Seventeen students awarded fellowships through GSD’s Community Service Fellowship Program

Each year, the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Community Service Fellowship Program (CSFP) provides opportunities for GSD students to apply the skills they have developed in their academic programs through direct involvement with projects that address public needs and community concerns at the local, national, and international level.

CSFP opportunities fall into five categories. Greater Boston Area Community Service Fellowships, the original program, focuses on providing funding for students to work in the greater Boston area. In the past, students receiving this fellowship have worked with organizations such as the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston office of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Beginning last summer, the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) began supporting additional community service fellowships for students obtaining internships or other volunteer opportunities with organizations whose work focuses on housing, the built environment, or community development through the Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellowship.

Other programs include the Doebele Community Service Fellowship, conceived in 2010 on the occasion of the Loeb Fellowship’s 40th anniversary and offering a stipend to bring design and planning skills to a non-profit or government organization. International Travel Community Service Fellowships support GSD students in travelling overseas to work in nonprofit or government settings, while the Harvard Club of New York Fellowship supports a student working in New York.

This year, 17 GSD students have been named Community Service Fellows. They and their summer employers are:

Greater Boston Community Service Fellows

Katherine (Kat) Elizabeth Miller (MUP ’17), Community Design Resource Center of Boston (Boston, MA)

Shanasia Glendale Sylman (MLA ’18), Mystic River Watershed Association (Arlington, MA)

Adria Rose Boynton (MDes ’17), Boston Redevelopment Authority (Boston, MA)

Javier Ors Ausin (MDes ’17), National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, DC)

Aaron David Charles Hill (MLA ’17), Florida Keys Land & Sea Trust (Key West, FL)

Alison Orellana Malouf (MLA ’18), Humanitarian Open Street Map (San Francisco, CA)

Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellows

Arjun Gupta Sarma (MUP ’17), Greater Ashmont Main Street (Boston, MA)

Diana Jih (MLA ’18), Public Workshop (Philadelphia, PA)

Omar J De La Riva (MUP ’17), Latino Health Access (Santa Ana, CA)

Daniel Foster (MUP ’17), City Life Vida Urbana (Jamaica Plain, MA)

Jack Popper (MUP ’18), Beyond Housing (St. Louis, MO)

Kevin Symcox (MUP ’17), George Kaiser Family Foundation (Tulsa, OK)

Christopher Merritt (MLA ’17), Central Indiana Community Foundation (Indianapolis, IN)

Doebele Community Service Fellows

Megan Marin (MDes ’17), Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (New York, NY)

Charlotte Leib (MLA ’18), Urban Farm Institute of Boston (Boston, MA)

Andres David Quinche (MUP ’17), DC Office of Planning (Washington, DC)

The Harvard Club of New York Fellow

Mengqing Chen (MLA ’17), NYC Housing Preservation and Development (New York, NY)

Keep up with the 2016 Fellows this summer via the CSFP Blog. To learn more about the activities that last year’s CSFP Fellows took on, please visit last year’s announcement.