Humanity in Action Announces the 2016 Diplomacy and Diversity Cohort and the American Humanity in Action Fellows

April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016 — Humanity in Action is pleased to announce the names of the 2016 U.S. Humanity in Action Fellows and the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship cohort. Humanity in Action Fellows are young leaders who are dynamic, entrepreneurial and passionate about changing the world. 

Humanity in Action is an international educational organization. We educate, inspire and connect a global network of students, young professionals and established leaders committed to promoting human rights, diversity and active citizenship—in their own communities and around the world. 

These seventy-one Fellows will participate in the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs and the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship in Europe and the United States. Humanity in Action is also pleased to announce the European Fellows selected for the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship and expects to announce the remaining European Fellows in the near future. 

The Humanity in Action fellowship programs are  highly interdisciplinary and features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. The programs seek to highlight different models of action to remedy injustice relating to diverse societies.

Pictured: Participants of the 2015 Humanity in Action Fellowship in Paris, France.
 

Since 1999, Humanity in Action has engaged more than 1,500 Fellows in its transatlantic study programs focusing on human rights and minority issues—past and present—in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United States. Humanity in Action Fellows have used the knowledge gained in the programs and inspiration from one another to make a difference in public service, journalism, medicine, law, education, the arts, business and grassroots action. Humanity in Action’s unique international network of leaders is a valuable resource to policy-makers, diplomats, educators, business leaders and civic-minded individuals and organizations.

Humanity in Action supports all Fellows financially for the duration of their programs, allowing for the merit-based selection of diverse applicants.  

Each 2016 Fellow will participate in one of Humanity in Action’s international fellowship programs:

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe and the United States

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe take place from May 27 through June 26, 2016, in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and Warsaw. In each national program, an international group of undergraduate students and recent graduates from Europe and the United States explore the histories and contemporary politics of diversity in that country. Before embarking for the European programs, the U.S. Fellows will participate in an orientation workshop in Washington, DC, from May 24 to May 26, 2016. The orientation will focus on American civil rights, Holocaust education and European security and political issues. It will also feature sessions devoted to advising Humanity in Action Fellows on how to engage human rights work in innovative and artistic ways. 

The John Lewis Fellowship is the American program of the Humanity in Action Fellowship. The John Lewis Fellowship will engage 30 undergraduate students and recent graduates from Europe and the United States in daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials. Fellows are required to build upon these far-reaching discussions on social issues after the program by producing Action Projects, which grapple with these issues in society.

Humanity in Action partnered with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., to develop the John Lewis Fellowship based upon a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fellowship honors U.S. Representative John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement.

Humanity in Action selected 48 Fellows for the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe and Atlanta from highly competitive pool of 513 applicants. 

The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship

The Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship is Humanity in Action’s graduate program. The program explores the changing dynamics of diversity and international relations in Washington, Berlin and Warsaw. Graduate student Fellows from Europe and the United States convene in Washington for meetings with influential leaders from governments, multinational corporations, and nongovernmental organizations. The program seeks to explore how American and European governments and nongovernmental actors are responding to a wide variety of international issues with a focus on issues of pluralism. The 2016 program will take place  from May 29 to June 26, 2016. 

Humanity in Action selected 24 Fellows for the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship from highly competitive pool of over 165 applicants. 

Humanity in Action International Conference

The Fellows in the European programs and the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship will reconvene in Athens, Greece, at the end of the programs for the Seventh Annual Humanity in Action International Conference from June 23 to June 26, 2016. The 2016 International Conference will investigate a range of critical issues concerning Greece's political and economic situations. Greece is currently at the forefront of multiple intersecting crises – foremost the migration crisis, as Greece is the first destination for hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees, as well as a hub for human trafficking. Greece is also in the midst of a financial crisis as the country’s institutions and civil society continue to fracture under the pressure of the recession in Europe and the country's ties to the European Union. 

 

2016 HUMANITY IN ACTION FELLOWS FROM THE UNITED STATES

Humanity in Action Fellows in European or American Programs

The European Fellows joining this cohort will be announced in the near future.  

Ahva Sadeghi, University of Arizona
Alexandra Granato, The College of William and Mary
Alexandria Dyer, Colgate University
Andy Post, Colorado College
Angie Del Arca, Bard College
Angie Liao, New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Ashley Lawrie, Agnes Scott College
Ashley Needham, University of Oregon
Cameron Kinker, Washington University in Saint Louis
Carlos Flores, Harvard University
Cassandra Chislom, Providence College
Christine Yu, Cornell University
Courtney Brunson, Mount Holyoke College
Donya Nasser, St. John's University
Ernest Britt, Duke University 
Gage Garretson, Macalester College
Georgia Soares, University of Southern California 
Hana Bracale, Wellesley College
Heather Murray, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Heidi Chiu, Washington University in St. Louis
Jacob Rudolph, University of Miami
Joseph Quisol, College of Charleston 
Joseph Thompson, Middle Tennessee State University
Joy Liu, Duke University
Kareem Watson, Hamilton College
Karissa Tom, Lewis and Clark College
Kassandra Valles, University of Kansas
Katherine Clifton, Princeton University
Kathy Fernandez, University of California, Los Angeles 
Kelvin Ampem-Darko, Wheaton College
Lincoln Mitchell, Yale University
Lisa Muloma, Vanderbilt University
Mehrgol Tiv, University of Pittsburgh
Merve Mert, Saint Olaf College
Micah Friedman, Florida State University
Monae White, Spelman College
Nelly Gordpour, Hunter College (CUNY)
Reyna Araibi, University of Arizona
River Bunkley, Emory University
Ryan Wilson, Yale University
Samantha Keng, Emory University
Sean McGinley, Colorado School of Mines
Shanelle Morris, Trinity College
Symone Purcell, Eastern Kentucky University
Tasneem Maner, Villanova University
Tod Etheredge, Morehouse College
Yana Shkabrova, The City College of New York (CUNY)
Yosef Palanker, University of Maryland, College Park

Humanity in Action Fellows in the Diplomacy and Diversity Program 

Alen Keric, University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Andreas Holzinger, Sciences Po Paris and the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
Ashley Portillo, Columbia University (United States)
David Truong, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (United States)
George Bogden, University of Oxford (United States)
Hanya Riedl, Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (Germany)
Jennifer Kuklenski, University of Southern Mississippi (United States)
Jessica Tollette, Harvard University (United States)
John Scott, Harvard University (United States)
Kathryn McDonald, The George Washington University (United States)
Kyla Johnson, The George Washington University (United States)
Lizbeth Arias, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (United States)
Matthew Kustenbauder, Yale University (United States)
Mike Videler, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Moises Mendoza, Columbia University (United States)
Nina Lazarczyk, Uppsala University (Poland)
Oskar Raczycki, University of Warsaw (Poland)
Renata Barreto-Montenegro, University of California, Berkeley (United States)
Rohit Sudarshan, Tufts University (United States)
Roya Talibova (United States)
Soung Vong, University of Texas at Austin (United States)
Tamikka Forbes, American University (United States)
Tanja Dittfeld, University of East Anglia (Denmark)
Xianzhi Meng, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (United States)
 

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