Curtis W. Meadows, Jr. Social Enterprise Fellows
The Curtis W. Meadows, Jr. Social Enterprise Fellows program offers teams of UT Austin graduate students in Business, Public Affairs, and Latin American Studies an opportunity to serve as nonprofit consultants with NGOs in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Named in honor of the Center’s founding director, the program is a nine-month (six-credit) course that includes two weeks of fieldwork in the host country. Working on management or development projects identified by NGO partners, a Fellow can expect to produce deliverables on issues such as strategy, marketing, finance, human resources, program evaluation or sustainability. Fellows receive stipends to help defray the costs of international travel.
2014 International NGO Partners
Mexico City, Mexico
This project will focus on analysis of current funding systems for core initiatives, research of creative diversification strategies and development of a new fundraising plan that includes recommendations for student membership, an annual event and major donors.
Coco Solo/Buena Vista, Panama
This project will review organizational operations and assist with developing a strategic plan that identifies goals and maps individual staff roles and responsibilities. Team deliverables include a customized financial budgeting and accounting system, a human resources manual and a strategic plan.
2015-16 Selection Process
2013 NGO Partners, Projects, and Teams
·DiscoverHope Fund in Cajamarca, Peru, creates opportunities for women to overcome poverty through microcredit lending and financial education, business training, and other support services. The 2013 Meadows Fellow team included:
- Mila Cisneros is a first-year MBA student with an IT project management background.
- Tania Lara-Ortiz, a second-year LBJ student (Global Policy Studies), is a journalist and business writer with experience working in Spanish language media in both the U.S. and Mexico.
- Alexandra Orellana-Bonilla is a first-year LBJ student with a background in communications/marketing in the international finance sector.
·Cambio Creativo in Colón, Panama, provides educational programming, adult mentors, and outlets for artistic self-expression to youth in the poor community of Coco Solo. The 2013 Meadows Fellow team included:
- Virginia Brown, a former AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer, is a first-year LBJ MPAff student with a background in development/fundraising and communications/marketing.
- Cate Graziani is a dual master’s degree student in the LBJ School (MPAff) and the School of Social Work. She has experience working with international NGOs and U.S. agencies supporting children.
- Mayra Marquez will finish dual master’s degree programs in Latin American Studies and Public Affairs in May 2013. She has five years’ professional nonprofit fundraising/development experience.
·Sister Communities of San Ramón, Nicaragua in San Ramón, Nicaragua, aims to empower local citizens to strengthen their communities through social and economic development. The 2013 Meadows Fellow team included:
- Katie Casstevens is in the dual MPAff/MSSW master’s program. She has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in South America and has volunteer and professional experience in both nonprofit and corporate settings, including teaching Spanish and English as a second language.
- Stephen Farshing is a former Peace Corps volunteer with experience in sustainable agriculture projects in South America. He is a first-year MGPS student at the LBJ School.
- Derek Garson is a first-year MBA with corporate finance experience working with clients in Latin America.
Mountain of Hope operating in Creve, Haiti invited Meadows Fellows to assist with a microfinance program and developing a community water supply system.
Mountain of Hope invited Meadows Fellows to interview local stakeholders and conduct a community needs assessment for the rural mountain town of Creve, Haiti.
2009 NGO Projects:
- Centro para el Fortalecimiento de Organizaciones Civiles (Mexico)
- DiscoverHope (Peru)
- We Improve Tomorrow (Guatemala)
Contact Program Coordinator
RGK Center for Philanthropy & Community Service