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Broadmead welcomes first paid interns

By Ann Hunter

Under the trees in the summer of 2020, Cluster C residents discussed ways to improve diversity at Broadmead. Their initial idea of offering administrative internships to local college students of color interested in a career in a continuing care retirement community was fleshed out in a meeting with Jennifer Maraña, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and CEO Robin Somers and has now become a reality.

This spring, Broadmead welcomed its first two interns, Dominique Givens and Daniel Sebulime. These are the first paid Broadmead internships (currently funded by residents’ donations) and are intended for students of color who want to work at a CCRC in a leadership/executive capacity. Dominique and Daniel both chose Broadmead for their internships because of its Quaker values and non-profit status. They were especially pleased to have an on-site, hands-on experience.

Daniel will receive a B.S. in health information management from Coppin State University this year, and his project is very specific to his major. He is working with Trisha Wiggins, Executive Assistant to the CEO, on record retention and destruction, developing policies to be applied to records in human resources, healthcare, finance, and administration. All the while, he is absorbing invaluable knowledge of how Broadmead is organized and managed.

Dominique, who is due to graduate from UMBC in 2024, is majoring in the management of aging services. She has chosen projects in three departments. She is working in Healthcare to rebrand or retitle positions, reflecting cultural changes. For the Social Work Department, she coordinated a Zoom meeting, “Recognizing National Social Work Month,” which included a history of social work and honored staff and resident social workers. She is also receiving training in data entry in the Finance Department. Dominique is interested in helping to make retirement communities more available for people of color.

Both interns look forward to meeting and talking with residents during their time at Broadmead.

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