Stephanie Ullrich

2013 to 2014
USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellow/Congressional Legislative Fellow
U.S. House of Representatives
Placement:
United Nations Development Project—Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF)
Placement Location:
New York, NY
Mentor:
Adriana Dinu (Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Executive Coordinator)
Service Interest:
International development
Major:
Peace and Conflict Studies and Media Studies, with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice
Hometown:
Encinitas, CA

Berkeley Experience:

Stephanie graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies and Media Studies and a minor in Global Poverty and Practice.  While at Cal, Stephanie has focused on development issues. During her junior and senior year she organized the curriculum for and co-taught Thirst: Global Discourses on Human Rights and Water, a course under International and Area Studies. In summer of her junior year, Stephanie conducted assessments of 283 households, organized healthcare initiatives and established a Village Health Team in Iganga, Uganda as a public health intern with the Uganda Village Project.

For more than two years Stephanie was a literacy mentor and site director for Project BUILD, a tutoring program for local elementary school students. As a director, she worked to recruit, hire, manage and train a team of tutors on targeted reading interventions, in addition to collecting data on the reading activities and achievements of 50 students.

Other Service Experience:

Stephanie took part in the student-run Magnolia Project, which provides aid to Hurricane Katrina-ravaged areas. Through this initiative, Stephanie returned to New Orleans three times to facilitate community organization around equitable rebuilding processes and anti-racism. During her junior year she became the Director of Community Partnerships, and developed a 3-week service trip, an 8-week internship and semester exchange program with the University of New Orleans.

Post fellowship plans:

Stephanie intends to work abroad as a development practitioner or engage in more academic research on water and sanitation in the developing world. Eventually she would like pursue a graduate degree in International Development.

Commitment to service:

“I view social justice as the opportunity to change power relations so that every person receives the dignity, respect, and basic human rights that they deserve, regardless of ethnicity, class, age, or sex. Service is important to me because it fosters my sense of responsibility to be a socially conscious citizen of this world.”