Summer 2020 Interns

Summer 2020 College Interns

Maia Spoto

Maia Spoto, is a sophomore at Northwestern University where she majors in journalism and global health and edits stories for The Daily Northwestern.

Reporting on the intersections of health, politics, and social justice, she spent her freshman year digging into equity issues that face residents living in the Chicago area. Last spring, Maia uncovered that Chicago’s Native American COVID-19 mortality rate could stand at triple the rate of the city’s overall population — a statistic the city had otherwise kept under wraps. She also investigated how coronavirus mask regulations and poor interpretation infrastructure obstruct emergency care services for those who are deaf.

Maia is a passionate advocate for mental health services, food access, and education equity, among a myriad of other initiatives. At Urban Health Media Project, she’s excited to mentor students and help them share their stories. In her free time, Maia enjoys dancing, art and film.

Davon Harris

Davon Harris attends Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. He is a freshman majoring in Mass Communication with a focus in Broadcast Journalism. He was elected Freshman Class Senator for the 2019-2020 academic school year. He has been a part of UHMP for about two years.

Davon shares his experience with UHMP: 

Summer 2020 High School Interns

Amora Campbell

Amora Campbell, is a senior at Richard Wright Public Charter School with positions in various clubs, school activities, and extracurriculars in Washington, D.C. In ninth grade, Amora met Jayne O’Donnell, the founder of Urban Health Media Project. This meeting kickstarted her love of journalism and helped the future career woman with decision-making, writing skills, and a journalistic instinct.

In tenth grade, she attended Real World History, an after-school D.C. history class, for an internship at Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University. While there she became interested with African Diaspora books, which helped her realize her passion for history. Her favorite subject is, unsurprisingly, AP World History where she learned how much the past can influence the world in policy and education. Amora aspires to be a history teacher with a focus on international and inner city education because she hopes to make a change using different teaching styles.

Nora Collins

Nora Collins, is a senior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. She is looking to further her awareness about the social determinants of health. She is passionate about investigating the intersections of analytic, scientific discoveries with social justice, public policy, and journalism.

Nora has written for her school newspaper, The Wicket, as a staff writer for the last two years and started her own Health & Science column with the goal of getting her peers more engaged in their personal well-being. She will be the editor of the Sports & Health page next year and hopes to incorporate her experiences and discoveries from working with Urban Health Media Project.

Along with journalism, Nora is interested in social justice issues; she authored a 12-page research paper on the disparities in Maryland’s pretrial detention system, which highlighted the systemic inequalities which adversely affect people of color and minorities. Her interest in public policy came from attending a summer course on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Princeton University, where she led a presentation on genetic testing and consumer awareness. She will be interning with the FDA’s Oncology Center to continue investigating current consumer-minded regulatory standards.

Nora is also an active advocate for the special needs community. She has a twin brother who has special needs, and is passionate about increasing levels of community inclusion. She volunteers for Sports Plus and KEEN, which provide sports activities and social programs for children and young adults with mild-to-moderate autistic spectrum disorders and other disabilities, and she is a member of her school’s “Best Buddies” club. Nora works to extend this sense of inclusion through her work with UHMP, where she seeks to help students develop confidence in not only their own writing but also in their voices and ability to enact tangible change.