Basic Needs Access & Security Engagement Fellow

mensaix@jmu.edu

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Isaac Mensah-Yeboah

Isaac is excited to be serving as Basic Needs and Security Engagement Fellow! He is from Woodbridge, VA and graduated from JMU in 2019 with a bachelors of science in Public Policy and Administration with a minor in political communication. While in undergrad, he was actively involved in Tau Kappa Epsilon and SGA. Additionally, he served on the Madithon executive board and coached youth soccer for Shenandoah Valley United. This summer, he was selected to participate in the prestigious Governor’s Fellowship program with the sectarist of natural resources. As the Food Recovery and Security Engagement fellow, he looks forward to innovating new ways to address and examine food insecurity on campus, while deepening his understanding and knowledge on the issue. He "looks forward to working with community and on campus organizations to bring awareness and solutions to food insecurity."

 

The Position:

Isaac coordinates the Basic Needs Coalition, a cross-disciplinary and cross-departmental group dedicated to ensuring all JMU studentsbasic needs (housing, food, etc.) are met. Additionally, she presents to classes and student organizations to build awareness of food and housing insecurity.

The fellow must collaborate to identify and understand how to address current gaps in our institution's support services for students with basic needs insecurities.

They will also spend time connecting with community partners (Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Our Community Place, Vine and Fig) as a representative of JMU to support greater food security in our community.

All the while actively participating in the Community Service-Learning office as part of the Professional Staff (this includes attending meetings with the team and contributing to office discussions).

 

The Basic Needs Access & Security Engagement Fellow must:

  • Have an interest or desire to learn more about food recovery and insecurity
  • Have the ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Possess communication skills (via emails, meetings, presentations)
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively, and to make collective decisions
  • Have an understanding of social justice issues
  • Have an understanding of organizational structures and systems
  • Have prior experience serving in the Harrisonburg/Rockingham community (ideal, but not necessarily essential)

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