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Crystal Lopez Haynes


Crystal Lopez Haynes


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Boston College School of Social Work

Tom Keane, Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member Agency: Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness

Dr. Alice Colegrove, Consultant for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Description of Fellowship
Crystal worked at the Massachusetts Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness. She really enjoyed working at ICHH because it allowed her to work collaboratively with others and learn from her colleagues, which was something she was looking for in addition to her coursework. She had the chance to improve her research skills by developing a literature review, producing questions for an interview protocol, and facilitating interviews with homeless youth providers throughout the state. She then analyzed this data to present to the ICHH team. She was excited that her work was considered in recommendations to Secretary Sudders. Overall, she learned the importance of working with a team that builds on each other’s strengths to serve a common cause, in this case, working to prevent and end youth homelessness.