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The Archer Center Spotlight: November 2017
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News and Highlights

Archer Fellow alumnus named to Forbes '30 Under 30' list

Forbes Magazine recently named Spring 2012 Archer Fellow and San Antonio tech entrepreneur Alberto "Beto" Altamirano to its 30 Under 30 list of social entrepreneurs. Altamirano is the founder and chief executive officer of Cityflag, a civic-technology platform that is transforming how citizens and governments collaborate to improve cities and strengthen communities, contribute to social welfare, and build a more inclusive and transparent government. Cityflag's mobile 311 application enables citizens to alert officials about municipal problems, such as road hazards, and engage with local government.

Archer Fellow featured in documentary, "Look to the Sky"

Fall 2017 Archer Fellow Sanah Jivani grew up believing that ordinary people had the power to be heroes. When she was asked to be featured in filmmaker Brett Culp’s new production, “Look to the Sky,” she knew it was a movement she wanted to be a part of.

“Look to The Sky” is a documentary that highlights students that embody the spirit of Superman in some way. Jivani seized the opportunity to host the Washington, D.C., premiere of the film, which has already been screened in 41 cities with all proceeds going towards a number of charitable efforts. With her Archer Fellow cohort in attendance, Jivani organized a screening to benefit her 501c(3) nonprofit, The Love Your Natural Self Foundation. After losing all of her hair in the 7th grade, and eventually finding self-acceptance, Jivani started this organization to encourage individuals to love and accept themselves. 

Archer Fellow and UTSA Top Scholar continues volunteer efforts

For current Archer Fellow Bharath Ram, serving those in need is integral to a meaningful life. Active in service organizations at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), Ram wanted to continue volunteering in Washington, D.C., while participating in the Archer Fellowship Program. Since October, Ram has volunteered with Food and Friends every weekday morning from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. prior to reporting to wok at his internship. He assists with preparing and packaging meals and has met people from various walks of life. Ram has enjoyed developing a more holistic understanding of patient treatment and care and, most importantly, being able to directly help people in need.

Food and Friends is a nonprofit based in D.C. that plans, prepares, packages, and delivers specialized meals to patients with life-changing illnesses in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. These diseases range from cancer to HIV to diabetes. The meals consist of different combinations of dietary restrictions, such as renal, diabetic, or lactose free, that are customized for each patient’s health needs. 

Currently, Ram is interning at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The Archer Center takes on Morgantown, WV

Drs. Shannon and Summer Sawyer enjoyed the UT Austin vs. West Virginia University football experience package available via the Archer Center’s online auction this month. The Sawyers and their children cheered on the UT Longhorns to victory against the WVU Mountaineers.

The package was generously donated by Sandra (UTSA '87) and Eddie Saenz (UT Austin '82), Alex Hammond (Fall 2001 Archer Fellow, UT Austin '04 and WVU Associate Athletic Director), and the University Co-Op.

100% of the funds raised through this online auction will support scholarships for future Archer Fellows! 
 

