Announcing 2017 Humanity in Action Fellows

May 03, 2017

May 2, 2017 — Humanity in Action is pleased to announce the names of the 2017 Humanity in Action Fellows. Humanity in Action Fellows are young leaders who are dynamic, entrepreneurial and passionate about changing the world. These 161 Fellows will participate in the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe and the United States. 

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. 

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 1,600 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 2017 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 26 through June 25, 2017, 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.

The John Lewis Fellowship is one of the American programs 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.

The Detroit Fellowship is the second American program of the Humanity in Action Fellowship. The Detroit Fellowship will bring together 22 students and young professionals from Europe and the United States for an intensive program that will examine the promise, failure and possibilities of social and economic progress in Detroit. The program will explore the biography of Detroit — a city deeply emblematic of the tensions of massive economic and cultural change in 20th and 21st century America. The program will place special emphasis on democratic inclusion of marginalized groups, equitable development, social entrepreneurship and public health. 

Humanity in Action selected 68 U.S. Fellows for the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs in Europe and the US from a highly competitive pool of 510 applicants. 

Humanity in Action International Conference

The Fellows in the European programs will reconvene in Berlin, Germany, at the end of the programs for the Eighth Annual Humanity in Action International Conference from June 22 to June 25, 2017. The 2017 International Conference will explore the rise in nationalist sentiment, xenophobic rhetoric and political extremism across Europe and the United States, and the resultant challenges to transatlantic relations and domestic policies on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Humanity in Action Fellows in European or American Programs

Amsterdam Program

Darija Sesar, University of Mostar

Tahmina Ashraf, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Samir Azrioual, University of Leiden

Sharona Badloe, University of Amsterdam

Sophia Blijden, University of Leiden

Ilia Chalimourda, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Aletta de Savornin Lohman, Free University of Amsterdam

Kyra Fox, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tamar Guttmann, New York University

Damir Kurtagic, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

Sophie Lagarrigue, Amsterdam University College

Louis Laine, Swarthmore College

Marty Lopez, Smith College

Courtney Luke, University of Texas at Austin

Daniel McElroy, New York University

Arne Muis, University of Leiden

Anold Mungutye, The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Nikki Niland, Radboud University of Nijmegen

Maria Chrysoula Petala, University of Macedonia (Greece)

Tessa Pijnaker, Free University of Amsterdam

Jalyn Radziminski-Smith, Emory University

Jamila Sallali, The Hague University of Applied Sciences

Aaron Scherf, Mercer University

Deniece Wijdenbosch, Free University of Amsterdam

Atlanta Program

Hope Anderson, Southern Methodist University

Rukhsar Asif, University of Southern Denmark

Simone Aumaj, University of Utrecht

Jazmine Buckley, Mercer University

Seung Hyun Chung, University of Pennsylvania

Adam Cohen, University of Pennsylvania

Chandra Dickey, Scripps College

Roberto Flores, Florida State University

Małgorzata Hermanowicz, Warsaw School of Economics

Arlette Hernandez, Washington and Lee University

Sabiha Kapetanovic, Ege University

Esra Karakaya, Humboldt University Berlin

Jordanos Kiros, Free University of Amsterdam

Konstantinos Koukos, Copenhagen Business School

Zelma Lewerissa, University of Copenhagen

Alex Mabanta, University of California, Berkeley

Mairi Markaki, Harokopio University

Darriel McBride, Marist College

Emily McDonnell, University of Arizona

Ehlimana Memisevic, University of Sarajevo

Priyanka Menon, Harvard College

Pedro Monque Lopez, St. Olaf College

Alma Mujanovic, University of Sarajevo

Lila Murphy, New York University

Sara Osman, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Beau Revlett, University of Kentucky

Eliza Rutynowska, University of Warsaw

Ian Stewart, Illinois Wesleyan University

Keitavious Walk, Duke University

David Werdermann, University of Freiburg

Berlin Program

MagdaliniAlexandropoulou, Free University of Berlin

Tanashati Anderson, San Francisco State University

Anoush Baghdassarian, Claremont McKenna College

Julia Melanie Brandes, University of Dundee

Alexander Busold, Hertie School of Governance

Kateryna Gaidei, National University "Odessa Law Academy"

