Yale University School of Nursing (YSN) students Erin George '12 and Nichole Trumper '12 were named recipients of Yale Law School's Gruber Global Justice and Women's Rights Fellowships for the year of 2012-2013. Each will spend a year working on projects that help promote global justice or women's rights.
Below is an excerpt from and email sent from Yale Law School Dean Robert Post to YSN Dean Margaret Grey announcing the Gruber Fellowships:
The Gruber faculty committee just finished their review of applications from across the campus for post-graduate fellowships in Global Justice and in Women’s Rights. They have selected two of your students for five of the fellowships: Nichole Trumper and Erin George. In addition to congratulating you on these two fellowships, I wanted to pass on how impressed the Gruber Committee was with the caliber of the applicants from the School of Nursing and the thoughtfulness of their applications. The Nursing School applications truly stood out in a pool of applications from many schools across the campus. We are confident that Nichole and Erin will have a real impact, both during their fellowship year and after. We are happy to be able to play a small role in their careers, but the real credit goes to you and your colleagues at the School of Nursing. Please keep sending us such wonderful applicants!
The fellowships were introduced as part of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights at Yale Law School. They are open to all Yale graduate and professional school students in their final year as well as those who have graduated within the past three years. The remaining three Gruber Fellowship recipients for this year, Amanda Gutierrez '12, Becca Heller '10 and Stephanie Keene '12, are all from Yale Law.
"The Gruber Fellowships offer a magnificent opportunity for talented Yale alumni to launch careers in global justice and women's rights," said Dean Post. "We're thrilled to have such a strong group of fellows this year."
Erin George will spend her fellowship year with Partners In Health. Following graduation in May, she will work in partnership with Haitian health care leaders to build capacity among Haitian nurses and midwives. George will conduct needs assessments of nurses and midwives at Partners In Health sites and create clinical, education, and research partnerships between Haitian and American health organizations in hopes of strengthening the nursing and midwifery professions in Haiti. Before attending YSN, George graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2006 with a B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities and from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2010 with a BSN. She previously worked as a nutrition educator in Hawaii and a women's health and HIV community health researcher in Boston, MA.
Nichole Trumper, also graduating in May, will spend her fellowship year with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) in Limón, Nicaragua, as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Trumper's primary project will be to support the Pediatric Health Program through execution of acute and preventative patient care, the creation and distribution of health education materials, and streamlining data tracking and institutional memory practices. Secondary projects include designing and implementing community outreach activities focused on dental hygiene, water sanitation, and healthy habits. Before coming to YSN, Trumper graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was academic All-Big Ten as a Badger crew team rower.
The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights at Yale Law School is one of three initiatives of the Gruber Foundation at Yale and was established in May 2011 by philanthropists Patricia and Peter Gruber.