The Wagner Review Podcast Series Episode 01 – Mutual Aid Efforts in the Face of COVID-19

By Kyle Roland

The Wagner Review podcast series include’s NYU policy and law students that will analyze policy issues and solutions emerging in real-time around the country.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States has seen record-breaking unemployment rates by US citizens. With many people out of work and unable to pay living expenses, food scarcity is on the rise as the economy reels. Undocumented immigrants and people living in particularly low socioeconomic neighborhoods, have felt the raft of being unable to pay for food and provide for their families. During this time, we’ve seen many mutual aid projects form throughout New York City and New Jersey, where community residents are taking the initiative to care for those unable able to receive adequate assistance from the government.

Stephanie Rosas comes on The Wagner Review Podcast Series to discuss the mutual aid projects she has been involved in, and what it’s been like giving back to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.


0:00: Welcome and introduction from host Kyle Roland

1:04: Stephanie Rosas discuss her mutual aid efforts in the midst of a pandemic

Guest Speaker

Stephanie Rosas is a first-generation, Mexican-American, and second-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in Advocacy and Political Action. She currently serves as a staff writer for The Wagner Review, and finance chair for the Association of Latinx Students and Allies in Public Service. She is passionate about helping the Latin community in addressing health equity and access. Stephanie volunteers with mutual aids in her community, and immigrant rights justice groups to help address food insecurity in the community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Rutgers University.


Kyle Roland is a second-year MPA student at NYU Wagner specializing in social impact, innovation, and investment. He has a professional background in start-up growth, operations, and product design, as well as migration related humanitarian aid. He enjoys travel, guitar, cooking, and positivity. He also serves as a managing editor for The Wagner Review and Co-Director of Events for Social Innovation and Investment Alliance.

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Music Credit: Be Sound