SBAN UII Lang Center Interns
Thanks to generous contributions from Swarthmore Black Alumni Network members in 2016, SBAN was able to support five student summer internships through the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility. Under the leadership of Professor Keith Reeves '88, students are serving as Urban Inequality and Incarceration Legal Interns.
The interns working on the legal side of the incarceration-inequality ledger are partnering with the Chester Youth Justice Project under the leadership of Attorney Stefanie McArdle-Taylor. In addition, they are mentored by attorneys from the firm Keller, Lisgar and Williams, LLP. Meanwhile, the interns working on the school-to-prison pipeline work at the Chester Community Charter School.
SBAN | UII Scholars: In their own words
Davis Logan '17
Born in Lancaster, Pa. and raised in Princeton, N.J. and Richmond, Ind., Davis Ogima Logan is proud of his Black and Ojibwa heritages. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, he majored in Political Science, with minors in Black Studies and Latin American Studies. He was a member of Swarthmore’s African American Student Society (SASS) and was a founding member, and later co-president, of the Swarthmore Indigenous Students Association (SISA). At Swarthmore, he discovered the joys of playing Capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian game, dance and fighting art and continues to practice today. Activists and law-practitioners such as Bryan Stevenson, Kimberley Crenshaw and Ralph Nader inspire him to attend law school. This summer, Davis is extremely excited to assist in the re-sentencing process of Chester and Delaware County clients who fall under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 Miller v. Alabama decision. The UII internship provides exposure to various law practices and he is currently considering paralegal and investigative work to gain experience before applying to law schools. He has a special interest in civil and human rights law grounded in an understanding of the ways in which historically oppressed and neglected peoples are in special need of legal and economic innovations and protections.
Lelosa Aimufua '20
Lelosa is from Los Angeles, Calif. She is a prospective Political Science and Education special major. She is a member of the Women's Volleyball team where she works as social media coordinator. Lelosa is also involved in the Swarthmore African American Student Society and the Swarthmore African Student Association. This upcoming year, she will be a Diversity Peer Advisor. In the coming year she hopes to get more involved on the campus she proudly calls 'home'. This summer, Lelosa is working on the Sesame Street Project at the Chester Charter School which focuses on providing literacy and leadership skills to incoming kindergarten students.
Maggie O'Neil '17
Maggie is a recent graduate of Swarthmore College where she received her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology. She is from Woodbury, Conn., and attended high school at The Taft School in nearby Watertown, Conn. Beyond academics at Swarthmore, Maggie was extremely active in athletics and enjoyed volunteering. She was a four year, varsity-letter winner and senior captain of both Basketball and Track & Field. Maggie earned USTFCCCA All-Region recognition three times in the shot put and discus and was the recipient of the May E. Perry award for athletics. Additionally, she was a coach for Swarthmore's TOPS Soccer Program and volunteered for Hospice Compassus. Maggie's selection as an inaugural SBAN Legal Intern stems from her involvement in Keith Reeves's Politics of Punishment Inside/Out course. She not only enjoyed taking the class during her junior year, but also worked as Professor Reeves's sole Teaching Assistant throughout her senior year and incorporated her experience with the class in her Political Science comprehensive exercise "Unrepresentative Democracy: Evaluating Democratic Theory in the Era of Mass Incarceration." After the summer, Maggie will continue to develop her understanding of the current criminal justice system by working as a Research Fellow with the Urban Inequality and Incarceration (UII) program at the Lang Center.
Maria Cuervo '18
Maria is a rising senior from Houston, Texas. She is pursuing a double major in political science and psychology. On campus, Maria is a captain and active member of the Women’s tennis team and volunteers for the Chester Youth Courts. During her junior year, Maria interned at the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia as a legal intern working with immigrants and refugees. She is keenly interested in our criminal justice system, understanding why the United States is vastly more punitive, compared to other countries, and finding solutions for reforming America's incarceration complex. Maria enrolled in Politics of Punishment with Professor Reeves in the Spring semester 2017. This summer, she is interning for Professor Reeves as an UII SBAN intern and working on legal cases that fall under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 decision in Miller v. Alabama. After Swarthmore, Maria intends to pursue a career in law and continue working for social justice issues.
Taylor Tucker '20
Taylor is from Trainer, Pa. She is a prospective Education/Black Studies Major with an interest in continuing to advance her skills in the Spanish language. She is a past Tri-Co participant and an active member of the Swarthmore African American Student Society. This upcoming year she will be joining Swarthmore's Writing Associate Program, assuming the position of SASS's secretary, and working in this year's Tri-Co Institute. She hopes to continue developing her role as an active student and SASS member throughout her years at Swarthmore, and hopes to study abroad in Cuba to learn more about the Black experience in the Diaspora. This summer she is working on Professor Revees's Sesame Street project at the Chester Community Charter School West Campus, working with incoming kindergarten students on leadership and literacy.