Graduate Institute on Engagement & the Academy

In January 2021, fifteen UI graduate students gathered on Zoom for the final Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy—and the only virtual Institute. Created fourteen years earlier, the program has served more than 200 UI graduate students from every college on campus except one. It’s been stewarded by some of the best faculty on campus, people whose teaching and research is woven through with meaningful, long-lasting partnerships. Many of the program’s alumni created community engaged projects in Iowa City and beyond, working with the Johnson County Senior Center, Public Space One, local K-12 classrooms, the Rape Victim Advocacy Program, and many more. Others now weave their training into their teaching and research at other institutions, while a few lead campus community engagement programs. Locally, we are proud to count several leaders as alumni, including Anna Flaming, director of the Center for Teaching, Kalmia Strong, co-director of Public Space One, and Aiden Bettine, director of the LGBTQ Iowa Archives and Library.

2021 Graduate Fellows

  • Ebenezer Adeyemi – PhD candidate, Anthropology, CLAS
  • Antonio Alejandro Pérez Belda – PhD candidate, Literacy, Culture, and Language Education; College of Education
  • Nicole Amato – PhD candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture, College of Education
  • Luke Borland – PhD candidate, History, CLAS
  • Laura Carpenter – PhD candidate, American Studies, CLAS
  • Elizabeth Fry – PhD candidate, Community & Behavioral Health, College of Public Health
  • Mitchell Hooyer – 4th-year student, Carver College of Medicine
  • Lauren Irwin – PhD candidate, Educational Policy & Leadership Studies, College of Education
  • Angelina Malenda – PhD candidate, Communication Studies, CLAS
  • Hansini Munasinghe – PhD candidate, Sociology & Criminology, CLAS
  • Hoshik Nam – PhD candidate, Political Science, CLAS
  • Sanjna Singh – MFA candidate, Nonfiction Writing Program in English, CLAS
  • Adelheid Bethanny Sudibyo – PhD candidate, Spanish Literature & Culture, CLAS
  • Emilie Sommers – MA candidate, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, College of Education
  • Hao Zhou – MFA candidate, Film & Video Production, CLAS

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