Madeline Granato is a first year MSW student with a concentration in Policy Practice. Maddie received a BS in Psychology from Union College in 2014. During her undergraduate studies at Union, she completed an internship with the Teen Empowering and Mentoring Program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady, which placed Schenectady High School students with positive mentors from the community, and was also an active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
In addition to her placement with the Institute, Maddie is also an intern at the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, a non-profit organization in Hartford that promotes women’s rights and opportunities throughout the state. As an intern at CWEALF, Maddie has concentrated on the Connecticut Campaign for Paid Family Leave, a coalition advocating for the implementation of a mandated system of paid family leave to benefit the state’s working caregivers. She has also worked closely on the Campaign for a Working Connecticut, which seeks to develop workforce solutions through increased worker trainings and adult education programs.
Maddie is also representing the Institute on NASW-CT’s Education and Legislative Action Network, which studies legislative issues of importance to NASW’s policy agenda and mirrors her interest in political advocacy.
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.