President's Initiatives

2011-2012 President's Symposium & White Paper Project Fellows

Jeffrey Clark
School of Social Work
Jeffrey is currently studying in the Master of Social Work program.  He has a BA in International Affairs from American University and an MA in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from the School for International Training. Since 1998, Jeffrey has worked for non-profit, for-profit and government agencies, including a think-tank, an international development organization, newspapers, community training and organizing institutes, a community action agency, and a Federal welfare demonstration program.  Jeffrey’s research interests include studying financial welfare initiatives (micro-lending, asset building, financial and economic inclusion); exploring the impact of race, class and gender on well being; and practicing the collective application of spiritual principles to strengthen neighborhood life and address social ills.
Michael DeWane
School of Medicine
Michael DeWane is a MD/MPH candidate at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.  He received his undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with major and general honors in Public Health Studies. While an undergraduate, Michael was an Aitchison Public Service Fellow who pursued coursework that involved research at the primary, clinical, and population levels.  He has currently completed the first two years of his medical school coursework and will spend the 2011-2012 school year earning a Master’s in Public Health that focuses on Epidemiology. Michael's current academic goals include learning the skills to be able to assist patients as well as special populations.
Jennifer Jarin
School of Nursing
Jennifer Jarin is a graduate student at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing Degree with a specialty in Community and Public Health Nursing and a certification in Environmental Health. She practices as a registered nurse at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit. She also works as a graduate research assistant for the Baltimore City Health Department’s Reducing Asthma Disparities Program. Jennifer’s interests include pediatric growth and development, pediatric asthma, pulmonary toxicology, and environmental health.
Nikola Nable-Juris
School of Law
Nikola Nable-Juris is a rising 3L at the School of Law.  While in law school, she has interned at the Office of the Public Defender, Juvenile Division, the Administrative Law Unit of the Legal Aid Bureau, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland.  At the law school, she's involved in Law Students for Reproductive Justice, The Authority (an affordable housing journal), and the National Lawyers Guild.  She also volunteers with the Baltimore City Teen Court Program and as an EMT with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad.  Nikola is interested in the law as a tool for social change, particularly in intersections of reproductive justice, women's issues, youth advocacy, and human rights, and she hopes to use her law degree to work for social justice for marginalized communities.
Michael Raykher
School of Law
Michael Raykher is currently a third year law student at the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law.  While in Law School, Michael has been active in the University Student Government Association as a Law School Senator and in the Maryland Public Interest Law Project, Inc. and the International Law Society as a Treasurer and Executive Board Member.  After Law School Michael hopes to work in the area of developmental economics through such initiatives as microfinance and social entrepreneurship.
Catherine Wolkow
School of Nursing
Catherine Wolkow is a 2nd-degree student in the School of Nursing.  Before coming to University of Maryland at Baltimore, she worked for nearly twenty years as a research scientist studying a range of biological phenomenon, from DNA rearrangement to insulin signaling. Although she loved research, Catherine decided to pursue a nursing degree so she could participate in translating research discoveries to improved patient care.  

Catherine was raised in Columbia, MD and has lived in Baltimore City for most of her adult life. She also spent five (5) years living on a sailboat in Boston harbor. Currently, she and her family live in Canton.  Her children attend the neighborhood Baltimore City public school, located on the corner of Patterson Park.  She is active in the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization, helping to raise funds for supplies and enrichment programming for the students and staff.