2018 Fellows

Maslen Bode Ward

Maslen is a rising junior in Stiles. Originally from Boston, she is double majoring in Applied Math and Ethnicity, Race and Migration. Maslen spent her summer at Step Up Savannah, a nonprofit which engages all sectors of the community to improve the economic mobility and financial stability of families in Savannah, Chatham County, on their Racial Equity Lens project. 

"I am researching the historical and current policies that have contributed to the racial wealth divide in Savannah, Chatham County through conducting interviews with individuals throughout the Savannah community and working closely with professors at local universities. My goal is to develop educational tools for staff and volunteers at Step Up Savannah on the history of the racial wealth gap, as well as to identify and suggest solutions for three local policies that contribute to the wealth divide for immediate advocacy efforts."

Step Up Savannah | stepupsavannah.org

Anna Milliken

Anna Milliken is a rising junior in Stiles from all over the place—Nebraska, North Carolina and New York. A Humanities major, Anna spent  her Go South summer at the Georgia Historical Society in downtown Savannah. 

"I'm working on a variety of projects for GHS education programs. I am putting together a list of sites and facilities in Georgia to be added to the National Park Registry's Network to Freedom, an interactive map of the Underground Railroad and other slave resistance. I am also working on bringing our vast collection of primary sources to eighth graders in Georgia public schools and integrating these sources into their Georgia history curriculum. I am learning so much about the Georgia public school Standards of Excellence and how teachers must adhere to these rules while teaching. "

Georgia Historical Society | georgiahistory.com

Heeral McGhee

Heeral is a rising junior in Trumbull originally from Americus, Georgia. An Ethics, Politics and Economics major, Heeral's placement site last summer was the Chatham-Savannah Homeless Authority. 

"I am helping professor Marc Roark collect data about homelessness in the Savannah. Specifically, I am making contact with past evictees to learn about their eviction experience and their lives afterward. I will gather these stories and create ethnographic records of their lives in Savannah."

Chatham-Savannah Homeless Authority | homelessauthority.org

Olivia Paschal

Olivia Paschal is a graduate of Pierson College, an Arkansan, and one of Go South's co-founders. In addition to supporting Go South fellows and our partner organizations last summer, she worked at Lutheran Services of Georgia's Refugee Services program. 

"I've been working with the Refugee Services program at LSG to develop strategies for community engagement with Savannah's diverse refugee population. I hosted a meeting to hear directly from our refugee community about what sort of support they would like as they become involved with Savannah's broader community, and I'm working with other organizations across the city and Chatham County to ensure their organizations are as inclusive of the refugee population as possible. I'm also developing a guidebook with information about public services, community organizations, local arts & culture, and events that we'll distribute to the refugee community in Savannah and our new arrivals!"

Lutheran Services of Georgia | lsga.org/savannah

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