2014 HPJ Fellows


Rahwa Berhe

Rahwa Berhe is a Senior double majoring in Law, Societies and Justice and Sociology, and minoring in Human Rights, Education, Diversity and African Studies at the University of Washington. She is passionate about social justice and improving current systems of social services. She received over $10,000 in grants to create a program that improves the educational outcomes of East African Youth in the Greater Seattle Area, and am the founder of UW’s Black Pre-Law Society. She also lead the “Breaking Barriers” program at a Seattle Middle School and taught Engineering concepts to fifth graders in Oakland.


Maria Castrillon

Maria Castrillon grew up in Miami, FL and is a 2014 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy with a minor in Education. At UNC, she served as a mentor and the Co-Director for the Scholars’ Latino Initiative mentoring program. She was also a 7th grade math teacher in Durham through Student U and was a 2013 Young People For Fellow. Maria’s interests lie in access to higher education for minority students and she hopes to do social justice based policy work in the future.


Marcellus Chamberlain

As a Senior at Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS majoring in Political Science, Marc references his understanding of political injustice within inner-cities as his sole inspiration to serve as a youth activist. He has had the opportunity to receive firsthand training in political advocacy & social justice through interning with One Voice, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged minorities and underserved communities. Ultimately, Marc plans to practice business and entertainment law in addition to pursuing his Ph.D in Urban Policy.


Evan Coles

Evan Coles is a Senior at Princeton University and studies in the Religious studies department with expectant certificates in Creative Writing Poetry and African-American studies. Evan hopes to merge his communications and research skills from the classroom with practical experience in public sector to be an advocate for his community. During his time at Princeton, Coles has been selected as a researcher for the Leadership Alliance, a pre-PhD program, to conduct research on the literature of 20th century Black Marxists. He grew up in Boston, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey and currently resides in New York.