Lang Center
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Chester Community Fellows 2017

This year's cohort of Chester Community Fellows at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. Top row, from left: David Wible '18, Rasheed Bryan '20, and Daya Shrestha '20. Middle row: Elena Do '20, Adil Belgaumi '20, Eishna Ranganathan '20, and Katherine Lima '20. Front row: Nevian Swailmyeen '20, Grace Zhang '20, and Lauren Savo '20. 

Chester Community Fellowship

The Chester Community Fellowship (CCF), a signature Lang Center program funded through the Swarthmore Foundation, enhances the capacity of Chester-based community organizations by providing student interns who serve four days per week. On the fifth day, Fellows work together on a project-in-common relevant to the City of Chester. The summer experience focuses on developing each Chester Fellow as a scholar, civic leader, and public servant.

The 2017 Fellows and their Chester internship host sites were:

  • Rasheed Bryan ‘20, College Access Center of Delaware County
  • Eishna Ranganathan ‘20, College Access Center of Delaware County
  • David Wible ‘18, Chester Children’s Chorus
  • Elena Do ‘20, Chester Children’s Chorus/Science for Kids
  • Katherine Lima ‘20, Chester Education Foundation
  • Yichen (Grace) Zhang ‘20, Chester Education Foundation
  • Adil Belgaumi ‘20, Chester Housing Authority
  • Daya Shrestha ‘20, Chester Housing Authority
  • Lauren Savo ‘20, Chester Youth Courts
  • Nevien Swailmyeen ‘20, Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation

In Summer 2017, the CCF program started in June with an orientation to the city led by Raj Lewis, the founder of Seven Harvests, a non-profit organization in Chester that supports individuals transitioning out of incarceration and addiction. As the Chester Fellows worked with our Chester-based community partners on projects of civic enrichment, they also worked with Lang Center staff members and affiliated faculty, who helped to contextualize and conceptualize their summer experiences, including:

  • Prof. Keith Reeves (Political Science) on incarceration and structural racism in Chester;
  • Honorable John Linder on politics and Chester;
  • Prof. Mark Wallace (Religious Studies) on the role of faith in Chester; and
  • Prof. Lee Smithey (Peace & Conflict Studies) on gun violence in Chester.

In addition to working at their internship sites, the Chester Fellows completed a group project in partnership with the Chester Education Foundation, and also participated in e-portfolio workshops led by Tesenga Duncan Smith, Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development.  The Chester Fellows experience culminated in a gathering where they shared the final iteration of the e-portfolios with the staff, faculty, and community partners. MORE: “Chester Community Fellows Share Experiences of Service”