Three DUSP Students Awarded Kuehn Fellowships

Please join us in congratulating Amarillys Rodriguez, Rachel Belanger, and Will Monson on their recently announced 2016 Kuehn Fellowships.

The Kuehn Fellowship is designed to enable promising students to work with embed organizations to further access and capacity for Massachusetts affordable housing. Fellows share and assimilate knowledge through networks of mentors, practitioners, and government officials.

Amarillys is eager to learn more about affordable housing development through the Kuehn Fellowship while making a positive impact in Boston's neighborhoods. She is interested in complementing her policy and advocacy experience on poverty related issues with hands-on experience in housing and economic development to better understand how to build equitable, safe, healthy, and vibrant communities.

Rachel is looking forward to beginning work as an affordable housing developer in the Boston region. In addition to helping protect and expand the supply of affordable housing, she is interested in advancing the quality of housing options through innovative partnerships and creative approaches to resident services, community spaces, and site planning.

Will is studying policies pertaining to neighborhood gentrification, and the public participation process by which these policies are implemented. For his thesis he is looking at the JP/Rox plan, interviewing various groups and actors involved in its creation on how to foster better collaboration among community groups and residents, as well as city policymakers.

The Kuehn Charitable Foundation reflects the values and interests of Robert H. Kuehn, who dedicated his time to preserving historic buildings through promoting mixed income and affordable housing. To learn more about the Kuehn Charitable Foundation and the Kuehn Fellowship, click here.