Stefani Scott is currently working towards her MSW with a concentration in Children’s Law and Policy at Erikson and is also working with the Policy and Leadership department as the Special Projects Intern. As an intern she is supporting the Census 2020 messaging campaign that targets zero to five-year-olds who are historically undercounted in the Census. She also supports the various programs within the Policy and Leadership department and conducts research on racial disparities in maternal morbidity and efforts to decolonize language in our systems and practices.
Over the past five years Stefani has worked with youth from infancy through fifth grade at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, IL. She was selected as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for the 2019-2020 year through the Health and Medicine Policy and Research Group. In her fellowship she is working with the youth at the YMCA to build a sense of identity and belonging in the classroom as well as to develop a sense of community identity across their school and neighborhood environments and provide opportunities for prosocial engagement
During her time as a student she has also worked in the library, student services and career services as well as assisting on various other projects including the International Initiative and a research grant looking at racial equity in early childhood care and education. Stefani served her generalist internship year with a community organization in the Logan Square neighborhood. There she helped facilitate and evaluate community level interventions and researched the early childhood funding and delivery systems with a focus on ways to improve coordination among local agencies. She also analyzed the newly implemented Every Students Succeeds Act, ESSA, to identify areas of opportunity to advocate for funding allocation to early childhood care and education. Stefani has also been an active member of the Social Justice Steering Committee and is currently the President of the Erikson Institute Student Committee for the 2019-2020 school year.