Fall 2017 Archer Fellows

At Work

John Chan is a computer science major at The University of Texas at Dallas. After taking a few introductory courses in constitutional law, he discovered an interest in how laws shape the development and use of new technology. His current policy interests include privacy and cybersecurity. In his free time, he enjoys musical theatre, playing guitar and playing video games with friends. Currently, Chan is interning at the Internet Education Foundation for the fall term. 
Crystal Guevara is a senior at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin majoring in political science with a minor in history. Throughout her undergraduate career, Guevara has been an active member of her community by being a facilitator for children who are grieving the loss of a parent/relative due to death or separation. After graduation, Guevara plans to attend law school. She plans to pursue a career as an immigration lawyer, with a particular interest in helping members of the Latino community. Currently, Guevara is interning at the U.S. Department of Education for the fall term
Dahlia Muana is a senior at The University of Texas at Arlington, majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. On campus, she has been involved with various organizations, including The Big Event, Student Government, National Association of Black Journalists and Excel Campus Activities. She recently served as Ms. UTA, co-president of the UTA Ambassador Program and interned with the City of Arlington’s Office of Communication. Muana is passionate about human rights advocacy, particularly for women and minority groups. Upon graduation in December, she plans to pursue a career in journalism. Originally from London, Muana enjoys exotic foods, travelling and binge-watching crime shows. Currently, Muana is interning at the American Enterprise Institute for the fall term. 
Michael Stanley is a senior, pursuing a degree in history at The University of Texas at Austin. On campus, Stanley has participated on the Student Conduct Board, the Union’s Event Co-Sponsorship Board, and served as president for his fraternity, Beta Upsilon Chi. Stanley’s work experience includes conducting electrochemistry research on desalination for UT Austin; interning at Miller, James, Miller, & Hornsby L.L.P.; serving as a Teaching Fellow for Breakthrough Austin; and researching President Ronald Reagan’s foreign policy at the Clements Center for National Security. Stanley plans to attend law school next fall. Stanley is interning in the federal government for the fall term. 

In the Classroom

This month, Archer Fellows met with Jack Fields, former Member of Congress and founder of the Twenty First Century Group; Dr. Donald Ritchie, retired Historian of the U.S. Senate; Johnnie Banks with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board; and Jackie Nowicki with the U.S. General Accountability Office. 

Dr. Joel Swerdlow’s last class was a full day at the Newseum. He also led the Archer Fellows on their inaugural visit to the Museum of the Bible.

Meerna Dalal had the opportunity to interview Martin Luther King, III, for her writing assignment with Dr. John Daly. Tavania Nino took advantage of her internship at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to arrange a meeting with John Melle, assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere, whose portfolio includes oversight of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Archer Fellows also met with U.S. Senator John Cornyn.

Recruitment News

Archer Fellowship Program

El Paso Archer Fellow alumni held an informational alumni panel for prospective students on the UT El Paso campus this month. Alumna Crystal Saavedra moderated the event, while alumni Robert Diaz, Alejandra Gaytan, and Matthew Ibarra shared details of their experiences as Archer Fellows and provided some great advice to attendees. Panelists shared how the program has transformed their lives and the impact it continues to have on them today. 

Do you know an undergraduate UT System student who is passionate about public service or policy? Prospective candidates can learn more about the Archer Fellowship Program and application process by visiting our website, speaking with Archer Center recruitment and admission manager Christine Anderson, or reaching out to their respective campus coordinators and alumni ambassadors

The deadline to apply for the fall 2018 or spring 2019 Archer Fellowship Program is February 15, 2018.

Graduate Program in Public Policy

Following the November 7 deadline, the Archer Center received a record number of applications to the summer 2018 Graduate Program in Public Policy. Interviews of the finalists are occurring this month across many UT System academic and health institutions, and selections will be announced in early December. 

Got Internships?

Do you have an internship opportunity in your office in the D.C. area for the spring 2018 semester? We are continually seeking new, substantive opportunities for our Archer Fellows. Please contact the Archer Center at archer@utsystem.edu with suggestions or ideas! 

Alumni Association News

#BecauseofArcher: AFAA Annual Giving Campaign

The AFAA will kick off its 2017 AFAA Annual Giving Campaign on Friday, December 1! The AFAA is excited to build on the huge success of last year's 15th Anniversary Campaign. As we head into the holiday season, think about how your life has changed for the better #BecauseOfArcher. From internships turning into jobs to meeting your spouse, we can't wait to see what our alumni share! Keep your eyes out for an exciting and interactive campaign with email and social media.

For more information, please contact AFAA Fundraising Chair Rachel Miller
The Archer Center is a self-supporting center that enables students from across the state of Texas to take advantage of academic and internship opportunities in Washington, D.C. Giving to the Archer Center helps students from all UT System campuses pursue their academic, personal, and professional goals.
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