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Welcome, Emily Saxon!

FutureHeights is excited to welcome Emily Saxon for her 2022-2023 academic year as our community-practice intern.  Meet her in her own words:


Hello! My name is Emily, and I’m excited to be Future Height’s new intern. I am a Master of Social Work student at CWRU, and my interests lie at the intersections of social and economic development, community empowerment, and antiracism. I’m a native of St. Louis, Missouri, where I lived until I went off to Michigan State University (MSU) for my bachelor’s degree in psychology. I then worked for a year at MSU’s Pediatric Public Health Initiative, which provides vital health and developmental resources and services to children and families affected by the Flint, Michigan water crisis. During my time as a student at MSU, I gained experience from several community-building endeavors. For two years, I worked with fellow students and staff to create a volunteering initiative, which pairs MSU students and local senior citizens together for social interaction and the fostering of intergenerational relationships. I also conducted research on youth violence prevention, on the wellbeing and health of teens of color in public high schools, and on sexual misconduct prevention at universities. I am new to Cleveland, so I am enjoying exploring the Metroparks, downtown, new restaurants and coffee shops, and meeting residents new and old. I am especially looking forward to getting to know the Cleveland Heights and University Heights communities!

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