PULSE Fellow Stories

Fellow Story: Peter Carter

“I chose to transition from working in engineering to PULSE so that I could be more active in the community and be able to help people.” A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Peter Carter majored in Chemical Engineering and minored in Chemistry. Prior to joining PULSE, he worked as a chemist with the PPG Coatings Innovation...
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Fellow Story: Seppi Grugan

“PULSE has inspired me to be more intentional with setting goals and working towards achieving them in a realistic and logical manner.” A graduate of Juniata College, Seppi Grugan majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. During his time in school, Seppi was President of the Democrats Club, treasurer of the Pre-Law Club, and a member of...
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Fellow Story: Kiersten Jones

“I have enjoyed feeling supported, while simultaneously having the opportunity to support other people.” Kiersten Jones grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and attended Grove City College where she earned a degree in History. Kiersten is passionate about public education, gender equality, and equal opportunities for children and their success. Kiersten has spent considerable time in the...
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Fellow Story: Andrew Ferrante

“PULSE has definitely allowed me to learn from other people’s perspectives. The people in the program and in my community are so different from me, allowing both of us to teach each other new things.” Andrew Ferrante grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and attended the University of Dayton where he earned a degree in Business Administration, Economics...
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Fellow Story: Makaela Press

“There is a strong sense that we all want to help each other become the best versions of ourselves. We have created this open dialogue to keep bettering our community and space.” A graduate of the University of Oregon, Makaela Press majored in International Studies and minored in Global Health and Legal Studies. She was heavily...
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Fellow Story: Donovan Hayden

“PULSE has definitely helped me think about myself as being part of a community. Not just the community on the South Hilltop, but the whole community of Pittsburgh. It’s easy to see yourself as an individual in a place, and PULSE has helped me see that I can be an integral part of a place...
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Fellow Story: Lucy Friedman-Bell

“I think learning about myself is what I’ve enjoyed most about living in a community. I feel like living with others is a constant process of identifying and working through priorities, interests, and needs and I feel that it consistently pushes me to reflect on myself and my relationships.” A graduate of Carleton College, Lucy Friedman-Bell...
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Fellow Story: Diana Yuh

“Living with people who come from different backgrounds has challenged me to think about how people have unique needs. PULSE has helped me think about how to meet these kinds of diverse needs while making sure that my own needs are being met.” A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Diana Yuh majored in Global Studies. She...
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Where in the World is PULSE? DBT STEPS-A Facilitator Training and Adventures in New York

By: Mary Dempsey I finally made it. After weeks of deliberation, this opportunity was created with the help from Dr. Carla Chugani and my supervisor at Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Chris McAneny. For three days in October, I would be attending a DBT STEPS-A Facilitator Training in New York. Excitement sent a wave of chills...
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