Dina Mezza is a second year MSW policy practice student. She has a BA in legal studies from Quinnipiac University and earned a juris doctor degree from Quinnipiac School of Law. She began her legal career as a research law clerk for the Judges of the Superior Court, joined a general practice private law firm and eventually started her own law practice concentrating on family law and child welfare matters. Dina has worked closely with families in transition involved in family court, child protection matters, and criminal proceedings. She has extensive experience representing minor children in legal matters and advocating for their best interests in court hearings.
Dina’s first year field placement was with a clinical day high school where, in addition to supporting academic learning needs, she proposed a truancy prevention pilot program.
At the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work Dina is working to engage social workers in all aspects of political action and civic participation. She also participates in the Safe Havens Working Group formed by Rep. Pam Sawyer. Dina is committed to improving the welfare of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children and advancing state policies that promote families’ best interests.
Landon Osborn is a second year MSW student with a concentration in Community Organizing. Landon received a BS in Recreation and Leisure from Southern Connecticut State University in 2012. During his time at SCSU he completed two internships: one as youth counselor at the New Haven Boys and Girls club, and the second at Adelbrook Behavioral and Developmental Services in Cromwell, CT where he continues to work as a Residential Counselor for youth on the autism spectrum with multiple diagnoses. Landon continues to mentor and volunteer in the southern Connecticut area
Landon’s first year field placement was with Hands on Hartford, where he did advocacy, research, project management and organizing around issues of homelessness and food insecurity.
In addition to his placement at the Humphreys Institute, Landon will intern with the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA). He is also a co-chair of the Community Organizing student group at the School of Social Work.
Landon is interested in Organizing and Policy, particularly as it concerns urban issues, oppressed populations, at risk youth, economic and housing insecurity. He would like to be a leader at a local, state or federal level addressing these critical social and human rights issues.
Aurelia “Ginger” Price
Aurelia “Ginger” Price is a first year MSW policy practice student. She earned her BSW from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a passionate advocate for juvenile sentencing reconstruction and has voluntarily lobbied commission members and state legislators of the Judicial Committee. Recognized by her peers for her diligence and dedication, she was awarded the honorary title of Social Work, Social Justice Advocate at SCSU.
Ginger has worked at Yale New Haven for the past nine years. Additionally, she was the Assistant Community Coordinator for the West Rock Coalition. In this position she researched community outreach programs, trained and coordinated volunteers and solicited the program to potential partners in the broader community in order to build partnerships.
Ginger will be working closely with NASW’s Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE). Ginger’s interest in policy practice is to encourage civic participation, particularly in urban and minority communities.