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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Topic: The Built Environment, Housing, & Land Use

The Role of Nonprofits in Amplifying the Work of Organic Farming for Black and Indigenous Farmers Across the Southeast

Julianna worked on an organic farm during the summer of 2020 as part of a research project studying the role of nonprofits in amplifying the work of organic farming for Black and Indigenous farmers across the Southeast. At the end of her summer, Julianna decided to take a pandemic break …

Voter Disenfranchisement and Climate Justice Discourse

Jack worked closely with PEP fellow Dora Pekec to track the plethora of restrictive voting laws that have been passed since the election of 2020. They created a website that mapped the varied laws across competing jurisdictions across the nation that were disfranchising citizens or making it harder for citizens …

Arts Internship with Hayti Heritage Center

Multy worked with the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, which focuses on preserving the cultural significance of the historically black Hayti district through community engagement and artistic programming.

Internships with Population Connection and Mobilization for Justice

Maya spent the first part of her summer working as an Environmental Education intern at Population Connection, a nonprofit organization which promotes education of young people about world population and other progressive issues. She was also a Student Legal Intern at Mobilization for Justice, serving the legal needs of vulnerable …

Federal Policy Responses: Providing Housing for Rhode Island’s Senior Population

One of the biggest challenges facing Rhode Island and the rest of the country is the lack of affordable housing. According to recently released States of the Nation’s Housing 2019 by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, in 2017 only 4 million units were affordable and available …

Voter Registration and Information in Durham, NC and Rural Expansion Counties

Introduction I created three maps to help You Can Vote educate people about the voter ID law taking effect in 2020 and identify areas which could use extra education and outreach efforts. The first map shows the locations of Boards of Elections and DMVs in each county as compared to …