MCC Student named Forge Fellow
Nia Skinner-Miller, of Flint, has been awarded a Forge Fellowship from the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive think tank and the nonprofit partner to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, NY. As part of her Fellowship responsibilities, Skinner-Miller will launch a Roosevelt Chapter at Mott Community College (MCC) and implement a policy project in her community.
The Forge Fellowship is a stipend opportunity for students attending a community college or public university that does not have an existing chapter, to develop the skills needed to launch a Roosevelt Chapter at their school. Participants are trained in core policy, organizing, and base-building skills, and receive one-on-one guidance from Roosevelt staff and alumni as they build chapters and launch policy projects.
Skinner-Miller is a 2018 graduate of the Mott Middle College, and concurrently earned two associate’s degrees from MCC. She is continuing her studies at MCC majoring in Political Science with a Minor in Linguistics and a concentration in International Studies before transferring to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 2019. On campus, she is President of the Feminist League and Vice President of Service for Phi Theta Kappa Psychology Honor Society.
With a strong sense of social justice activism, Skinner-Miller began giving back to her community through non-profit organizations like Edible Flint, the YWCA, and Habitat for Humanity. “My goal is to someday start a non-profit organization focused on civic engagement and advocacy in K-12 schools. I want to take my community service to the highest level by working with legislators to make long lasting and significant changes in issues related to youth,” she said.
“We are so very proud of Nia for being named one of only nine members of the inaugural class of Forge Fellows nationwide,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea. “Nia’s commitment to community is evident in the many projects and organizations she has already participated in. She will definitely make her mark on the world in the years to come.”
The Forge Fellowship is dedicated in memory of Reese Neader. Reese worked in communities across the country whose voices were not being heard in national politics by building civic infrastructure in order to address the unique challenges faced by these communities. Reese recognized the untapped potential for progressive power in many of our diverse, hardworking, and often overlooked communities, largely in the Midwest and South. His life’s work was dedicated to building that power: he founded Forge Columbus to encourage civic innovation in Ohio, worked for the Obama campaign as the Youth Vote Director in Pennsylvania, and served as Policy Director for the Roosevelt Institute. This Fellowship seeks to empower a new generation of those like Reese who enthusiastically envision and push for progressive policy change in their communities.
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