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In a remarkable career that included high-level positions in the State and Justice Departments of four presidential administrations, Phil Heymann has repeatedly worked at historic moments to protect and increase civil, democratic and political rights in the United States and globally in countries ranging from Northern Ireland to South Africa. From her work analyzing policy on health and retirement for the United Mine Workers to directing efforts in state government departments on educational and social services and employment and training, Ann Heymann’s career was dedicated to the enormous role government and civil society can play in creating equal opportunities and improving health and quality of life.
Now, Fielding School Dean Jody Heymann is honoring her parents’ commitment to global work, health and public service with a gift to establish The Ann and Phil Heymann Global Fellowship Fund. Awards will be given to students based on their demonstrated interest in a career in global health addressing inequalities, the merits of their proposal, and financial need.
“It is a great joy to have the opportunity to honor people I love and respect in a way that can also help to launch a new career,” says Heymann of her gift.
For Natalie Dickson, the first Ann and Phil Heymann Global Fellowship Fund recipient, the opportunity to spend last summer as an intern at the Population Council in Nairobi, Kenya was transformative. A first-generation college student, she held as many as three jobs at a time to fund her undergraduate education and is currently pursuing master’s degrees concurrently in the Fielding School’s Department of Community Health Sciences and UCLA’s African Studies M.A. Program.
“There is absolutely no way I could have afforded this experience on my own,” says Dickson. “I am passionate about East Africa, and this affirmed my interest in working alongside populations in the region to carry out and monitor reproductive health programs. By allowing me this experience, the fellowship has contributed to training a future scholar, activist and advocate for public health in East Africa.”
Dean Hansell, who serves on the Fielding School’s Board of Advisors, has made a gift to establish the Dean Hansell Fellowship to Address Gun Violence. Hansell’s gift will provide crucial seed funding for students and faculty conducting innovative research projects with potential for high impact in stemming the epidemic of gun violence. The inaugural recipient of the fellowship is Danielle Dupuy, a PhD student in the Department of Community Health Sciences, whose work addresses violence among the populations most adversely affected. Dupuy’s project will teach coping and de-escalation techniques to youth detainees who are 6-8 months pre-release from detention facilities in Los Angeles County.