Student Profiles: Brittany Botts and Chelsea Falcone
Brittany Botts, C'2015, and Chelsea Falcone, C'2014, are among 100 student leaders from colleges and university across the United States selected to participate in the 2013 Rising Leaders Fellowship program. The year-long fellowship is designed to mobilize a diverse cohort of student leaders in direct action to address education inequity. Hosted by Teach For America and sponsored by FedEx, the fellowship kicked off Aug. 29-31 with the Rising Leaders Summit, where student leaders met to develop projects to expand educational opportunity in their communities. At this year’s summit, held at the Hilton Garden Inn Capital, fellows received constructive feedback on their project plans and guidance on strategies for turning their plans into action. They also participated in workshops to further develop the skills necessary to execute on their plans.
Students are selected as Rising Leader fellows based on outstanding leadership potential and a desire to take concrete action to expand educational opportunity. The 12-month fellowship, now in its second year, aims to build fellows’ understanding of educational inequity and support their direct impact on the issue. Each fellow designs and leads a project that will measurably impact educational opportunities in their community or on their campus.
Fellows attend the Rising Leaders Summit to share their experiences and insights, learn from leaders in the field, and plan and develop their project. They work with mentors who are Teach For America staff members, corps members, and alumni in order to complete their project.
The 100 students in the 2013 fellowship class represent 60 universities across the U.S. They join a national network of 100 fellowship alumni.