Loyola University Chicago

Center for Urban Research and Learning

Graduate Fellows

Graduate Fellows Photo

A graduate fellows meeting.

Center Graduate Fellowships enable graduate students to participate in collaborative research projects with community-based organizations, social service agencies, health care providers, businesses, and government in Chicago's city and suburbs. Through their research and teaching projects, fellows are active participants in Loyola University Chicago's efforts to improve the quality of life for all members of the Chicago metropolitan community.

The Graduate Fellows are selected from a pool of applicants and matched to team projects based on skills and interest. The Fellows serve in a facilitation role for the projects and act as the link between Loyola faculty and undergraduates and community researchers to keep projects on track. 


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    Moriah Johnson

    Moriah is a Master’s student in the Public Policy program at Loyola. Her research interests include race-related issues, public policy’s role in solving social problems, the experiences of Black women in lower income communities in Chicago and how trauma is experienced and dealt with in lower income communities of color.
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    Emily Jones

    Emily is a master’s student in Loyola’s dual degree program for Social Work and Women’s and Gender Studies beginning in the fall. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola. Her research interests include gender and sexuality, social and economic inequality, intimate partner violence, and mental health.
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    Jaspreet Kaur

    Jaspreet is a master's student in the sociology department at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests include health disparities, body and labor, gender and sexuality, race, and transnational and postcolonial feminisms. Jaspreet is interested in how mutually enforcing structures of race, gender and class enforce health inequality.
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    Yasmeen Khayr

    Yasmeen is a master's student in the sociology department at Loyola University Chicago. Her research interests include religion, identity, and culture specifically related to Muslim communities in the United States. But, working as both an undergraduate and graduate fellow at CURL has expanded her interests into community-based research and hopes to utilize those skills in her future research.
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    Vanessa Rangel

    Vanessa is a Master’s student in the Sociology program at Loyola. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing at DePaul University in Chicago and worked in market research for three years before returning to school. Her research interests include Latinx studies, gender and sexuality, and how public policy can alleviate social and economic inequality.