Meet Our Fellows

Congressional PlacementRep. Hakeem Jeffries

InterestsCriminal Justice Reform, Economic Development, Racial Equity

Fellowship Presented By

Haleigh R. Hoskins

Social Justice Fellow

Haleigh Hoskins (She/Hers) is equity-focused and interested in economic development and criminal justice reform. A Chicago resident, Haleigh has worked in municipal government, focusing her efforts on the intersectionality of race and healthcare as well as community outreach to underserved areas. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of her projects included researching the Chicago neighborhoods most in need of PPE by cross-referencing Census track data and data from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Using the data, she supported a citywide mask distribution effort to provide assistance to Black and Brown communities most affected. Further, her work has allowed her to support the City of Chicago’s implementation of a Community Wealth Building framework that will allow residents to reinvest and maintain a cycle of wealth within their own communities. Haleigh hopes to continue her work in these policy areas, but, she also hopes to expand her portfolio by focusing on the intersectionality between education and the criminal justice system.

Outside of work, Haleigh volunteers as an advisor to the Mayor’s Youth Commission where she encourages the city’s youth to create and implement policies that positively impact their development and educational aspirations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from Spelman College and a Master of Arts in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.

As part of the Fellowship program, all Fellows complete a Social Impact Service Project (SISP). These projects allow Fellows to partner with a nonprofit organization to implement or support an initiative that is in alignment with their areas of expertise and the needs of the organization. For her SISP, Haleigh is working with the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Equity and Racial Justice to launch a digital and outreach strategy surrounding the City of Chicago’s “Year of Healing” initiative. This initiative strives to catalyze momentum to advance racial healing in Chicago by amplifying and connecting existing initiatives as well as by nurturing and promoting new initiatives across Chicago. To see this project to fruition, Haleigh will support community engagement strategies by implementing a quarterly newsletter, managing digital efforts, and engaging residents in difficult discourses that foster racial healing and restoration in neighborhoods across Chicago. Haleigh is hopeful that as a result of this partnership, Chicago residents will be able to reflect on their past, reclaim their present, and reimagine their future.