By Karina Mata – [email protected]

Five Bennies were accepted into the first cohort for the Center for Ethical Leadership in Action.

Juniors Nomin Angarag, Theng Yeng Xiong, Padra Xiong, sophomore Lucy Dornbach and first-year Lesly Gonzalez-Barragan will receive stipends for a summer internship from the $10 million gift that was donated anonymously this past fall.

JULIA ECKART • [email protected] Left to right: Lucy Dornbach, Padra Xiong, Theng Yeng Xiong, Lesly Gonzalez-Barragan (not pictured: Nomin Angarag)

“The donors where really clear that they wanted this first money to really be as directly tied to students as possible,” Director of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement Angie Whitney said.

These Bennies will receive a $5,000 stipend and a $1,000 living stipend in order to help broaden internships and open the possibilities of where the cohorts can do their internship. Additionally, the cohort will attend training sessions in the beginning of the summer along with some sort of mentorship.

The Experiential Learning and Community Engagement (ELCE) office is still in the process of creating a curriculum for the Ethical Leadership in Action future cohorts. They decided keep the amount of funding to students in ethical leadership pursuits the same as other programs on campus, however ELCE wants the first cohort to pioneer the program.

“These are incredible women, they are going to come up with some amazing stuff and how do we incorporate that into the actual experience,” Whitney said.

The first cohort for the Center will be involved in a variety of internship work ranging from public health to policy to human resources.

Angarag hopes to fulfill her dream of working for the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) in Washington, D.C.

APAICS is a national non-partisan, non-profit organization that aims to promote Asian Pacific American participation and representation in politics.

“The goal of this organization inspires Asian Americans to pursue public policy…which is important to me,” Angarag said. “Especially with everything that is going on right now I think it’s just really important to be an active member.”

Like Angarag, the rest of the cohort for Ethical Leadership in Action wants to engage their internship work with the training and mentorship they will be provided by the Center.

Xiong, a junior majoring in sociology, wants to work for Tubman Crisis Family Center in the Twin Cities.

Tubman aims at helping women, children and families struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse and mental health.

“I am excited about the training we are going to have as well to just learn more about what it means to be an ethical leader,” Xiong said.

Due to the timeliness of the donation, ELCE had not established a formal application for this cohort under the Center. With time and preparation, ELCE will have a formal application that is open to all Bennies for future cohorts.