Some students spend their summers swimming, sailing, and sunbathing. What did Steinhardt students do on summer vacation? They mentored refugee children, protected New York City’s community reefs, brought music therapy to a hospital, and led a wheelchair-tour of Israel. From New York to Cuba, our students were passionately engaging with the world.
Meet 10 students who are living out the Steinhardt mission, doing work that we find innovative, and impactful, and inspirational.
Teaching English student Carolyn Tyner (BS ’18) is working as a Peer Mentor for the International Rescue Committee’s Refugee Youth Summer Academy, a summer school program that prepares recently arrived refugees for the New York City school system. Carolyn provides individual academic and emotional support for students, totaling over 100 from 15 countries.
At the Billion Oyster Project, Environmental Conservation Education student Jenea Robinson (MA ’17) is making a difference in New York City’s natural environment by monitoring and researching activities related to community reefs and oyster nurseries in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Bush Terminal Park, Jamaica Bay, Great Kills Harbor, Lemon Creek, and upper New York Harbor.
This summer, Media, Culture, and Communication student Samuel Kellogg (MA ’18) is in Cuba conducting his thesis research on the social and material structures that allow Cubans to connect to the internet. Samuel is particularly interested in how informal and black-market app and sharing business models allow Cubans to get around the challenges of material scarcity.
Occupational Therapy student Anna Goldstein (MS ’16) gained hands-on occupational therapy experience in a global setting while co-staffing Taglit-Birthright Israel “Amazing Israel No Limits” program for wheelchair users. Anna and participants traveled to many of Israel’s historically and geographically significant sites, including the Yad Vashem: World Holocaust Center and the Dead Sea.
Childhood Education / Childhood Special Education Brendon Muniz (BS ’20) is a Bunk Counselor for children who stutter at The Stuttering Association for the Young’s Camp SAY in North Carolina. In addition to facilitating activities such as sports, art, theatre, and more, he helps foster an open and encouraging atmosphere in the camp.
Visual Arts Administration student Emily Olsen (MA ’18) is interning with the Advancement and Communications Departments at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in New Mexico to organize and support commemorative member events for the museum’s 20th anniversary.
Drama Therapy student Samah Ikram (MA ’18) is interning at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center’s Child/Adolescent Unit, an inpatient facility in the South Bronx that provides drama therapy to children ages 5-17. Samah is co-facilitating groups for patients who experience severe psychiatric symptoms, as well as participating in morning rounds and community meetings.
Music Therapy student Matthew Bessette (MA ’17) is working at NYU Steinhardt’s Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, where he helps to facilitate intake sessions that determine proper music therapy services. Matthew is also working as a music therapist at the Manhattan Star Academy, a special education school in Manhattan, by providing services and establishing the school’s music therapy program.
International Education student Hira Qursehi (MA ’18) is analyzing current events and assisting in drafting important documents for the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations. Hira also attends General Assembly sessions with world leaders, politicians, and key global changemakers, especially in the field of education. Here, she is learning how diplomacy is intertwined with the progression of policymaking.
At NYU Steinhardt’s New Fathers and Mothers Study Lab, Applied Psychology student Melanie Miranda (BS ’18) is coding parent-child interactions, researching infant self-regulation, and collecting measures of infant and maternal stress response. Melanie is also transcribing child narratives at the Latino Family Engagement and Language Development Lab, which is investigating Latino preschool children’s oral storytelling skills and school readiness.