Learning Logs: Fellows

Updates and Insights from Bush Fellows During Their Leadership Journey

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I’m Sherman Patterson Jr., and before I was a Bush Fellow, I was a mentor and community leader who saw a need for change in my city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Too many times I felt my immediate community impacted by violence; too many times I saw children looking for role models and wanting someone to listen to them. I saw the reality around me and realized, something needs to be done and I would love the resources to be able to achieve that change.

Christina Sambor
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When I was awarded my Fellowship last year, one of my colleagues, who would become a close friend and mentor, told me, “Buckle up, this is going to be a game changer.”

A game changer it has been. A year ago I was an associate attorney at a law firm in Bismarck, ND, working on education, family and criminal law. I was thrilled to have received a Fellowship from the Bush Foundation, and planned to continue working as an attorney, but to reduce my caseload by a quarter, to make room for the study of the incidence of and trends in human trafficking in North Dakota.

Marvin Sims, Jr.

What have I learned thus far? Ever sense I found out that I was selected as a Bush Fellow my life has truly changed. I learned that the power of the human spirit is AMAZING. I have gone to several Bush events and have met so many brilliant people I don’t truly don’t know where to start. Well, I guess it started at the Bush Connect Conference in August where I had a chance to meet Angela Duckworth, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Angela is a expert on the topic of Grit, her research on grit is changing the way educators work with kids.

Makram El-Amin
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I begin my learning log expressing my gratitude for such a great opportunity of the Bush fellowship to begin a journey of self-discovery and growth that perhaps wouldn't have been possible without this time, space, and resources.