ERASE Racism Gives Undergraduate Students an Opportunity to Work in the Field of Racial Justice

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Two undergraguate students who are part of Farmingdale State College’s Social Science Research Institute have been given the unique opportunity to work in the field of racial justice, helping civil rights organization ERASE Racism with activities and campaigns ranging from education equity to growing the organization's Partnership for Racial Equity.

ERASE Racism welcomes two interns, Boris Lemoine and Racquel Pabelonia

Under the guidance of ERASE Racism's exceptional President, Elaine Gross, and the exemplary staff, I felt confident this would be a good fit. This invaluable opportunity will enrich their professional paths.

Through coordination with the Director of Farmingdale State College’s Social Science Research Institute, Dr. Miriam K. Deitsch, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, two undergraduate students have joined as interns with ERASE Racism for the spring 2015 semester.

Before starting at ERASE Racism, these students, Boris Lemoine and Racquel Pabelonia, went through a competitive application process that required recommendations from their respective department faculty and chairs, high GPAs, and an interview with Dr. Deitsch.

“It was through these interviews that the students shared their prior volunteer experience, their interest in social issues, and their intrinsic motivation to ameliorate social injustices – the mission of the Social Science Research Institute's Center for Social Justice”, said Dr. Deitsch.

Boris, a Computer Programming and Information Systems student, is assisting with the implementation of Salesforce for Nonprofits, CRM software that helps ERASE Racism manage data, interactions and relationships, to increase the effectiveness of the organization.

Racquel, a Visual Communications student, is using her artistic talents in a variety of ways, including assisting with the ERASE Racism’s e-newsletter and social media projects.

When asked how she chose to place students at ERASE Racism, Dr. Deitsch replied that “Under the guidance of ERASE Racism's exceptional President, Elaine Gross, and the exemplary staff, I felt confident this would be a good fit. This invaluable opportunity will enrich their professional paths.”

The internships are made possible by a grant from The Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund at the New York Community Trust.

About ERASE Racism: ERASE Racism (http://www.eraseracismny.org) is a regional organization that leads public policy advocacy campaigns and related programmatic initiatives, community organizing, and legal action to promote racial equity in areas such as housing, public school education and public health. It engages in a variety of research, education and consulting activities to identify and address institutional and structural racism, especially on Long Island.

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