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RECORD NUMBER OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATES IN CENTER FOR PEACE AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP’S INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Since it began offering a summer internship program, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship has sent approximately 53 students to work in more than 30 countries, volunteering their time for organizations that reflect the Center’s mission of promoting social justice worldwide. This year, the largest number of students to date will scatter across the country and around the world, as more than 40 interns work with orphaned children, assist with public health education, learn conflict resolution strategies, and support sustainable development in rural communities, among other activities.

This summer’s interns and projects include: Bibhav Acharya ’06, building on a past experience to explore public health in Nepal; Sara Adland ’06, studying Hispanic immigrant health on Johns Island, S.C.; Samantha Adler ’08, working at the High Rocks Teen Leadership Program in Hillsboro, W.Va.; Sonia Aggarwal ’06, assisting with rain forest conservation and sustainable development in Costa Rica; Aleem Ahmed ’07, working to alleviate poverty through enterprise in Bangladesh; Amy Alspaugh ’05, interning with the Roma Support Network in London; Priya Amar ’07, participating in Health Law Institute summer research in Boston; Brandon Auerbach ’07, focusing on public health and human rights on the Thailand-Burma border; Alexandra Burger ’06, working with the Condom Art Project in Thailand; Colin Cahill ’07, returning to Indonesia to educate marginalized street youth; Stephanie Carnes ’06, attending a conflict resolution symposium in Cyprus; Corey Chao ’08, helping refugees in Turkey use art to express themselves; Liana Eskola ’06, getting involved with an HIV/AIDS support group in Nepal; Jossi Fritz-Mauer ’06, participating in a summer teaching program in Namibia; Dan Grant ’06, accompanying the American Friends Service Committee to their Work Camp in China; Heidi Jutsum ’06, also working with Grupo Ixmucané in Guatemala; Rui Qi Lim ’07, studying women’s rights in China; Nat Lippert ’06, examining the struggles against water privatization in Chile and Uruguay; Yurika Morita ’08, interning with the Institute for Social Transformation (INSIST) in Indonesia; Sreela Namboodiri ’08, studying Western and traditional forms of medicine in India; Amy Pennington ’07, working with Project PROJIMO, a rehabilitation program in Mexico; Kate Phillips ’06, using teen arts programs to provide AIDS education in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.; Jenny Rabinowich ’08, assisting the Jifunze Project’s grassroots education efforts in Tanzania; Emma Rodman ’07, getting involved with cultural interaction in Syria; Allyson Scherb ’07, focusing on public health and education in Peru; Danielle Stollak ’07, also working with High Rocks in W.Va.; Anirudh Suri ’06, continuing a previous internship’s project studying nuclear conflict in China; Ingrid Weiss ’07, supporting AIDS orphans in Ghana; Brandon West ’07, working to improve democracy in Ghana; Jeanette Wiebush ’06, facilitating education and social services for at-risk children in Nicaragua; and Karenina Wolff ’07, teaching children in India.

In an extension of the traditional internship, several students have partnered with faculty members to assist with their projects this summer. They are: Tess Bilhartz ’06, attending the International School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture in Italy with the help of Associate Professor of Fine Arts Ying Li; Nadja Eisenberg-Guyot ’07 and Ian Ramsey-North ’07; helping Associate Professor of Political Science Anita Isaacs with her research on truth and reconciliation efforts in Guatemala; Liliana Leitner-Laserna ’06, studying perceptions of HIV drug provision and human rights in South Africa with Assistant Professor of Anthropology Zolani Ngwane; and Alexis Tabata ’06, examining conflict and immigration in Indonesia with Leslie Dwyer, visiting professor and Internship Program Coordinator for the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship.

Some members of the Class of 2005 will be going out into the world as Emerging Service Leaders, courtesy of the CPGC. This new opportunity for Haverford seniors allows them to deepen their understanding of social justice issues by interning or volunteering with specific organizations and research institutions or conducting independent research. Kaitlin Decker will participate in community-based education endeavors through the Jifunze Project in Tanzania; Maura O’Brien will work with Women in Progress in Ghana; Brooke Phan will pursue research on Vietnamese communities in Eastern Europe; Bridget Pratt will explore infectious disease healthcare in India; and Rachel Rubinstein will examine immigration issues in southern Mexico.

One recent graduate has been awarded the new Service Leadership Award, which offers financial support for a visionary leader who holds innovative ideas for social change. Laura Sharpless '05 plans to start a small organic farm to act as a land-based education center for Sound Experience, a nonprofit organization that runs educational programs on its schooner in Puget Sound, Wash. Sound Experience’s programs demonstrate the close connection between land and water and show students how their everyday decisions impact the environment around them.

Through interdisciplinary courses, programs and service learning opportunities, the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship prepares future leaders to translate Haverford’s long-standing social justice tradition into action. To learn more about the Center, visit www.haverford.edu/CPGC.

 

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