Student Projects

Student Projects

The Hart Leadership Program has a long history of exemplary student work, and we are proud to showcase here a selection of student research projects, internships, and honors theses dating back to 2011. Below, you can explore nearly 400 student projects, filtering by project type, Hart program affiliated with the project, thematic topics, project locations, and project years. The database does not provide the full text of students' projects, but it does provide abstracts of student work wherever available, as well as more information including students' class year and, when applicable, the name of the community partner organization a student worked with to conduct their internship or research. We will continue to expand the database as our students continue conducting phenomenal projects. In the meantime, use the search function below to explore our incredible students' work, and get inspired!

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Project Year: 2022

Letcher County Culture Hub: Impact on Borrowing and Financing Power

Despite the tight-knit and trust-abundant nature of rural America, traditional financial institutions are largely unable to trust communities with funding, especially without traditional measures like credit score checks, which rural communities are disproportionately excluded from demonstrating. International efforts under the umbrella of microfinance have attempted to generate alternative solutions to …

Creating Farm Working Justice in North Carolina

“Creating Farmworker Justice in North Carolina” consisted of working with farmworker communities distributed throughout the rural counties of North Carolina. The task included working with attorneys to understand the legal rights of contracted (H-2A/H-2B visas) farmworkers, conducting outreach nights to predominately farmworker locations, creating social media content in English and …

Women’s Economic Security in the Context of Reproductive Rights

I spent this past summer working as the Women’s Economic Security Intern at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. On the Friday of my first week there, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade with the devastating Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision. My internship included news …

Understanding the Complex Factors of Disaster Gentrification in Washington D.C

[Abstract not currently available.]

Reaching Diverse Populations Through Audience Intelligence

My project title was “Reaching Diverse Populations Through Audience Intelligence.” Its focus was using audience intelligence software to investigate the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) audience diversity on social media, comparable organizations’ practices, and ways to reach diverse groups.

Challenges Facing Canadian Francophone Students in Anglo-Dominant Contexts During Their Transition to Postsecondary Education

While the majority of French Canadians live in Quebec, Canada is also home to numerous francophone minority communities scattered across the country. Although the constitution guarantees linguistic rights such as bilingual access to government services to these francophones outside of Quebec, the assimilationist forces from the dominant Anglophone culture continuously …