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The Carl H. Hitchner Social Justice Fellowship

The Carl H. Hitchner Social Justice Fellowship offers juniors and seniors the unique opportunity to analyze and evaluate diversity and social justice practices at Susquehanna University. Fellows work with a faculty or staff advisor to research, design and implement a program to address the issue that they have identified, and are provided up to a $4,500 annual stipend plus a $1,000 operating budget.

Jesika Bethea |  2013–14 Hitchner Fellow

The 2013–14 Carl Hitchner Fellowship recipient is Jesika Bethea. In her project proposal, Jesika describes her project as “a financial literacy program designed to teach young people about money management. Providing such a program for students can help them excel in college and beyond. With today’s employment market, providing financial literacy for college students is becoming increasingly important.”

Erin Wolfe, Susquehanna’s associate director of financial aid, will serve as an advisor to Jesika throughout the year, helping her identify important aspects of financial literacy. A 2002 graduate of Susqehanna, Wolfe eagerly accepted her role of advisor as a means of giving back to current students.

Past Hitchner fellows have researched topics that include the effects of language, social justice activism and the creation of an LGBT resource book.

History of the Hitchner Fellowship

Created in 2007 by the Carl H. Hitchner Foundation, this Fellowship was named in honor of Carl H. Hitchner, who graduated from Susquehanna University in 1962 with a degree in Accounting. He served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1995-2001, and in 1993 received the Alumni Achievement Award for his many accomplishments as a nationally recognized attorney in the field of health care. As a gay man during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Carl was especially committed to equality and fairness. This fellowship extends an opportunity for students to extend this legacy.

Find out more about the Carl H. Hitchner Fellowship. Contact Armenta Hinton, Ph.D., Chair, Carl Hitchner Fellowship, or call 570-372-4037.

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