Posted on June 25, 2024 · Posted in LGBTQ Policy Center News, Roosevelt House General News

The LGBTQ Policy Center at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House is pleased to announce the 2024–2025 Pride Policy Fellows: Christopher Asma, Lily McAndrews, and Juniper Sokolov.

These three students will each receive a $5,000 stipend to support an internship with a non-profit organization, legislator, or government office that addresses LGBTQ policy during the Summer of 2024.

Fellows Bios:

Christopher Asma (he/him) is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in public policy and computer science at Hunter College. Over his college career, Christopher has cultivated a passion for public service by working for multiple elected officials and government agencies. Currently, he is a Pride Policy Fellow interning for State Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal—where he assists constituents with navigating government and drafts proposals for legislation—and a Paragon Fellow—where he drafts and presents memos on technology policy for state and local governments. Becoming a Pride Policy Fellow has been a tremendous honor and has allowed him to continue working in a field that he is deeply passionate about.

Lily McAndrews (she/her) is a rising senior majoring in Sociology and economics with a certificate in Public Policy. As a Pride Policy Fellow, she is interning at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), assisting their team in development, communications, and member services. She is honored to have been selected as a Pride Policy Fellow this upcoming year, as it allows her the opportunity to continue centering resources and policies for TGNCNB people in New York City. She is thrilled to have this opportunity and is excited to learn, grow, and listen this summer.

Juniper Sokolov (he/him) is a Junior pursuing majors in Psychology, Philosophy, Politics, and Society, and a certificate in Public Policy. He is a Roosevelt Scholar, Alpern Honors Scholar, and avid student organizer at Hunter. Much of his work and passions center around the nexus of queer theory, transgender autonomy, and abolition justice. As a Pride Policy Fellow, he is excited to work with Council Member Tiffany Cabán’s office in conducting legislative research and responding to community member’s needs, concerns, and challenges. Juniper is honored to have been selected as a Pride Policy Fellow this upcoming year, as this opportunity helps to scaffold and enrich his understanding of grassroots organizing, policy building, and queer abolition. He hopes that he will be able to support the lives and experiences of queer and transgender people like him.

The Pride Policy Fellowship presents a wonderful opportunity for the LGBTQ Policy Center to support students engaging in LGBTQ policy work while meeting its mission to support academic research on LGBTQ policy and student internships on LGBTQ policy and advocacy in New York State.