Terri Bimes, Sagaree Jain '17, Michelaina Johnson '17, Thanh Bercher '17

Welcome the 2016 UC Berkeley Class of Gardner Fellows: Lernik Begian, Cameron Silverberg, and Courtney Tran. They are interested in refugee policy, mental health policy, and general government reform. Currently, the Fellows are seeking out placement organizations where they will be placed for 10 months with a senior-level mentor. Most Gardner Fellows find placements in Washington DC or New York, but they can be placed in any non-profit organization or governmental agency of their choice, as long as it is based in the US. Tune into the Gardner Fellowship adventures by checking out the IGS student blog, and please let Terri (bimes [at] berkeley.edu) know if you have any good leads for possible placements for our Gardner Fellows.  

Photo: Terri Bimes, Sagaree Jain '17, Michelaina Johnson '17, Thanh Bercher '17

Thanh Mai Bercher

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Major:
Public Health major, Global Poverty & Practice minor
Placement:
International Rescue Committee
Hometown:
Huntington Beach, California
Service Interest:
International human rights, refugee rights, women's health

Berkeley experience:

Thanh spent her time at UC Berkeley working to address health inequities, programs and policies that affect marginalized communities. She worked in student government to establish resources for survivors of sexual violence, served on multiple UC working groups, and organized to expand mental health services under temporary disability status. As a caseworker...

Sagaree Jain

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Major:
History minor English
Placement:
Human Rights Watch
Hometown:
Cupertino, CA
Service Interest:
Women’s Human Rights in South Asia

Berkeley experience:

Sagaree spent her years in Berkeley learning about gender, race, and postcoloniality, in her academics and in her organizing work. She taught a DeCal on Women’s Literature in order to encourage critical media consumption, served on the ASUC Sexual Violence Commission, and worked as a Research Assistant with the Center for the Politics of...

Michelaina Johnson

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Major:
History
Placement:
World Wildlife Fund
Hometown:
Ojai, California
Service Interest:
Water policy, river conservation, environmental justice, and journalism

Berkeley experience:

Michelaina found her love of water at UC Berkeley. In the summer 2014, Michelaina did an internship at the Museum of Ventura County that ignited her interest in water policy. Since then, she has conducted extensive research on water inequity in Mexico and river restoration in California and written multiple papers...