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U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus Fellows Announced

Antioch University New England (AUNE) and the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) have selected Meghan Hoskins and Alex Rosen to serve as AUNE’s 2017 U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus Fellows. This fellowship opportunity, now entering its 10th year, is for master’s degree students in AUNE’s Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability (ASJS) concentration in the Department of Environmental Studies.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) write, “The Congressional Progressive Caucus is excited to welcome Alex Rosen and Meghan Hoskins as our Summer Environmental Fellows. Both of these students have a passion for protecting the environment and leading the fight against climate change. We’re grateful to have these young leaders with us in a time when the environment and the EPA are coming under attack by the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans.”

“This will be a great opportunity for Alex and Meghan to experience the legislative process. With the CPC, our fellows are able to work with Members of Congress from across the country on policies to protect the environment and combat climate change. We look forward to these fellows helping the CPC lead the resistance in Congress.”

Hoskins’ and Rosen’s portfolio will include work with the House Natural Resources Committee, of which Rep. Grijalva is Ranking Member.

“We are proud to be sending these two outstanding emerging leaders to serve on Capitol Hill, as Antioch’s unique program with the Congressional Progressive Caucus celebrates its 10th year,” said Abigail Abrash Walton, who directs Antioch’s Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability master’s concentration and heads the fellowship selection committee.

About Meghan Hoskins
Meghan Hoskins is an Environmental Studies Masters Student at Antioch University New England, with a concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability and a Certificate in Conservation Psychology. Hoskins grew up in Mooresville, IN, and graduated from Indiana State University in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, minors in Women’s Studies and Spanish, a Global Perspectives focus in the University Honors Program, and a Certification in Sustainability Leadership. She is currently interning with Cultural Survival, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing indigenous peoples’ rights and cultures worldwide, where she is researching and writing human rights violation reports and news articles for their quarterly magazine and website. Hoskins serves as Teaching Assistant for Antioch’s Advocacy Methods course and also as the Education Coordinator for Antioch’s Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, where she is organizing a research symposium on “New Approaches to Conservation Conflicts.” From October 2015 – May 2016 she served as a Community Fellow with NextGen Climate NH. During that time she organized community events focused on raising awareness about climate change and environmental degradation. She also conducted a Get Out the Vote campaign, during which NextGen Climate NH mobilized 11,975 college student voters. In the summer of 2015, Hoskins also served as a Field Canvasser with Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving democracy, conserving natural resources, protecting the environment, and providing affordable access to essential human services in Indiana.

About Alex Rosen
Alex’s passion for social justice brought him to Antioch as an Environmental Studies master’s student, concentrating in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability; he is also part of the Masters International program, with a view toward entering the Peace Corps. Since coming to Antioch, Alex has partnered with the Southwest Regional Planning Commission, serving as a graduate research assistant in Antioch’s Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, to develop a Climate and Health Adaptation Plan for New Hampshire’s Monadnock Region. Alex grew up in Skokie, Illinois (part of Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s congressional district) and earned a BA in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Studies from Grinnell College. While attending Grinnell, Alex interned with Project Vote Smart, a non-partisan nonprofit devoted to voter education. He also studied abroad in Queensland Australia, where he worked with the Barron River Integrated Catchment Management Association to promote environmentally friendly local ordinances. After graduating from Grinnell, Alex worked as a Program Instructor with the Close Up Foundation, an organization dedicated to instilling a sense of political efficacy in high school and middle school students, where he facilitated positive dialog on domestic policy with students from across the country. Alex also worked as a Strategic Account Manager for K12 Insight, a consulting firm that assists local school districts engage with stakeholders.

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