Center for Housing and Community Engagement

Research Assistants

Brandy Crawford

Brandy Crawford

Brandy Crawford

Brandy earned an Associates in Arts degree from Guilford Technical Community College in May 2014, graduating with honors. She is currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboromajoring in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, with anticipated graduation in May of 2017. Brandy has earned Chancellor’s List academic standing each semester thus far at UNCG. Her areas of interest include social research, factors associated with perceptions of inequality, poverty, criminology, the family, and race relations. Brandy plans to pursue a graduate level program in Sociology here at UNCG upon graduation. Outside of her studies and work at CHCS, Brandy enjoys quality time with family, traveling, and being involved in her children’s athletic programs.  

Linda Cheng

Linda Cheng

Linda Cheng

Linda Cheng is a second year undergraduate student in the Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is majoring in finance and minoring in statistics. Linda is currently a part of the Lloyd International Honors College as well as the Disciplinary Honors Program. She has been on Chancellor’s, Dean’s, as well as the Lloyd International Honors College Dean’s List every semester, and is a recipient of the Chancellor’s and Parker’s Scholarships. Linda has interests ranging from public finance to reformative public policy, and an especial passion for poverty alleviation through sustainable infrastructural economic development. Through her research at the Center for Housing and Community Studies, Linda hopes to not only gain experience in both data discovery and analysis, but most importantly, be a part of the much needed restorative change the community needs. When not working to better her community, Linda enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Francheska Elliot

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Francheska Elliot

Francheska Elliott is an undergraduate student in the Public Health department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. She has been on the Dean’s list multiple semesters. Francheska has an interest in the improvement of low-income and minority communities with emphasis focused in the areas of rehabilitation and empowerment to build sustainable communities. Through her research experience at the Center for Housing and Community Studies she has found her passion for defining environmental root causes of community issues, and bringing awareness to educate community members and leaders, in hopes to invoke change and improvement. When not trying to enhance the health of the community, she enjoys attending social networking events, traveling and shopping.

 

 

Amanda Pausch

Amanda Pausch

Amanda Pausch

 

 

Amanda is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, completing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology.  She has been on the Dean’s List multiple semesters and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society of Sociology, through which she was a recipient of the David F. Mitchell Award in 2017.  Upon graduation in May of 2018, she intends to continue her education through a graduate program at UNCG, and eventually pursue a career focusing on data collection and analysis.  Amanda also has a great interest in the subject of criminal justice, examining structural inequalities as they relate to crime and incarceration, and intersectional feminism.

 

Phillip Sheldon

Phillip Sheldon

Phillip Sheldon

Phillip Sheldon is a graduate student in the MPA program at UNCG.  Phillip’s work at CHCS focusing on rural housing issues, eviction, and fair lending. He is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, Phi Beta Kappa, The Golden Chain Society and a recipient of the Carolyn & David Allan Sociological Theory Prize in 2016. Phillip is also honored to have received the following scholarships: the Wyatt Lee Martin travel grant; the Becky Jackson Scholarship; and Sociological Prize Endowment.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Alex Smith is a senior at UNCG pursuing a Bachelors of Science degree in Economics with plans to continue his education in the Masters of Applied Economics program. He is also a student in long-term recovery from substance use. What this means for him is that he has not used any alcohol or other drugs since 2012. As a founding student member of the first collegiate recovery community at UNCG called the Spartan Recovery Program, Alex has aggressively worked to build a recovery-minded culture of empowerment, purpose and inclusion on campus. He is also currently working with the Attorney General of North Carolina Josh Stein on the Collegiate Opioid Misuse Council to design and implement new policies that will create mechanisms for the UNC collegiate education system to positively impact opioid misuse by students. In his spare time, Alex enjoys hiking in the mountains and traveling with friends.