Joanna Schneider '13
Student Director forBig Brother, Big Sister
Major: Sociology modified with Psychology; Minor in Chemistry
Other Campus Involvements: DOC; General Manager of Big Green Bus
Fun fact: She got involved in Big Brother, Big Sister in high school, over 7 years ago!
Sindhura's interest in working with people of South Asia is part of her larger hope to help others by understanding herself and the people around her in the process of full and complete immersion. Her pursuit of that aim has taken her all over the world, from the coal mines of West Virginia, the rain forests of Nicaragua, and the slums of Chennai.
Isaura will be working four months full-time with Global Grassroots, a non-profit organization based in Lyme, New Hampshire. Global Grassroots is an organization that uses social entrepreneurship training and seed funding to help women victims of conflict and genocide launch their ideas for social change. They primarily work with communities in Darfur, Rwanda, and South Africa.
For her Fellowship, Mary conducted research on the success of Inuit language preservation among the native Greenlandic population. She worked closely with members of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) on issues regarding language. After her time in Greenland, Mary flew home to Dillingham, Alaska in order to speak with community members and begun a language program based on her research in Nuuk.
Dailan J. Long
As the Olga Gruss Lewin Post-Graduate Fellow, Dailan worked with the Diné CARE Organization. Diné CARE’s mission is to bring awareness to the native community on such issues as power plants, oil drilling and other environmentally devastating projects. Dailan was involved in educating and interpreting for the Navajo Community, while also providing a voice for all native people in the Diné lands. Specifically, Dailan highlighted the effects of a proposed coal-burning power plant called the “Desert Rock Energy Project.”
G. Andrew Mackin
As the Olga Gruss Lewin Post-Graduate Fellow at the Tucker Foundation, Andrew worked with the International Portfolio. He was involved in college-wide collaborative projects, student, fellowship, and group advising, learning, assessment, and policy work at both the student and foundational level, and development and non-profit research. He travelled to Rabat and Khenifra, Morocco in May 2008 to continue work with the Institut Royal de la Culture Amazighe on rural education projects and curriculums, micro-credit programs, and community representation models.
For her Olga Gruss Lewin Fellowship project, Rebecca partnered with Integrated Health Outreach System, an agency in South Texas whose primary mission is “to create a proactive public health model that will help isolated residents of colonias along the Texas border to enhance their understanding of how to remain healthy or reduce physical and mental health problems, improve their access to appropriate primary care services, and participate in building the capacity of their community to more effectively improve the health of its members.
When asked to describe her project, Emily says, "In receiving an Olga Gruss Lewin Post-Graduate Fellowship, I will commit from June 2005 through June 2006 to a project bringing public awareness to the Pebble Creek mining project in Southwest Alaska. I will do this through photographing the environmental beauty, ecological integrity and incomparable fisheries of the Bristol Bay drainage and the communities that depend upon their furthered protection and prosperity, all of which are at risk with the proposed mine development.”
Since his graduation, John has shifted his academic focus to cross-cultural medicine both at home and abroad. He spent six months on a Lewin Fellowship serving as a public health volunteer in the Philippines. In the future he hopes to support the sharing of America’s resources in healthcare with countries abroad, particularly in the developing world.
Sharon went to Tanzania through Visions in Action, an NGO that places volunteers with non-profits, development organizations in Africa. She volunteered in Arusha as a project assistant and an adult education teacher at Aang Serian, an organization that promotes indigenous cultures. She also taught kindergarten through grade 3 English, Swahili, and Math at Shinda Basic School and operated an after school program for children in her neighborhood.
Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation, Mantinilla, Costa Rica
Last Updated: 8/7/11