UEP Program Ambassadors

Meet Reilly, Mateus, and Jenn, the 2014-2015 UEP Program Ambassadors

Meet Reilly, Mateus and Jennifer, the 2014-2015 UEP Program Ambassadors

Choosing a graduate program is a big decision. At Brown, we’d like to make the process a little easier. Our student ambassadors are happy to give prospective students insight into our community, from elective selections and internship placements, to scholarships and apartment searches. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have.

Mateus Baptista
Mateus graduated from Brown University in 2014, with a concentration in International Relations. Prior to beginning the UEP program, Mateus served on the Newark Board of Education, and taught E.S.L. classes. He chose Brown’s UEP program because of the small cohort model and easy access to world-renowned faculty. Additionally, Mateus was drawn to the program’s internship component, which provides students with real world experience and tremendous guidance before entering the policy world.

Mateus is currently completing his internship with El Rancho Unified School District in Pico Rivera, California. Upon graduation, he’d like to contribute to mission-driven impact work that strives toward collective impact. Specifically, he sees himself working in a district central office, at the state level, or in a non-profit doing great work. Email Mateus at mateus_baptista@brown.edu.

Reilly Pharo Carter

Reilly earned her degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas in 2008. Before beginning the Urban Education Policy Program she served as the Vice President, Education Initiative for the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the state’s leading child advocacy organization. While there, Reilly led the organization’s education policy efforts as well as served on the Children’s Campaign’s leadership team. Over the last five years, her work with the Children’s Campaign focused on strategies to support vulnerable children and reduce Colorado’s growing child poverty rate.

Currently, Reilly is interning with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) as a Policy Consultant.  Leadership for Educational Equity is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Teach for America corps members and alumni to grow as leaders in their communities and help build the movement for educational equity.  There, she provides support, coaching and feedback to varying policy areas of the organization.

Likely, after the UEP program, Reilly will continue to work on education issues through advocacy and policy development focusing centrally on vulnerable and at-risk students.  She does not have a specific policy area or organization at which she hopes to work for as her next step; rather, her goal rests with working on systemic issues with dedicated individuals who are willing to ask tough questions and fight for real change. Email Reilly at reilly_pharo@brown.edu.

Jennifer Stoudt

Jennifer completed her undergraduate studies in Journalism and Political Science at the University of Maine, graduating in 2012. Jennifer also earned her Master’s of Arts in Teaching from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to starting the UEP program, Jennifer worked as a second grade teacher for two years while serving as a Teach For America Corps Member in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jennifer says her experience as a teacher in North Carolina truly opened her eyes to the multitude of systemic problems impacting teachers and students in urban school districts. Jennifer chose the UEP program because it perfectly combines her passion for policy and education, provides a supportive and collaborative environment, engages students in rigorous and important coursework, and helps her to develop the research and data skill set she is seeking to gain.

Jennifer is currently interning with the Boston Public Schools’ Data Inquiry Team in the Office of Data and Accountability. Her team works with 20 schools throughout Boston, providing them with needed support to develop data-driven instructional practices. After graduating from the UEP program, Jennifer would like to work for an urban school district as a research or data analyst. There, she would like to focus on helping implement data-driven instructional practices in schools as well as using data to best support English Learners and at-risk students. Eventually, she would like to earn her PhD in either Public Policy or Urban Education. Email Jennifer at jennifer_stoudt@brown.edu.