Citizenship and leadership continue well beyond graduation for members of the JSF community

September 27, 2017

Over the last several weeks, members of the JSF community have responded to the reprehensible displays of hatred, bigotry, and violence that took place in Charlottesville on August 11 and 12 with their continued commitment to leadership and citizenship. Some have led with frontline reporting, others have penned thoughtful op-eds, and still others have asked difficult questions and initiated much-needed dialogue between opposing viewpoints.

The Foundation recognizes the courage that is required to step forward and lead on the heels of tragic events such as those that took place in Charlottesville on August 11 and 12. Following are some of the ways members of our community have demonstrated that courage.

Aryn Frazier (JS ’17)
Read an op-ed she co-wrote in The Washington Post here.
Read a piece she contributed to in The New York Times here.

Lauren Jackson (JS ’17)
Read an op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post here.

Melissa Murray (JS ’97)
Listen to her discuss free speech on The New Yorker Radio Hour here.

Nora Neus (JS ’16)
Follow some of her reporting for Anderson Cooper 360 here.

Jia Tolentino (JS ’09)
Read her article in The New Yorker here.

John Villasenor (JS ’85)
Read about his research on free speech at the Brookings Institute here.



Aryn Frazier

Thomas J. and Hillary D. Baltimore Jefferson Scholar

Lauren Jackson

R.E. Lee Wilson Jefferson Scholar

Melissa Murray

William H.P. Young Jefferson Scholar

Nora Neus

David C. Walentas Jefferson Scholar

Jia Tolentino

Joseph Chappell Hutcheson Jefferson Scholar

John Villasenor



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