West Side United Fellows

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Minyoung Do, Applied Data Fellow

Minyoung joins West Side United as an Applied Data Fellow from the University of Chicago. Applied data fellowship is designed by International Innovation Corps to bridge the gap between innovation and social impact, launched by the collective efforts of Harris School of Public Policy and the Law School. Applied Data Fellows work to help translate data-driven insights into actionable policy recommendations, new programs, and operational changes at partner organizations in public and private sectors. At West Side United, Minyoung will work on the data and evaluation team to assist directors and program managers with data-related tasks, as well as creating, developing and updating logic models and evaluation plans in collaboration with different stakeholders. With her background in graphic design, she aims to deliver in-depth data analysis with impactful visuals.

She has rigorous training in both qualitative and quantitative research. At the University of Minnesota where she earned her Bachelor’s degree, she studied political science and gender studies with minors in comparative race & ethnicity studies and Asian American studies. While most of her work in college utilized qualitative research methods, such as case study and interviews, she expanded her horizon by learning how to apply computational/quantitative methods to social science research at the University of Chicago. She is highly skilled in machine learning techniques, statistical analysis, geo-spatial analysis, predictive modeling, as well as qualitative data analysis. Becoming a researcher who dedicates her time, voice, knowledge and skills to fighting injustice stands as her most pressing mission.

Outside of work, Minyoung enjoys spending time with her dogs, playing piano, reading books, writing poems and novels, stargazing, trying out new restaurants, and travelling around the world. Recently, she is interested in learning how to make cocktails and collecting artwork.

Social Change Fellows

The West Side United Social Change Communications Fellowship program in partnership with Free Spirit Media provides a platform for creatives ages 18-30 to use video, photography, graphic design, and social media to communicate our efforts to improve neighborhood health by addressing inequality in healthcare, education, economic vitality and the physical environment with West Side residents.

DeMario Phipps-Smith, Social Media Fellow

DeMario Phipps-Smith, Social Media FellowDeMario is a writer, journalist and social entrepreneur from North Lawndale. Idolizing Michael Jordan’s legendary 90s basketball run, DeMario got his start in sports media and has acquired bylines in publications like the Chicago Sun-Times. Though writing is his gift, DeMario is passionate about building relationships and contributing to the revitalization of the West Side. Currently, he is committed to work that honors and dignifies the people of local Chicago communities.

Gerardo Duran, Photograph & Videography Fellow

Gerardo Duran, Photograph & Videography FellowBorn in the Southwest Side of Chicago, Gerardo Duran has dedicated the past 10 years of his life learning how to work with various forms of mixed media, including filmmaking, photography, graphic design, and more. After being exposed to extremely privileged people during his college career, Gerardo decided to bring his skills to his community where he felt he could bring the most impact. He has been working with underserved communities ever since helping local businesses grow through the use of Social Media Marketing and professional visual content.

Willie Porter, Graphic Fellow

Willie Porter, Graphic FellowBorn and raised on the Westside of Chicago, Willie Porter (Will) is a product of the blue-collar family who has segued into entrepreneurship and community involvement. Will is a fine example that the hoods of Chicago can produce elite, driven individuals as an alum of both the mediocre and superior schools in the Chicago Public Schools system. Along with his family’s newfound business, a printing company, and niche after school programs, Will began to find his purpose and calling as a creative.