Interns & Volunteers
Martha Anderson has a passion for seeing the value in every individual and supporting people in their journeys to become and be who they are. Her love and kinship with her mother and two younger sisters inspired her to become involved in several organizations that help women and girls. She began by training to be a camp counselor at a Girl Scout camp and continued by volunteering at a free store for young mothers and moms-to-be, as well as volunteering in domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and support. Last year, Martha served as an AmeriCorps member at a runaway program in Wisconsin. She was born and raised in the Milwaukee area and recently moved to Chicago from Madison. Martha is in her first year of the Psy.D. program at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.
Tova Black has participated in a number of organizations and national conferences addressing issues social justice within the mental health, African-American, and LGBTQ communities since 2003. In collaboration with her mother Tracee’ Black, Tova was a founding board member of Tova’s N.E.S.T [Nutrition, Education, Sleep and Therapy], a not for profit 501c3 that promotes hope & mental health awareness within the black communities. Previously, she was a member & keynote speaker for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and Board member of the National Leadership Council (NLC) for African-Americans. Also known as T.O.V (Time of Victory), Tova is an emerging spoken word and songwriter who has been performing and writing both music and poetry for over 15 years, combining her passion for social justice and change with her talents, through spoken word and music.
Rui Deng joins the LCL team from China where used to be involved in a lot of volunteer activities to help the poor in her community. This past spring she went to Panama and volunteered in the rural community Platanilla, which is without access to financial services and business guidance. She helped them to know more about their strengths and how to use it to make a better life. I also taught them some basic financial knowledge and let them realize that a good financial plan can benefit their budgeting. Rui is an international student at DePaul completing a Master of Computational Finance. She has been in Chicago for nearly one year.
Emily R. Lupo
Emily Lupo is an emerging community engaged scholar. She has experience in working with children through volunteer work at Alliance for Community Peace in Chicago, IL. Since 2010, Emily has been a Health Educator in Peer Health Exchange teaching adolescents in Chicago Public High Schools about abusive relationships. In 2011, she became a Senior Health Educator additionally teaching workshops on decision-making and communication skills. Currently, Emily is a junior at DePaul University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Emily is also a member of the Psi Chi chapter and the Psychology Club. She is an outgoing, determined and adaptive individual who hopes to join the Peace Corps after her graduation in 2013.
Jackie Mendelsohn is dedicated and excited to support the people in her community. She has experience working with children through volunteer work at Alliance for Community Peace in Chicago, IL. In 2011, Jackie became a peer health educator through Peer Health Exchange teaching workshops to teens in Chicago Public High Schools about substance abuse. Jackie is currently attending DePaul University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She is also a member of Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society as well as the Psychology Club. Jackie is caring, proactive and creative and hopes to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s and doctorate degree after her graduation in 2013.
Camille Neal has always been committed to volunteer work and is passionate about contributing to the communities that surround her. Currently, Camille resides in Little Village and is participating in the Cross-Cultural Leadership Internship Program (CCLIP), where she will continue to learn about the diverse needs of urban Multicultural Communities. Camille is a rising sophomore at the University of Notre Dame and an intended English and Accounting double major.
Marcela Zabala is from Bogota, Colombia. She has experience in working with vulnerable communities in Colombia as a volunteer and as a professional. Since 2010 she has been a psychology counselor for children and adolescents in schools in Bogota, Colombia. Currently, Marcela has a scholarship from Colfuturo, Colombia and is a MA in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy student at Adler School of professional psychology. She is committed to the community growth and the efforts used in order to welcome diversity and generate social changes. Previously she studied psychology at University of Los Andes. She has experience as research assistant, clinical counseling and psico education.
Xinyu Qu was born in Suzhou China and received his B.A in economics from Shanghai University. He is currently working towards his masters degree in finance from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Xinyu believes that a fundamental component of a healthy society should be a concern for the well-being of others and he exemplifies this philosophy through his work. He has spent considerable time volunteering and has even served as a volunteer coordinator. He is excited about the opportunity to learn more about the effects of social justice issues here in the United States and how LCL works to resolve them.
More details for other LCL Interns coming soon…