Clinton School Student Panel

Ashley Davis – A native of Conifer, Colo., Davis recently worked as assistant director of alumni relations for the University of Oxford’s (England) North American office. She earned her bachelor’s degree in European History from Boston University, spending a year studying at Oxford. She also received the President’s Volunteer Service award for completing more than 100 volunteer hours from August 2006 to July 2007. Her work included coordinating SAT preparation for recent Chinese immigrants, among other projects. Ashley’s capstone project is with the Clinton Foundation, Clinton Climate Initiative creating a toolkit for industrial participants of the Home Energy Assistance Loan (HEAL) Program. Harvell Howard – A graduate of Hendrix College in his hometown of Conway, Ark., Howard is the former director of youth and community relations for Choosing to Excel, a nonprofit that promotes healthy choices for young people. His other work experience includes serving as a substitute teacher in Conway public schools, working as a public relations intern with the Women’s National Basketball Association, and volunteering with the Boys and Girls Clubs. Harvell’s capstone project is with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock developing a retention improvement initiative for African American males and helping organize a statewide meeting on this topic. Todd Moore – A graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in African Studies, Moore has spent the last four years working in fundraising and community investment for the United Way. Previously, he spent five years as a case manager, rural director, and executive director for multiple branches of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Kansas. He has also volunteered with the American Legion Kansas Boys State program for 11 sessions. Todd’s IPSP was with the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China. He worked to develop a set of guidelines for corporate service initiatives for members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, the leading international business association in China. Sophia Said – A native of Lahore, Pakistan, Said is a graduate of the University of Utah with a degree in economics. She has worked with Girl Scouts of America to establish Girl Scout troops specifically designed for Muslim girls in Utah and Arkansas. She also has worked extensively with local PTA groups in Salt Lake City and Little Rock to create a positive and nurturing environment for children in public schools. Her practicum team will work with the STAND Foundation, a nonprofit youth leadership training organization based in North Little Rock. The students will evaluate the effectiveness of the foundation’s Edward Coleman Leadership Institute, which works to develop young adult leaders by promoting economic opportunities, social progress, and community development. Nathanial Owen – A Sherwood, Ark., native, Owen is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University and has completed an Arabic language immersion program with the International Language Institute in Cairo, Egypt. He also has completed Middle Eastern studies courses at UALR. Recently, he worked as an adjustment clerk for Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and served as president of the company’s division-wide incentive pay program. His practicum project is with Arkansas Baptist College where his team will engage in an urban renewal effort surrounding its campus in Little Rock. The team will develop assessment procedures to determine the overall effectiveness of the urban renewal project. Ali Turro – Hailing from Rutland, Vt., Turro earned a degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., after spending a semester doing advanced studies at Oxford University in England. After volunteering with AmeriCorps and the Red Cross during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Turro joined Teach for America as a 5th grade certified bilingual teacher in Brownsville, Texas. Ali’s International Public Service Project was with the Nyaka AIDS Orphans School in Nyakagyezi, Uganda. She developed an organizational model and project expansion initiatives for educational services for children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.

Clinton School Student Panel