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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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.]

Resilient Communities Advocacy Fellowship at the NRDC

Coral Lin researched equitable climate metrics in order to measure the impacts in the BIPOC and frontline communities the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) seeks to engage with. She highlighted the importance of using both quantitative and qualitative (think storytelling and community testimonials) data to measure outcomes, as well as …

Museum Funding Paradigms and Educational Programming for Families

Through the Leadership in Arts Policy Internship program, Oliver was an intern with both The Dalì (also called the Salvador Dalì Museum) and the Museum of the American Arts and Craft Movement (MAACM), in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Dalì showcases the work of Salvador Dalì, a prominent 20th century spanish …