Over the past 17 years, more than 200 Emory students have been a part of the CBSC Fellows Program, working in a range of projects in multi-sector collaborative work in Urban America. The CBSC has not only fortified the rigorous and holistic curriculum for current students, but has developed a robust alumni network, uniting dozens of change-makers in their influential work after graduation.
On this page you can read about just a handful of CBSC alumni and learn how the CBSC Fellowship has impacted their professional development:
Stephanie is currently studying to receive her MBA/M.Ed. at the University of Virginia. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, she was a highly effective 4th grade teacher at Tubman Elementary School in Columbia Heights in Washington, D.C. Before her time at Tubman, Stephanie taught at KIPP DC for two years.
Stephanie received her BA from Emory University, where she was awarded the Woodruff Scholarship and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service. During her time as a CBSC fellow, Stephanie worked on a project to catalogue existing extracurricular efforts in Edgewood and assess the need for new programming. She is happy to speak to any CBSC students about their career paths.
A CBSC fellow his sophomore year in 2014 and a second-year fellow the summer of 2016, Adam worked on the DeKalb Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (DSNI) and oversaw Fellows doing an evaluation of a workplace training initiative. He studied Business and History at Emory, and his time in CBSC (specifically, one Wednesday night dinner as a CBSC Fellow) led him to focus his studies on affordable housing. He wrote his senior thesis on the displacement of residents of the East Lake Meadows housing project. He received the Bobby Jones Scholarship, and earned his Masters in Sustainable Development, and studied affordable housing in Scotland. He now works for a small real estate development firm that partners with non-profits to build affordable housing and commercial real estate in low-income areas. He is always happy to talk with anyone CBSC affiliated!
Bethaney Wilkinson is a social entrepreneur and the event production lead for Plywood People, a non-profit in Atlanta leading a community of startups doing good. She received her B.A. in Educational Studies from Emory University with an emphasis in Community Building and Social Change, as well as a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She loves designing resources and experiences to build social change capacity in people, organizations, and teams.
Bethaney’s love for community, justice, and reconciliation has carried her all over the world – from the slums of Cairo to the war-torn regions of Northern Uganda. But none of those places compare to the pursuit of beloved community right here in her own backyard. During her time at Emory, she was drawn to the Community Building and Social Change Fellowship because of the opportunity to combine theory with praxis in response to the felt needs of her local community.
Her CBSC project was to assess the status of out-of-school time resources available to a local middle school. Studies show that adequate out-of-school time resources for students in the middle grades increase the likelihood that students will stay in high school and ultimately graduate. With this in mind, Bethaney's group created an out-of-school time resource guide for the local middle school. Even though Bethaney no longer works in the realm of education, the tools of program intervention design and program evaluation are ones that she uses often.
In the five years since Preston Carter Hogue graduated from Emory, he moved to Philadelphia for a faith-based service program, worked at a community development corporation, and moved to Chicago for theological education. Each step was informed by his experiences in CBSC and the values he learned in the Fellows Program. As part of a faith-based service program called Mission Year, Preston moved into a financially under-resourced neighborhood to learn how God is at work in the lives of people who face the daily realities of poverty, violence, and systemic oppression. He also worked at People's Emergency Center, a community development corporation in West Philly, managing their digital literacy programs.
Now Preston is a pastoral intern at Grace and Peace Church, a small but dynamic Latino, Black, multi-class, and inter-generational church on Chicago's West Side that somehow balances the best of the justice, Pentecostal, Reformed/evangelical, and community development streams of Christianity. He will graduate in December 2018 from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) with a Masters of Divinity. At TEDS, Preston was a Kern Family Foundation Scholar (full tuition) and received the Horace Dawson Memorial Award for Racial Reconciliation.
See Preston's recently-published article, "The Tie that Binds: White Church Response to Neighborhood Racial Change in Atlanta, 1960-1985" in Atlanta Studies.
Natasha Alladina is currently a Georgia Housing Corps Fellow for Equal Justice Works where she is working with the Georgia Justice Project in the areas of criminal justice reform and reentry housing. Natasha received her BA from Emory University in English Language and Literature in 2008, and earned her JD from Duke Law School in 2011.
At the Georgia Justice Project Natasha works to address access to housing for people with a criminal record. According to one study, sixty-six percent of landlords and property managers will not accept an applicant with a criminal history--Natasha's work aims to reduce systemic barriers to housing for individuals with a criminal history through policy advocacy, education, and direct representation.
Natasha's time with CBSC first introduced her to non-profit work. As a 2007 CBSC Fellow, she worked with Refugee Family Services (now known as New American Pathways) to support the creation of a new public policy and advocacy initiative within Georgia’s refugee community. A vital part of the CBSC Fellows’ work was to design the structure of the coalition/collaboration and to build on early efforts to identify and cultivate coalition members and collaborative partners.