Antioch University New England (AUNE) and the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) have chosen Lola Bobrowski to serve as AUNE’s 2014 U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus Fellow. This unique fellowship, now entering its eighth year, is for master’s degree students in AUNE’s Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability (ASJS) concentration in the Department of Environmental Studies.
Bobrowski will work in the Capitol Hill office of Congressman RaÃºl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), co-chair of the CPC and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands this summer. The fellowship is a collaboration between AUNE’s ASJS concentration and the 80-plus member CPC.
Grijalva said he is grateful for the long-running partnership, which is highly useful to caucus members. The CPC fellows from AUNE’s Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability program understand how to organize it’s a skill invaluable to our caucus members, as we work on issues critical to public policy, he said. Meanwhile, they learn the intricacies of how Congress works and help us to advance meaningful policy initiatives.
We are thrilled to send our eighth annual Fellow to D.C. this summer, said Abigail Abrash Walton of AUNE, who created the fellowship and chairs the selection committee. We also love the feedback that Antioch uniquely prepares Fellows to make a real impact, advancing change at a national policy level.
About Lola Bobrowski
Lola Bobrowski’s passion for resource protection and advocacy brought her to AUNE’s Environmental Studies master’s program in 2012. Her capacity for organizing has blossomed, and her interests have grown to include food resiliency and environmental law. Recently, she participated in a service learning project with New Hampshire Citizens Alliance, focused on raising awareness of economic justice and equal pay issues in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.
Bobrowski grew up in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in 2010. There, she raised campus awareness about water and energy conservation issues as an active member and elected president of the AmeriCorps/NJPIRG campus organizations Water Watch and Energy Corps. She also distinguished herself and proved her outreach skills in a one-year term of service in the New Jersey AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador program, organizing community events, conducting stream assessments, and teaching more than fifty K-12 water conservation lessons in local schools.