Maria Garaki, Central European University

Carmen Glink Bujan, Freie Universität Berlin

Helen Kramer, Oberlin College

Lidya Mesgna, Boston College

Iris Najjar, Freie Universität Berlin

Yasar Ohle, Bucerius Law School

Mateusz Olechowski, University of Warsaw

Panourgias Papaioannou, University of Athens

Tetiana Piletska, European University Viadrina

Atia Qader Sadiq, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Michael Scott, Morehouse College

Adam Stasiak, University of Warsaw

Zaakir Tameez, University of Virginia

Iason Tsoukalas, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens

Elaine Vilorio, Amherst College

Mohamed Karam Yahya, Humboldt University Berlin

Copenhagen Program

Helen Ali, Aarhus University

Jonathan Bror Otto, Roskilde University

Simon Bruun Bech, Aarhus University

Daniel Buchman, Middlebury College

Giovanni Iaboni, University of Pennsylvania

Ismahan Ismail Hersi, University College London

Priyanka Kalra, Aarhus University

Dimitra Karapanagiotou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Semi Killic, Roskilde University

Dianne Lake, Yale University

Christopher Macias Escalona, Roskilde University

Elizabeth McAvoy, Tufts University

(Anna) Linh Müller, Freie Universität Berlin

Tuan Nguyen, Soka University of America

Catherine O'Neill, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Faith Oloruntoba, Aarhus University

Anesa Opijac, International Burch University

Asta Christensen Otto, University of Copenhagen

Eleni Oureilidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Antonela Ramljak, University of Sarajevo

Jared Russell, Colorado College

Marijn Vermeulen, Roskilde University 

Emma Yip, University of California, Berkeley

Detroit Program

Mona Amin, East Carolina University

Asma Baban, University of Michigan

Nathan Catey, Oakland University

Molly DeDona, Calvin College

Azra Dizdar, University of Sarajevo

Hannah Gardenswartz, Scripps College

Quinsy Gario, Royal Academy of Fine Arts

Jamal Grant, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Sofia Karagianni, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Katherine Kennedy, University of Michigan

Marta Kopczyńska, University of Warsaw

Rahel Kroeker, University of Konstanz

Jacqueline Laurell, Calvin College

Julia Mardeusz, University of Warsaw

Caitlin Murphy, University of Detroit Mercy

Sheila Namakula, Wayne State University

Jacqueline Ramsey, Central Michigan University

Megan Raymond, University of Pittsburgh

Whitney Sherrill, University of Michigan

Efthymia Stathopoulou, National and Kapodistrian University ofAthens

Hannah Wagner, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Frederik Adam Winther Zoega, IT-University of Copenhagen

Sarajevo Program

Malte Breiding Hansen, University of Copenhagen

Ana Caldeira Beels, Columbia University

Sylwia Dimtchev, Adam Mickiewicz's University

Lydia Ghuman, University of Missouri, Columbia

Danielle Tazuana Johnson, Bucknell University

Nikola Lero, University of Banja Luka

Vlatka Lucic, University of Mostar

Katrina Martell, Columbia University

Rachel Salcedo, Pace University

Alia Schwelling, Maastricht University

Bono Siebelink, Bard College Berlin

Virginia Spinks, Emory University

Jorinde van der Meijden, University of Amsterdam

Daria Vilusic, University of Tuzla

Aldin Vrskic, University of Sarajevo

Warsaw Program

Marilyn Alvarado, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Eugenie Becker, University of Osnabrück

Jakub Belina-Brzozowski, Jagiellonian University

Sarah Bhatti, University of Osnabrück

Robert Brisson, Middlebury College

Agnieszka Chmiel, Nicolaus Copernicus Univerity

Alicja Dańkowska, Kozminski University in Warsaw

Kalina Dobrowolska, Wrocław University

ErikEdman, London School of Economics and Social Sciences

Erika Gallagher, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Aleksandra Hołyńska, Wrocław University

Vladyslav Ivchenko, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

Małgorzata Agnieszka Kot, Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences

Aleksandra Lekowska, New York University Shanghai

Miosz Lindner, University of Warsaw

Vedika Luthra, University College Utrecht 

Vaclav Masek, New York University

Sarah Molina, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Agnieszka Przytarska, Nicolaus Copernicus Univerity

Jay Richey, Western Kentucky University

Bryan Stromer, Vanderbilt University

Ana-Maria Szilagyi, Columbia University

Yaromyr Udod, National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

Eleni Zervos, Brown University

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