Monterey Institute students Karla Micheli and Natalie Alfaro tell the stories of the people they met during an eventful summer internship in Nicaragua in a photo exhibit now on display at the Monterey Museum of Art.
Three MIIS Students on Three Continents Advocating for Peace
June 11, 2010
This summer three Monterey Institute students will be working as Peace Fellows on three continents for the Advocacy Project, a non-governmental organization based in Washington D.C. The diverse projects undertaken by this trio will find them seeking justice for family members of the disappeared in Peru, building networks for women in Ghana and promoting women’s reproductive rights in Nepal. The fellowship program is based on the idea that change is best achieved by those who are directly affected. Fellows are expected to help their hosts tell their story, develop information tools and help partners develop campaigns.
Kate Bollinger is a graduate student in International Policy Studies, with a focus on international development and the region of South Asia. Kate already has a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where she pursued field research and language study in India and Nepal. She will build on her experience and knowledge this summer while working to promote women’s reproduction rights in Nepal.
Josanna Lewin is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration with a regional focus on Latin America. She will serve as a Peace Fellow in Ghana, working with Vital Voice’s Business Women’s Network. Josanna was a founding member of The Associates, a network of young professionals in San Francisco, promoting awareness of and funding for vital services. In Ghana she will focus on building a network for businesswomen in the region where they can share information, learn from each other and provide access to resources and tools.
Karin Elena Orr is also working on her master’s degree in International Policy Studies with a focus on conflict resolution. She will be working on the “Humanitarian Umbrella” project in Peru with the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team, restoring the identity of the disappeared and seeking justice for family members.
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This past summer, four Monterey Institute students served as Peace Fellows for the Advocacy Project, working on such diverse issues as women’s reproductive rights in Nepal and helping families of victims in Peru find closure through forensic anthropology.