About the Fellowship
Established in 2020-21, the Wagner College Presidential Fellowship is highly competitive, nine-month, project-based program for new Wagner College graduates. Over the course of an academic year, Fellows engage in projects that align with their academic and professional interests and advance the mission of the college. Fellows are in residence at the college throughout their fellowship.
Fellowship Projects may take many forms. Projects are expected to make a significant positive contribution to the Wagner community in the areas of scholarship, community engagement, or student learning, support, & development. They should provide an enriching development opportunity to the Fellow, offer significant impact to the college, align with the college’s mission and goals, and make appropriate use of time and resources.
Meet the 2021-2022 Presidential Fellows
Braith Dicker ’21
Department: Culture & Economy; Sustainability Center
Sponsors: Professors Celeste Gagnon & Josh Mullenite
Braith Dicker ’21 is from Robbinsville, NJ. Her undergrad degree in Theatre with a concentration in Design, Technology, Management is complemented by minors in Environmental Studies and Art. In her free time, Braith enjoys creating art and tending to her plants. Braith is ecstatic to continue her work on campus this year with the Fellowship and invites you to come to check out the garden!
Braith’s Fellowship project is the installment of a sustainability center for the betterment of campus as well as strengthening the community of Staten Island. The project includes connecting different offices around campus to communicate about their impact on the environment, connecting Wagner to surrounding communities through environmental initiatives, and installing new environmentally-oriented programs on campus including strides toward solar energy. Wagner is going greener than ever before
Kiersten Gerard ’21
Sponsor: Professor Thomas Juneau
Kiersten Gerard ’21 hails from the small town of Bayport, Long Island. This past spring she completed her undergraduate degree in Arts Administration with a minor in writing. After making so many great memories at Wagner, Kiersten is thrilled to return as a Presidential Fellow! Her favorite things include any time spent by the ocean, writing songs, and dogs. You can find her music on any music sharing platform under Kiersten Gerard!
As a Fellow, Kiersten will be producing a podcast hosted by current Wagner students. It will feature a variety of segments including interviews with community members, coverage of campus events, email submissions from alumni and prospective students, and more!
Savannah Yates ’21
Department: Performing Arts; Holocaust Center
Sponsors: Professors Felicia Ruff & Lori Weintrob
Savannah Yates ’21 is from Vermont and delighted to be a Presidential Fellow this year! She is a recent graduate of Wagner with a double major in Theatre Studies and History, a French minor, as well as studying abroad at the University of Cambridge in England. When she’s not writing music or doing research, Savannah loves to drink milkshakes, travel, and sing all the time!
Savannah’s fellowship project is a celebration of Wagner’s history consisting of a theatrical and musical video project honoring moments and important figures in Wagner’s history, a permanent exhibit of Wagner’s historical artifacts, a musical about Women in the Holocaust for the Wagner Holocaust Center and a program of events sharing the wonderful and underrated history of the college and the surrounding community. She hopes her project will bring awareness to Wagner’s amazing history through the arts.
Fellowship selection happens in two rounds. Graduating Wagner College seniors interested in the Presidential Fellowship are invited to propose a Fellowship Project by way of a competitive application. The application involves drafting an initial proposal for a Fellowship Project and identifying a proposed Project Sponsor from the college’s full-time faculty and staff.
A Fellowship Committee appointed by the President’s Office and representative of diverse campus departments and offices will review the applications on a rolling basis and confirm project and sponsor eligibility. Applicants who advance will have the opportunity to revise and refine their proposals for final review in a second round. From the second round of applications, two Fellows will be selected for the 2020-21 academic year.
Selected Fellows (1) will have demonstrated a strong academic effort as undergraduate students, (2) will be self-motivated and mature, (3) will embody a commitment to inclusion, diversity, access & equity, and (4) will demonstrate a desire to learn and grow professionally through the Fellowship experience.
Any graduating BA or BS student from the most recent Wagner College graduating cohort is eligible to apply for the Fellowship.
To learn more about the Fellowship, please contact the President’s Office.
- “Wagner College Designs Fellowship for Graduates Facing Tough Job Market.” Staten Island Advance, July 9, 2020.
- “Wagner Launches Fellowship for Recent Graduates,” Spectrum News NY1, July 10, 2020.