|Intern Reception Fall 2011
On November 5th, we held our annual intern reception, organized as
always by Steve Buttner. It
was a resounding success, with spirited discussion and a great deal of
laughter for two hours.
Steve had, of course, invited the four David Fisher
Memorial EQV Interns. Three
indicated that they would be there; the fourth was in Europe.
Steve also invited the four interns from 2010, and one said she’d
be there, too.
As the day approached, I worried about the
attendance. Three of the EQV
brothers were coming, but who knew how many students would actually come
during a crowded and eventful Homecoming Weekend.
I worried needlessly – as I often do.
All three of the David Fisher interns
Maddie Neufield (’12), AhDream Smith (’12), and Rhyan (’12)
Toledo – did arrive. And
with AhDream came two of her aunts and her grandfather.
Allana Kembazi (’11) came as well.
From EQV were Rob Abel and his wife, “Micky,” Steve, and me.
And there are good times when 12 people can, indeed,
make a crowd.
Since there had been no opportunity in the
spring to have a meeting with the interns, each of the brothers talked
briefly about the founding and meaning of EQV, about the genesis of the
internship program, and about how the program was run.
Then each of the interns talked about her experience in the
program, which was largely positive.
had a great experience but the outcome for her was one career to
eliminate – and that’s one of the reasons we began this effort.
Then, talk became more general, involving everyone.
Even the photo session became silly at the urging of one of
These brief descriptions of their summer
work will have to suffice instead of a photo for now:
(’12) worked with National Public Radio involved conducting
research for long-term stories and daily projects, as well as
producing her own personal and journalistic audio pieces for “Intern
Edition”. She has spent
time in Bolivia working with a community radio station.
AhDream Smith (’12)
was with the Bitone Children's Center in Uganda working on their
malaria prevention program: "Enlightenment Uganda."
AhDream is an American Studies major, who aspires to earn a PHD in
Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, after
which she hopes to work with underrepresented communities in the US.
Rhyan Toledo (’12) worked with
Jumpstart, a program affiliated with Tufts University that explores
innovative ways to close education quality gaps.
She has been committed to working with young children and his
goal is to pursue a career in education, especially on closing the
achievement gap in the US.
During the summer, Rhyan interacted with youngsters in a
variety of ways, including teaching.