Two DPP Programs Impact YWCA Hartford Region


Angela Daguplo and Terry Fitzgerald
Angelica Daguplo, IPP intern (MPA 2017), with Terry Fitzgerald, Development Events Specialist for the YWCA Hartford Region (Encore!Hartford 2014), at the YWCA Community Matters event.

This past academic year, Angelica Daguplo (MPA 2017), chose to work in advocacy and public policy for the YWCA Hartford Region as her Internship and Professional Practice (IPP). Angelica worked directly with CEO Deborah Ullman.

Through her IPP, Angelica crossed paths with a DPP alum of a different stripe, Terry Fitzgerald, Development Events Specialist for the YWCA Hartford Region and 2014 alum of DPP’s Encore!Hartford. Encore!Hartford prepares transitioning corporate executives for careers in the nonprofit sector. Terry came to the YWCA from the corporate media field.

Angelica and Terry worked together on many projects including the YWCA’s presentation of #EqualMeansEqual, as part of the Community Matters series: timely conversations that bring community members together. “It was a pleasure to work with Angelica. I know she will be a true asset to the organizations she moves to as she forwards her career,” states Fitzgerald.

An Evolving Tradition

Over the last three years, the YWCA Hartford Region has consistently sought to bring DPP Master of Public Administration (MPA) students into their work through the IPP second year internship program. Maria Cruz, (MPA 2016) was the first Advocacy and Public Policy IPP intern for the YWCA. Maria has since gone on to a career in the nonprofit sector. She is the Compliance Specialist at The Village for Families and Children in Hartford.

This August, former DPP undergraduate Fast-Track and now second year MPA student, Isabel Blank, will be filling Angelica’s shoes. Isabel will be the 2017-2018 Advocacy and Public Policy DPP IPP intern for the YWCA Hartford Region. This upcoming academic year, 36 DPP students will be interning in 28 Connecticut municipalities, state agencies and nonprofits.

Since 1867, YWCA has consistently responded to the issues that affect women’s lives and their well-being. Increasingly, the goal for every woman and girl to achieve economic security has become the paramount theme of YWCA programs. YWCA serves the greater Hartford area with vital programs, including early learning and school-age childcare; emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing; youth leadership development; racial justice awareness and financial literacy education. YWCA serves 2,000 people annually.