Grove Fellows in Charles Kaiser’s Cohort

Shannon Dalrymple’s interests in public policy are based primarily in women’s rights and social justice, with a focus on how those areas are influenced by education. In the future she hopes to use what she has learned through the Grove fellowship to inspire her students to learn about cultures and world-views different from their own.

Majors: English Language Arts, Childhood Education



Raymi Echavarria is committed to improving access for all young people to a quality education particularly those who are underrepresented in higher education. She held an internship at MDRC, a social policy research organization. She is a member of CUNY DREAMers and volunteers at NYSYLC, an undocumented youth led organization. Currently, she is a consultant for NYCDOE’s College Bridge for All initiative, which uses a peer-mentorship model to increase college access for NYC’s public high school students.

Majors: Sociology, Public Policy, Honors

Ester Rim is a Junior working towards a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Studies with a Legal Studies minor. Growing up in Queens as a 1.5 generation immigrant, she became interested in Asian American and immigrant rights issues and pursued opportunities in government and nonprofit organizations to promote community participation and change.

Major: Political Science


Beata Samel is interested in practicing immigration or public interest law in the future. Her interests in public policy include immigration policy, homeland security and the military. She is excited to be a Grove Fellow this semester so she can work with other public policy-interested students on a research project. She hopes to be able to use these skills in the future to contribute to government legislation.

Major: Religion


Kamal Walker has an Associate degree in Accounting from Hostos Community College. He runs track and cross country for Hunter Athletics and is the president of the Haitian drumming workshop. Kamal enjoys independent research. He is an avid reader of historical, political, and spiritual books. He has a profound sense that it is his duty to help others, so he is happy to be a Grove Fellow.

Majors: Psychology, Linguistics