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Vassar Alum Leah Goodridge '04 named a Fulbright Specialist

Leah Goodridge, an instructor in the Medgar Evers College (MEC) Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) program, has a great deal to be proud of, today.   The United States Department of State has chosen her to serve as a Fulbright Specialist at the University of MaltaShe will sit in residence for three weeks, lecturing on social entrepreneurship and assisting the university in developing a social enterprise program.  Ms. Goodridge will help guide the University of Malta through the process of creating educational materials and hopes to publish a journal article about about entrepreneurship in Malta.

Fulbright Specialists are consultants with expertise in their academic discipline.  They work to collaborate on projects in diverse settings of higher education on a wide range of eligible disciplines and fields.  The program promotes relationships between scholars and professionals in the United States and their counterparts at host institutions in other nations.  The Specialist program awards grants for short-term collaborative projects at institutions in over 140 countries.  Specialists may be requested to provide academic services, such as short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, teacher training, assessments and evaluations, special conferences or workshops.  They may also be asked to collaborate with their peers on faculty development and curriculum or institutional planning.

Ms. Goodridge is the founder of MEC’s Community Economic Development Project, housed in the Adult and Continuing Education program at the College.  She began teaching Nonprofit Law at ACE in March, 2010 where she’s been helping students learn the legal process for starting a nonprofit and how to proceed (hiring the right employees, how to write grants, etc.) once it has been set up.  She also helps interested individuals learn how to start churches, daycare centers or youth empowerment organizations.

The first in her family to graduate from college, Ms. Goodridge grew up in Brooklyn and attended P.S. 233 for middle school and James Madison High School.  She is a graduate of Vassar College and she received her law degree from the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA).  She is a Staff Attorney at the Urban Justice Center where she represents indigent tenants in state and federal courts. Source: The CUNY Newswire

While at Vassar Leah received a Burnam Fellowship to work at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) in Washington DC which aims to increase knowledge and awareness of civil and human rights issues and enhance the understanding of coalition politics, there she participated in the process of lobbying and the legislative process of our federal government. Immediately following her graduation, Leah  spent the year in the Dominican Republic implementing a self designed Girls’ Mentoring Program and Seminar Workshops on Sex Education which was supported by the Compton Mentor Fellowship.