National Hunger Fellowship.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 9/4/12