Steffi Colao '19 Receives Lombard Public Service Fellowship

Every year up to a dozen Lombard Fellows match their interests and skills with partners across the globe to create a 6-12 month project that tackles local need and benefits the public good.

Steffi supported Reprieve's legal staff through casework assistance and advocacy campaigns for Reprieve's clients detained in Guantánamo without charge. She also worked to connect ex-detainee refugees with support services as part of Reprieve's Life After Guantánamo program. Steffi studied Geography and Public Policy, as well as French and Arabic; with the Geography department, she wrote an honors thesis on medical examinations of refugees. With the Dickey Center, she has interned at the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and has also spent terms volunteering for legal organizations in New York City. She plans to go to law school to specialize in public defense or immigration and refugee policy.