Office of Communications » Pitzer Student Robert Little ’15 Wins Coro Public Affairs Fellowship
Claremont, Calif. (April 17, 2015)—Pitzer College senior Robert Little ’15 has been named a 2015-16 Coro Fellow. The highly selective Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs is a full-time, graduate-level leadership-training program that prepares talented and committed individuals to become effective and ethical leaders in public affairs.
During his Pitzer career, Little has proved himself to be a leader in multiple arenas: he has served as a Congressional intern in Washington DC; managed the Green Bike Program; helped oversee the Pomona-Pitzer intramural sports program; and worked as an admission fellow, a resident assistant and a career services mentor. In 2013, he was awarded Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Environmental Analysis Fellowships for Summer Research and traveled to Ghana to undertake self-designed research on plastic water sachet lifecycles. He returned to Ghana the following summer as a fellow for the Rural Salaga Program to create a women-run, community-owned water business.
A double major in environmental analysis and sociology, Little received a 2014 Jill Ford Harmon ’66 Annual Scholarship to conduct research into the sociology of religion research with Professor of Sociology Phil Zuckerman. In March, Little and Lauren Phipps ’15 became the first Pitzer students to be selected for a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace award. This summer they will build a community-owned, women-run solar project in Ghana.
Little has also been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to South Korea.
Coro Fellows are chosen nationally each year following a rigorous application process that includes a day-long interview. During the nine-month Coro program, fellows are rotated through the major political and economic institutions of an urban area in the US. Former Coro Fellows include Pitzer Board Chair Robin Kramer ’75 and US Senator Dianne Feinstein.
The Coro organization was founded in 1942 by W. Donald Fletcher, an attorney, and Van Duyn Dodge, an investment counselor, to train young veterans in the leadership skills necessary to assure that the US democratic system could more effectively meet the needs of its citizens. Fletcher and Dodge created the name “Coro”– a new word and one without association–to represent both discovery and exploration.