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Graduate Assistants

Monica Altamirano

Monica Altamirano is completing her final year in the Undergraduate Social Work and Psychology programs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to her field placement at the SAFE Center, she volunteered at Eduardo Armenta Pediatrics and Adolescent Clinic. Ms. Altamirano assisted with front desk duties, administrative work, and interacted with patients in the office to schedule appointments, and/or to answer questions or concerns. After the completion of her programs, she plans to join the Air Force and serve active duty as an officer. Her passion is to have a military career and work in the mental health field by dedicating to helping soldiers, veterans, and families. Ms. Altamirano graduated with honors from Montgomery College and earned her A.A. in General Studies and a certificate in Women’s Studies.

 

Sophie Aron

Sophie Aron is a second year, macro health, Master of Social Work student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work. Prior to interning at the SAFE Center, Sophie interned with social workers at a DC charter school, served a year of AmeriCorps doing conflict mediation in Montgomery County middle and high schools, and earned her BA in Anthropology from Hamilton College. While at Hamilton, Sophie spent a year abroad in India, Vietnam, South Africa, and Argentina, studying population’s access to public healthcare systems, looking specifically at how that access changes when a country experiences trauma. It was from this experience that Sophie’s interest in affording healthcare to marginalized populations stemmed. At the SAFE Center, she hopes to work in collaboration on a number of macro-level projects including grant writing, legislative advocacy, and strengthening the relationship between the Center and law enforcement.

 

Nicole Eng

Nicole Eng is a graduate student pursuing her Master degree in Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the SAFE Center, Ms. Eng lived in the Kyrgyz Republic for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer. There, her primary projects focused on Youth Development, Women’s Health and Empowerment, and Capacity Building of English Teachers. Ms. Eng received her B.A. in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University. During her undergraduate career, she interned at the International Rescue Committee, The Race Equality Center, and The Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. Ms. Eng can speak Kyrgyz and Russian.

 

Claudia Sosa

Claudia Sosa is in her last year of the Master of Social Work program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work. She received a B.S. in Psychology from University of Maryland University College. Prior to her placement at the SAFE center, she interned at Camp Fire, USA where she organized, developed and executed community events and activities for various communities. She worked with property management staff, community partners and residents to build strong relationships to better service the community. Mrs. Sosa is active in her church where she works with adolescents in her church’s youth ministry. Mrs. Sosa is bilingual.

 

Megan Stump, M.A. & M.S.

Megan Stump joins the SAFE Center as a Graduate Assistant from the University of Maryland College of Education, where she is pursuing her Ph.D. in the Applied Linguistics and Language Education program. Ms. Stump is developing and teaching an ESOL conversation circle program for SAFE Center clients. Ms. Stump has taught courses at the university level for English learners on writing composition, oral communication and teacher preparation, and peer tutoring for multi-lingual writers. Her research interests include second language teacher education and the emotional dimension of the learning-to-teach experience. Ms. Stump received her M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Pennsylvania State University; her M.S. in Education, Higher Education, and Student Affairs from Indiana University; and her B.A. in English with a minor in Diversity Studies from Susquehanna University.