Swarthmore College Junior Wins Rockefeller Brothers Teaching Fellowship

For Immediate Release:  April 26, 2006
Contact:  Marsha Nishi Mullan     
610-328-8535      
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Swarthmore College Junior Wins Rockefeller Brothers Teaching Fellowship

Sabrina Stevens of Edison, N.J., a junior at Swarthmore College, has been named a Rockefeller Brothers Fund Teaching Fellow.  She is one of 25 college juniors from 16 participating institutions to receive the 2006 Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color.  The daughter of Diane and Errick Stevens, she is a 2003 graduate of Edison Township High School.

Each fellow receives up to $22,100 over a five-year period that begins this summer and ends after completion of three years of public school teaching.  Incoming fellows are required to complete a summer project between their junior and senior years.  Stevens will design and run a workshop this summer on media literacy in hip hop as part of the Youth Arts and Peace Camp for high school students in Chester, Pa.  Her goal is to raise students' awareness of how messages are created and conveyed, thereby giving students the tools they need to examine more critically the messages they receive to become more active/informed consumers of mass media.  The workshop will also deal with how gender and African American culture are represented in the media.

At Swarthmore, Stevens is a member of the Swarthmore Foundation Committee, which grants funds for community service projects, and is an interviewer for the Admissions Office.  She also sings with the a cappella group Essence of Soul and dances with Terpsichore.