Four 2013 SESP Graduates Named NUPIP Fellows

Four 2013 SESP Graduates Named NUPIP Fellows

Four 2013 graduates of the School of Education and Social Policy were selected as fellows of the Northwestern University Public Interest Program (NUPIP). Lafayette Cruise, Tania Murillo, Jessi Sharpe and Adriana Stanovici will work with Chicago nonprofit organizations as NUPIP fellows.

NUPIP is a one-year fellowship that helps train a new generation of leaders for social change through paid public interest work, professional development seminars and mentorship by Northwestern alumni. NUPIP introduces fellows to organizations that create systemic social change and enables these organizations to capitalize on the abilities of Northwestern graduates. 

Lafayette Cruise

Lafayette Cruise
Cruise is working in the research and analysis division of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).  As he draws on data about the Chicago metropolitan area, he uses software to look at trends and gather information. The analysis that his division does allows CMAP to implement numerous planning projects in line with the long-term GO TO 2040 regional plan.

Cruise says, “I applied for NUPIP because it gave me an opportunity to engage with the city of Chicago in a way that I hadn't while at Northwestern. I found appealing that along with working alongside a public interest organization within the city, PIP fellows network and receive mentoring from people involved in Chicago civic life. I was more than sold when I was offered a placement with CMAP. This is like the ultimate public interest organization, working towards making the Chicago metropolitan area an even better place to live.”

Tania Murillo
Murillo’s fellowship is with Rickover Naval Academy, a military high school within the Chicago Public Schools system. This college preparatory school established in 2005 on the north side of Chicago uses the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program and seeks to instill leadership, discipline, problem-solving, citizenship and cooperation to prepare graduates to become leaders. Murillo was a social policy major at SESP.

Jessi Sharpe

Jessi Sharpe
Sharpe is working with Baker College Prep, a new charter high school in Chicago. “I am helping to get things started — we are a brand new charter school in South Chicago and we have a lot to do!” Once school starts, Sharpe will be assisting students on their group projects, tutoring, coordinating student volunteer trips and helping to communicate with Spanish-speaking parents. She will also help to recruit students from middle school to enroll the following year.

Sharpe says, “I wanted to apply to PIP because I was unsure exactly what I wanted to do next year and PIP will expose me to a variety of pathways so I can better decide. It will also help me maintain a community and help me find an awesome job in Chicago. I’m excited to start!”

Adriana Stanovici

Adriana Stanovici
Stanovici is currently working in member services with the McCormick Tribune YMCA. In that role, she connects with members and communicates information about all aspects of the Y.

“I chose to work with the Y because it serves as a hub for the community and combines a practical necessity such as exercising … with their mission of promoting healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. The impact and reach of the organization is international, and I'm proud to be a part of it.”

One of the hallmarks of NUPIP, which is modeled after Princeton University's Project 55 program, is that fellows participate in weekly seminars and alumni mentoring. At the seminars, where NUPIP Fellows join Princeton and University of Chicago graduates, experts address relevant topics, and fellows discuss common challenges and satisfactions of working for the social good.

Alumni mentors work with fellows in their various fields of interest. The program continually seeks alumni mentors in Chicago as well as in other cities who wish to participate. Any SESP alumnus who knows of networking opportunities or is interested in engaging in with this student group may contact NUPIP at nupip@northwestern.edu.

SESP students have led the NUPIP program since its inception. NUPIP was founded in 2005 by SESP alumni Jon Marino (BS05) and Lauren Parnell (BS06), along with School of Communication professor Paul Arntson and SESP faculty member John Kretzmann. The three coordinators of NUPIP during the 2012-13 academic year were SESP students Becca Portman (BS13), Alexa Herzog (BS13) and senior Josh Parish.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/20/17