The Carr Center is pleased to announce that, for the summer of 2011, two Traub-Dicker fellowships have been awarded. The talented recipients of this year's grants are: David Dodge and Daniel Rotman. Consistent with the terms of this important award, Mr. Rotman and Mr. Dodge will spend the summer doing research in the domain of policies affecting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. Both of these students bring a strong record of academic achievement and a longstanding commitment to LGBT human rights.
Before coming to the Harvard Kennedy School to pursue a master's degree in Public Policy, David worked as an electoral and grassroots community organizer and researcher. From 2008 to 2010, he served as coordinator of the Right to the City-NYC alliance, a grouping of over 20 community-based organizations fighting displacement and gentrification in low-income communities. During this time, he also worked as a research associate with the Urban Justice Center, where he conducted a range of participatory action research on behalf of low-income and LGBTQ populations.
In the fall of 2008, David worked as the lead Field Organizer with the LGBTQ organization SAVE Dade, based in Miami Florida, on an electoral campaign to defeat an anti-LGBTQ ballot initiative known as Amendment 2. While working at Community Voices Heard from 2005-2007, David started and was the lead organizer on a campaign to save and improve New York City's public housing system. David holds a BA in Political Science from New York University.
David is excited to be named a 2011 Traub-Dicker fellow. He plans to concentrate his research on messaging that is utilized in the media and through direct voter contact work by both pro- and anti-LGBTQ advocates during campaigns to pass anti-LGBTQ ballot initiatives.
As the founder and CEO of a grassroots fundraising/advocacy firm and the Executive Director of a nonprofit, Daniel has already demonstrated a remarkable ability to galvanize communities around causes. He has been recognized for his organization's work by the California State Assembly, and was nominated for the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award for UC Berkeley Alumni. In his first year at the Kennedy School Daniel was actively involved in the HKS community. He founded the Life In Politics group as a Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, founded the first official A Cappella group at HKS, was one of the winners at the HKS Talent Show, and was the Student Coordinator for the Newly Elected Members of Congress Program.
Daniel has studied abroad in both India and Israel and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and degree candidate for a Masters in Public Administration at the Kennedy School.
This summer Daniel is a Fellow for Immigration Equality, a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive individuals. His research will delve in the fight to pass the Uniting American Families Act to give bi-national gay couples the same rights and residency protections afforded to heterosexual couples. He will also be researching the work of providing asylum to LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants facing deportation who face persecution in their home countries and to research the human rights violations of transgender detainees.
Established through a generous gift by Margaret Traub '80 and her partner Phyllis Dicker, the Traub-Dicker-HKS Fellowship is designed to support the summer research of one or two Kennedy School students doing original work on policies related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.
The goal of the fellowship is to provide an opportunity for a current Kennedy School student, working closely with a member of the Kennedy School faculty, to produce a serious, and possibly publishable, piece of policy research. Unlike summer internship opportunities, summer fellowships are designed to support scholarship rather than provide work experience.