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UA Cossatot Hosts Clinton School of Public Service


DE QUEEN – UA Cossatot hosted the initial visit of the Clinton School graduate student team who will complete a public service project in partnership with the community college.

The Clinton School of Public Service has eleven teams of students. As part of the school’s Master of Public Service degree program, the students will earn academic credit for their work on the projects, which include efforts to improve health access and status, increase education access for Hispanic students, support individuals with disabilities and their families, increase access to legal services, and provide health services to underserved populations, among others.
The projects are part of the Clinton School’s Practicum program, the first of three public service projects completed during the two-year master’s program.
The title of the project for the team assigned to UA Cossatot is Studying Hispanic High School Students Perceptions of Higher Education. This team will study perceptions of college enrollment by Hispanic high school students in Southwest Arkansas. This study will identify factors that may inhibit the Hispanic population to attend UA Cossatot, the most effective method of reaching the Hispanic community, and possible areas of study that the Hispanic community would like to see offered. The community college will use this information to better serve the growing Hispanic community.

Team members are: Ruby De Santiago, Rogers, graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a major in political science. She served as assistant program director for AmeriCorps in the Rogers and Springdale school districts. She is interested in working with educational access for single mothers, hunger relief and national immigration issues. Mattea Fleischner, Hot Springs, graduated with honors from the University of Georgia, Fleischner also studied international relations at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella Curso in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She worked with the Otro Diseno Foundation, based in the Netherlands, promoting the work of Latin American designers. Kristen Raney, Harrison, graduated from the University of Arkansas with majors in marketing and economics. Raney worked with Amped for Education to build a high school in Nicaragua and also developed a volunteerism program for students to perform community service projects.
She also worked on fundraising to benefit a girl’s home in Bangalore, India. Jeremy Ratcliff, Raleigh, N.C., graduated from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. He interned with the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington D.C., and volunteered at Rowan Helping Ministry, which provides food, shelter, clothing and medical supplies to impoverished residents. His public service interests include voter-rights access and justice issues.

Other service projects being conducted by the Clinton School are: Assessing the Economic Impact of Free Civil Legal Services, Researching Activities and Resources Related to Children’s Health, Evaluating a State Commission on Minority Health, Exploring the Feasibility of a Nonprofit Public Interest Law Firm, Researching Bike and Pedestrian Friendly Communities, Developing a Social Business Incubator in the Arkansas Delta, Developing an Experiential Education Program, Developing Outreach and Marketing for Individuals with Disabilities and their Families, Developing a Communications Plan to Improve Access to Health and Wellness Services and Studying Food System Needs in Northeast Arkansas.

The team made important contacts at UA Cossatot and will work extensively with Student Ambassador Martin Ovlera and Veronica Ozura, who serves as a Career Coach for Arkansas Works. The team assigned to UA Cossatot will make many visits to the area while conducting research.

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