TJ von Oehsen '18 works with Education Law Center, whose mission is to ensure access to a quality education for all children in Pennsylvania. TJ's work has involved compiling special education funding data for all 500 school districts in the state of Pennsylvania, assisting in writing ELC's report, "Shortchanging Children with Disabilities: State Underfunding of Special Education in Pennsylvania" that was released alongside of that data, and visiting Harrisburg to meet with allies and legislators that will hopefully help move ELC's mission forward. He is currently finalizing a report that is being prepared by request of the newly appointed Philadelphia School Board regarding equity and funding in the charter school sector.
As a fellow, TJ runs a project called Philly Fridays, that seeks to make Haverford students more aware of the wide range of justice and activism related work that is currently underway in the greater Philadelphia region through visiting various organizations oriented towards missions of social change. These visits serve as a means for students to learn about various social justice initiatives that are happening in and around the city and opens the doorway to getting involved in social change efforts in a more regular capacity while attending Haverford.