Student Director of SIBS
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Meghan Topkok '13
Major: Native American Studies, Linguistics Minor
Kawerak Inc.; Nome, AK
Meghan served at Kawerak, Inc., a non-profit that serves the indigenous population of the region. Her work focused on several key projects including working with local Elders to preserve the rich oral tradition of the area to make it more accessible to younger generations. Another facet of her work was devoted to repatriation under the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act to return artifacts of significant cultural value to the area. Finally, she worked with villages in the region to address the problem of looting of artifacts from old village and other historical sites.
Jonathan "Jay" Dalton '12
Increasing Health Care Access for Immigrant Populations
Casa de Salud; St. Louis, Missouri
Jay worked with Casa de Salud, a medical clinic that serves the Hispanic/Latino refugee and immigrant population in St. Louis. The benefits of Casa's services extend to the entire St. Louis community by preventing costly emergency room visits through the ongoing care of chronic diseases, which are often left untreated in the immigrant community, since many immigrants work under hazardous conditions for little money and with no benefits. Jay's role with Casa was threefold. He used his language and medical skills in the clinic as a medical assistant. He also worked as a research assistant for Casa's community needs assessment. Additionally, Jay supported Casa's Health Literacy Programs/Client Education Programs by accompanying patients to visits at other healthcare organizations in order to provide support and advocacy.
Joceline Fidalgo '11
Major: Lusophone Studies modified with African and African-American Studies
Joceline returned to BØRNEfonden in Santiago, Cape Verde where she interned her junior year as a Dickey Intern. Having been raised a tight-knit Cape Verdean community, Joceline was excited for the opportunity to give back to her native community. For her fellowship, Joceline built on her research of failure rates of middle and high school Cape Verdean youth and developed programming to increase student success.
Lexi Heywood '11
Major: Russian Language and Literature
For her fellowship, Lexi returned to Children's Hope All-Ukraine Charity Fund in Kiev, Ukraine where she previously completed a Tucker Fellowship. Inspired by her faith and desire to serve others, Lexi pursued a fellowship to help support the Komarivka orphanage. For her fellowship, Lexi worked on projects to reduce human trafficking and assist senior orphans in their transition to employment or higher education.
Amma Serwaah-Panin '10
Major: Mathematics; Economics, concentration in International Finance
Drawing on her interests in bridging finance and technology, Amma spent her fellowship year working with a Senegalese NGO called Tostan on the Jokki Initiative. The Jokki Initiative works to leverage expanding technologies in order to reduce poverty within the community. Amma helped to coordinate the inclusion of mobile phone use into existing community education structures, worked with the monitoring and evaluation department to measure project outcomes and assessed methodology, collected and analyzed date on phone use, and was involved in training sessions. The fellowship provided Amma with a rich real-life experience that helps to ground her current doctorate studies.
Eric Espinoza '10
Major: Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies; Geography
Eric spent his fellowship working as an Immigrant Child Counselor and Legal Assistant with the Florida Immigrants Advocacy Center in Miami, FL and Homestead, FL. In his first role, Eric supports immigrant children serving in the federal detention center. In the second, he provides legal supports a major case brought by FIAC's Workplace Justice Project. Eric's personal experiences in the immigrant community, coupled with his studies, led him to pursue his work helping immigrants in the United States.
Alejandro Borquez '09
Alejandro's Fellowship focused on three projects: the setup of new, free dental clinics throughout the county, increasing enrollment and retention of children aged zero to five into free or sponsored health insurance programs, and the construction of community gardens in primary schools throughout the county.
Sindhura Kodali '08
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 Zelaya Favila '08
Isaura worked 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.
Mary Hiratsuka '07
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 '07
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 '07
As a Olga Gruss Lewin Post-Graduate Fellow, 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.
Rebecca Wehrly '06
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.
Emily Chenel '04
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."
John Myers '03
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 Davies '02
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.
Peter Bastian '98
Peter's Fellowship was completed at the Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation in Mantinilla, Costa Rica. Peter spearheaded a school remodeling project with support from the local Costa Rican government, taught computer classes and also engaged local youth through a Tae Kwon Do academy.
Last Updated: 10/4/14