Four SESP Graduates Selected as Northwestern Public Interest Fellows

Four SESP Graduates Selected as Northwestern Public Interest Fellows

Four 2015 graduates of the School of Education and Social Policy were selected as fellows for the Northwestern University Public Interest Program (NUPIP). Emily Callahan, Amy Glazier-Torgerson, Alexis Gable and Haley Sonenthal will work with Chicago nonprofit organizations, continuing to pursue interests in public service that they developed during college.

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 work for the public interest and enables these organizations to capitalize on the abilities of Northwestern graduates. 

Emily Callahan

Emily Callahan
Callahan, who majored in social policy, is working at Chapin Hall, a research center at the University of Chicago. Several internship experiences at Northwestern steered Callahan toward public interest work. One was her SESP practicum at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, where she learned about foundation work and nonprofit management, and another was her position as an advocate at the nonprofit agency LIFT-Chicago, where she assisted community members with finding housing, jobs and public benefits.

In addition, Callahan completed a Certificate in Civic Engagement at SESP, which culminated in a capstone project where she and two other students piloted and evaluated an elementary school curriculum for students at an after-school program in Rogers Park. During her senior year, Callahan also worked with SESP professor James Rosenbaum on educational policy research.

Alexis Gable

Alexis Gable
Through NUPIP, Gable has a fellowship at Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the official regional planning organization for northeastern Illinois. Originally from Akron, Ohio, she studied social policy and economics at Northwestern.

At Northwestern, Gable served as a four-year co-chair for the Global Engagement Summit, which brings nonprofit leaders and delegates from around the world to Northwestern for a five-day student-run conference that develops leadership for creating sustainable solutions around the world. During her college years, she also volunteered at LIFT-Chicago and was co-captain of women’s club soccer. Gable says she became interested in housing policy during her sophomore year and has been involved with Chicago city planning ever since.

Amy Glazier-Torgerson

Amy Glazier-Torgerson
For her fellowship Glazier-Torgerson, who is from Seattle, Washington, is a working at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. As a student of social policy and psychology at Northwestern, her passion about the campaign for expanding high-quality early education programs began when she started at Northwestern and has continued ever since. Her involvement with Jumpstart, which supports college students to work with early childhood programs, included three years as a corps member and team leader, one summer as a program development intern for the regional office, and one year as a program assistant.

She also interned at the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., in the early childhood policy department, which she describes as a “transformative experience.” Her SESP senior honors thesis was titled "Emotional Support among Low-Income Mothers Enrolled in a Two-Generation Program." Now she says she is thrilled to continue her research on the two-generation program she studied as well as work on a new study of parent involvement in Illinois preschools.

Haley Sonenthal

Haley Sonenthal
Sonenthal says she is excited to continue to learn as a 2015-2016 Civic Fellow at the Civic Consulting Alliance in Chicago. The organization builds partnerships with business and government to improve the city of Chicago. Sonenthal, who is from Highland Park, Illinois, double majored in learning and organizational change and psychology at Northwestern. During college, she also studied abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

In addition, Sonenthal interned with two Chicago nonprofit organizations: Working in the Schools, a tutoring organization for Chicago Public Schools, and Chicago Cares, a community service and volunteerism organization. On campus, she was the development co-chair of Northwestern Hillel, and she was also involved with Students Consulting for Non-profit Organizations and Supplies for Dreams, a nonprofit that supports Chicago Public Schools students.

NUPIP
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, NUPIP fellows join Princeton and University of Chicago graduates to hear experts address relevant topics and to discuss common challenges and satisfactions of working for the social good.

Northwestern students may apply to the program during their senior year, with applications due in January. The program also seeks alumni mentors who can work with fellows in their various fields of interest. Any SESP alumnus who knows of networking opportunities or is interested in engaging in with this program may contact NUPIP at nupip@northwestern.edu.

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.

By NUPIP and Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/27/17