Three MSLOC Students Named Education Pioneers Fellows

Three MSLOC Students Named Education Pioneers Fellows

Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) students Amber Barger, Jessica Domijan and Stanley Fong have been awarded Education Pioneers Fellowships for this summer. Education Pioneers, a nonprofit organization focused on transforming K-12 urban education, selects top graduate students across the nation to support nonprofit partners and build a national leadership network.

Amber Barger

Amber Barger
Barger was selected for an Education Pioneers Graduate Fellowship in Houston, Texas. She will be assessing and designing the total rewards system for employees at Reasoning Mind, a non-profit organization offering an engaging online community that develops students’ math knowledge and thinking skills.

Barger applied to be an Education Pioneers Fellow to be able to work on a strategic human capital project while capitalizing on her previous experiences in the education sector. “The MSLOC program has prepared me for this opportunity by exposing me to theories and methods of organizational behavior and strategic change to better develop holistic solutions to complex problems,” she says.

Jessica Domijan
Domijan was placed with Teach for America's alumni affairs team in Chicago, where she will be working on strategic development projects related to advancing women and people of color in the after-corps program in corporate, nonprofit or internal positions. “Social policy issues, education and learning have always been my greatest passions, and my personal experience as a first-generation college student left me keenly attuned to both the opportunities that a high-quality education can bring and the current disparities in education access and outcomes,” she says.

Jessica Domijan

When Domijan worked as a senior management consultant with Accenture, specializing in human capital strategy and learning initiatives, her interest in social entrepreneurship and innovation grew as she volunteered for education projects and organizations. Then as a fellow with Vittana, an entrepreneurial start-up in international education microfinance, she directed a Peruvian microfinance organization’s first available education loan as part of a broader mission to increase access to higher education in developing countries.

As a Northwestern MSLOC student, Domijan is focusing on strategic change in education and hopes to pursue a career advancing education quality and academic outcomes for all students. “The Education Pioneers program presents an excellent opportunity to directly apply my professional skills and experiences while learning firsthand about the unique challenges faced by domestic education organizations,” she says.

Stanley Fong

Stanley Fong
Fong will work at Teach for America’s Chicago office, providing support the professional recruitment team. Specifically, he will analyze career sector and graduate school data as he develops recommendations for the next recruitment season to engage and interest STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professionals to join the teaching profession.

“My passion is in nonprofit and public service,” says Fong. “I draw inspiration and strength from serving people and meaningful causes.” His past experience includes working with vulnerable families, helping job seekers acquire skills and secure jobs, nurturing volunteers and establishing partnerships in local communities.

“Through those experiences, I saw how education (or the lack of it) played a huge role in shaping individuals, families and communities. I see K-12 education as a foundation to these, being upstream and formative in nurturing curiosity for the world and learning, equipping skills for lifelong growth, and socializing one to enriching relationships. I thought it would be meaningful to apply the skills from the MSLOC program towards this larger good, and also get some sensing of my longer-term fit with this cause."

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 11/11/14