Humanity in Action Announces the 2014 American Fellows

Humanity in Action is pleased to announce the 40 recipients of the 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship from the United States. The 2014 American Fellows will join students and recent graduates from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine to participate in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Europe. The Fellowship will take place in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw from May 26 to June 29, 2014.

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Humanity in Action Fellows are selected on a highly competitive basis for their high academic standing, active participation in human rights issues and outstanding recommendations. Humanity in Action received a record 605 applications for 40 spots in the 2014 Fellowship. The American Fellows come from diverse backgrounds and represent 33 different academic institutions. Humanity in Action supports all Fellows financially for the duration of their programs, allowing for the merit-based selection of diverse applicants. “We have never had a more diverse and talented applicant pool,” says Dr. Judith Goldstein, Humanity in Action’s Executive Director and Founder. “These young leaders are dynamic, entrepreneurial and passionate about changing the world. We are so thrilled to welcome them to the Humanity in Action network.”

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent university graduates to explore different national histories of discrimination and resistance to injustice, as well as examples of contemporary issues affecting minority groups. The objective is to promote a dialogue about understanding and responding to the challenges that democratic countries face as they become more diverse societies. The programs are also intended to instill a responsibility among Humanity in Action Fellows to recognize the need to be engaged citizens, responsible decision makers and to protect minorities and promote human rights in their own communities and around the world.  The Humanity in Action Fellowship is 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.

The 2014 Fellows will participate in an orientation workshop at the Council on Foreign Relations and the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, from May 26 to May 29, 2014. 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 building careers in the field of foreign affairs. 

This year’s Fellowship will end with a Humanity in Action International Conference in the border region between Germany and Denmark from June 26 through June 29, at which all Fellows from all program cities will gather. The content of this final event will focus on the treatment and status of minorities in border regions in Europe and around the world.

Since 1999, Humanity in Action has engaged more than 1,300 Fellows in its transatlantic study programs focusing on human rights and minority issues—past and present—in 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 is an international educational organization. Humanity in Action educates, inspires and connects 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. 

2014 American Humanity in Action Fellows

Lendsey Achudi, University of Rochester

Benjamin Adams, University of Texas at Austin

Rachel Anderson, Duke University

Sudip Bhandari, St. Olaf College

Jacqueline Bonilla, Whitman College

Noah Bricker, Davidson College

Jasmine Burton, Georgia Tech

Denzel Caldwell, Morehouse College

Bethany Carson, Centre College

Mario Castillo, Occidental College

Mushfiqur Chowdhury, University of Southern California

Abbee Cox, Columbia University

Milicent Dranoff, Washington University in St. Louis

Ediobong Ebiefung, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Jasmine Elliott, Rice University

Yanee Ferrari, Vassar College

Anne Gavin, Macalester College

DeLesslin George-Warren, Vanderbilt University

LaDarrien Gillette, Spelman College

Carlos Gonzalez Sierra, Amherst College

Fryda Guedes, Yale University

Jonathan Johnson, University of Rochester

Dylan Kitts, Saint John's University

Andrew Kovtun, University of South Carolina

Adrienne Le, Yale University

Beverly Li, Whitman College

Riley Linebaugh, University of Michigan

Merry Manson, Arizona State University

Jesse McGleughlin, Brown University

Javier Munoz, University of California, Los Angeles

Hasher Nisar, Middlebury College

Mia Ozegovic, Emory University

Ajwang Rading, University of California, Los Angeles

Saim Saeed, Bard College

Alexander Simon-Fox, Hunter College

Jennifer Tsai, Brown University

Tiffany Vang, College of Saint Benedict

Joel Vargas, Lafayette College

Michael Williams, University of Michigan

Wonman Williams, University of Virginia


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