Stewart Selected as U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus Fellow

Haley Stewart, 2012 CPC FellowHaley Stewart has been named the sixth U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus Fellow from Antioch University New England (AUNE). She is in the Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability (ASJS) concentration in the Environmental Studies master’s program.

Stewart will work in the office of Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, this summer. The fellowship, a collaboration between the ASJS concentration and the 80-plus member Congressional Progressive Caucus, began in 2007. Unique in the country, the fellowship allows an ASJS student to work in Washington, D.C., with the caucus and its members each summer.

“Bringing a CPC Fellow to Washington for the summer is enormously helpful to our members working on urgent public policy issues,” said Representative Grijalva. “Our partnership with Antioch University New England’s Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability program, in its sixth year, has been of great benefit to the caucus.”

“We know that the people who can make the greatest contribution and gain the most through this fellowship are those who are expressly interested in advocacy and who bring energy, focus and a strategic way of thinking to their work with the Caucus,” said Abigail Abrash Walton, chair of the CPC Fellowship Selection Committee and interim director of the ASJS master’s concentration. “Haley has an outstanding track record of achievement in these areas, and we are thrilled to select her as this year’s CPC Fellow.”

About Haley Stewart
Stewart has helped organize many of Keene’s environmental events, such as the 2011 Monadnock Earth Festival and 350.org’s global days of action in both 2010 and 2011. Last summer, she interned with 350.org in Washington, D.C., as an international grassroots coordinator and worked with communities across Canada to organize events for the global day of action in 2011.

Following her interest in animal welfare advocacy, Stewart is a research volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States, an outreach volunteer for Best Friends Animal Society and an intern at the Monadnock Humane Society. She is also working on a master’s project designing a community-based management program for stray animals in inner cities.

Stewart earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, in 2010. There she studied philosophy and biology and became deeply engaged in environmental ethics, interning on a Save the Oceans campaign with CALPIRG.