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October 21, 2009 > Coro fellow to work on feasibility of Universal Design Ordinance

Coro fellow to work on feasibility of Universal Design Ordinance

Submitted By Amy Rakley

The City of Fremont is pleased to welcome Homaira Hosseini, one of 12 members of the 2009-2010 Coro Center for Civic Leadership's "Fellows Program in Public Affairs" to her one-month field placement with the Planning Division of the Community Development Department. Homaira is working with City staff to assess the feasibility of a Universal Design ordinance in Fremont.

Universal Design strives to be a broad-spectrum solution that produces buildings, products, and environments that are usable and effective for everyone, including people with disabilities. In addition to her work on Universal Design, Homaira will learn how the City of Fremont is structured and funded, and how it interacts with the community, other agencies and organizations, and a wide range of stakeholders in accomplishing its work. Homaira's field placement enhances the relationship between the City of Fremont and the Coro Center for Civic Leadership. For the past two years, the City of Fremont-Coro Leadership Collaborative has trained over 30 City staff to enhance leadership abilities, build greater personal and organizational awareness, and create a strong network of peers that transcends internal boundaries.

"As the City analyzes the feasibility of Universal Design for our community, we appreciate the opportunity to work with the Coro Fellows Program," said Jill Keimach, Community Development Director. "Welcoming Homaira Hosseini, who is also Fremont resident, makes this collaborative effort even more meaningful." Homaira has served the Fremont community through her volunteer work with the Afghan Coalition, a local nonprofit. Her interest in public policy stems from experiences empowering disadvantaged communities. After tutoring youth in socio-economically troubled areas and juvenile facilities, she became focused on eliminating educational barriers through policy work. As Student Body President of UCLA, Homaira implemented a deferred payment plan that helped low income students pay fees. After Coro, Homaira hopes to obtain a joint degree in law and public policy.

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs is a full-time, 9-month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, intelligent and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena. Sixty-eight Fellows are chosen nationally each year through a highly competitive selection process; Homaira is one of 12 Fellows who are based in the San Francisco office.

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