Erica Sterling

Marina, California

HIA Program:

United-states United States 2015


Erica Sterling is a senior at Emory University double majoring in History and Psychology. As a staff member of Volunteer Emory, a student-run community service organization at Emory, Erica led a weekly service trip to the Genesis Shelter, a shelter for newborn babies and their mothers. She is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Fox Center Undergraduate Humanities Honors Fellow and conducts research for the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Case Project. Her honors thesis, "A Better Chance for Brown," interrogates the role of philanthropy in the integration of private secondary education in the United States from 1963 to 1978, and the government’s abdication of responsibility in solving historical injustices. Erica’s primary passions deal with educational inequality. After taking a gap year, Erica plans to pursue a Ph.D in history or American studies to further her studies of educational inequality and public policy.