Meet the 2017 Bogle Fellows

Monday, Mar 13, 2017
by Gwen McNamara, Communications Coordinator

From creating documentary films in Dallas, Texas to building health and wellness curricula for youth in Charlottesville, VA to supporting programs for previously incarcerated men and women in Los Angeles, CA, 17 first-year students are making service – in all its broad forms – an integral part of their learning at Princeton University as 2017 Bogle Fellows.|

The John C. Bogle '51 Fellows in Civic Service program, now in its second year, offers students the opportunity to develop a service or civic engagement-related project or internship and directly connect that summer experience to their academic work or career interests. 

The program was established in 2016 with a gift from investor John C. Bogle Jr. and his wife, Lynn Bogle, in honor of John's father, John (Jack) C. Bogle of the Class of 1951, one of the first supporters of the Pace Center. The first cohort of Bogle Fellows included nine students.

"We are so pleased to nearly double the number of students taking part in the Bogle Fellows in Civic Service program," said Kira O'Brien, program coordinator. "This cohort has some truly amazing ideas for supporting communities, exploring issues and creating change. We've just begun to meet and get started, but I am beyond excited for what is to come."

The 2017 Bogle Fellows include first-year students Kaveh Badrei of Houston, Texas; Adam Beasley of Dallas, Texas; Annie Cory of Charlottesville, SC; Ryan Geo of Rochester, NY; Moses Im of Norwalk, CA; Rafi Lehmann of Baltimore, MD; Winston Lie of Boise, Idaho; Kateryn McReynolds of Long Beach, CA; June Philippe of Irvington, NJ; Isabel Ruehl of Newton MA; Anne Marie Wright of South Bend, IN; Jennie Yang of Troy, Michigan; Alaa Ragab; Linda Pucurimay; Hanuel Ryoo; Niranjan Shankar; and Gabriela Oseguera Serra.

Bogle Fellows explore and address issues they have identified in society through a variety of approaches, such as policy, advocacy, research, direct service or community activism. 

For example, Kaveh Bedrei will be interning with the Anti-Defamation League’s Southwest Regional Office in Houston, Texas and will be working on new projects focused on the inclusion of refugees within the community and combating anti-Semitism. 

“I applied to become a Bogle Fellow because I think the program puts a great emphasis on service learning and service consciousness,” Kaveh said. “It forces us to prepare and think about our projects beforehand and reflect and think back on our experiences following our summer projects. I think this emphasis on thinking critically about the service opportunity is extremely valuable and meaningful in any sort of endeavor.”

Bogle Fellows participate in spring preparation workshops and advisory groups to prepare them for their service or civic engagement-related project or internship. When they return to campus in the fall after their summer experience, each fellow will develop a piece of written work which seeks to not only outline how future Bogle fellows can engage in and build off of their experience, but also how they intend to drive that experience forward and integrate it into their academic experience. This work will tie together their personal experience, vision, and the many opportunities which exist for engagement on the Princeton campus, whether that’s with faculty, staff or local community partners.

For many of the Bogle Fellows, the opportunity to extend their learning and engagement in service in new ways is both invigorating and inspiring. 

“I hope to learn what makes certain people driven to create social impact and how they do this effectively,” said Moses Im, who will be working at LifeMoves a nonprofit in the Silicon Valley area on building relationships with corporations to help solve the issue of homelessness in San Francisco, CA. “I want to take what I learn through the fellowship and show others who are not as inclined to social impact that they too can help participate in making our society better.”

“The ability to work with high school students and aid in their college application and after matriculation moves me,” added June Philippe, who will be working with the Cooperman College Scholars program in Newark, NJ to support the organization’s summer enrichment programs. “As a first-generation student, I’ve noted that a lot of the information that is necessary to a successful college experience is often passed down from those who attended college in their personal networks, however for low-income and first-generation students these resources are not made readily. I’d like to change this narrative in favor of the marginalized.”

“I am excited to learn about how I can make a difference, as cliché as that sounds,” said Anne Marie Wright, who will be working in South Bend, Indiana at the South Bend Code School. “There is so much I am excited to learn about and learn how to do and hopefully the skills will translate to my life at Princeton and later on in the Army and my career.”

Check out the Bogle Fellows Profile page for more on all the 2017 Bogle Fellows.