Luce Scholars’ Program The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Address Information Card (click here to save) Name Firstname Lastname Current Address STREET xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx CITY XXXXXXXXX STATE XX ZIP xxxxx Telephone (CURRENT) (xxx) xxx-xxxx (OTHER) (xxx) xxx-xxxx Nominating Institution Smith College Current Occupation Research Associate, Empowerment of Women Research Program Indicate below your expected whereabouts (with dates) from December 10 to January 31. Also give address and phone number, if different from those given above, through which you can most easily be contacted during that period. This information will facilitate the scheduling of preliminary interviews. Please contact me at the above home address, or at my work address: Academy for Educational Development xxxxxxxxxx, xxxxxxxx, XX Xxxxxxxxx, XX xxxxx Phone: (xxx) xxx-xxxx From December 24 to January 1st, please contact me at: xxx Xxx Xxxxxx Xxxxxx Xxxx, XX xxxxx Phone: (xxx) xxx-xxxx Luce Scholars’ Program The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Personal Statement (click here to save) Full Name Firstname Lastname Nominating Institution Smith College The United States today makes many decisions and controls many resources which affect the global community. As a citizen of this country, as a person who votes for our political leaders who control large amounts of foreign aid and make crucial world decisions, I feel obliged to make every effort to understand the conditions of other people worldwide, the history which brought them to that point and their desires for the future. As a woman who wants to pursue a career in the international development and human rights fields, I know in order for my future work to be effective, I must invest time in working abroad and understanding communities in various regions of the world. I am interested in getting to know intimately a community in Asia, a region in which I have recently become interested. I would like to compare some of the development issues in that region with what I know about Africa. When I was preparing to go to Zimbabwe my junior year of college, I went to the public library and got out numerous books on the country and its people. I took an African Society and Cultures class and spoke to a fellow student who had been there. In my excitement, I spoke to many acquaintances and family about my semester in Zimbabwe. I will never forget how I learned as much from some of their comments and their notions about Zimbabwe as I did from books. A medical student questioned whether there was civil war in Zimbabwe. Another friend who was going to visit me because of the beautiful pictures she had seen of Zimbabwe decided not to visit after she learned of the HIV/AIDS rate and asked me if I was concerned about it. Even while in Zimbabwe, when I visited my white relatives and their white friends, I was surprised by their lack of understanding of how the majority of Zimbabweans lived. These many misconceptions about how others live helped me to understand the importance of questioning preconceptions about regions of the world, nations or communities and to value the knowledge gained by talking to people who have first-hand knowledge. When I was in Zimbabwe, I learned from my homestay families, from the healthcare workers I interviewed, from the teachers I worked with, and from many other members of the community about the issues that affected them and their ideas on what in their society that they would like to see changed. Luce Scholars’ Program The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Personal Statement (Contd.) (click here to save) In my current position as a research associate for the Empowerment of Women Research Program, I analyze transcripts of interviews with women and men in Bangladesh and Vietnam. They speak about gender inequities, reproductive health, marriage arrangements, and economic and educational opportunities for women. In Bangladesh, we find that some of the girls and women are without the resources or opportunities to get educated, to work without getting sexually harassed, to live a life free of domestic violence, or even to wait to marry after they are teenagers. I have begun to explore how and if the situation in Bangladesh and Vietnam is common in Southeast Asia and in Asia by reading literature and attending lectures. Unfortunately, my project’s tight funding situation, especially in the recent economy, has not allowed me to travel to either Bangladesh or Vietnam. Similar to how I had many questions from reading about Zimbabwe and taking a class in African cultures and societies, I have many questions I would like to explore by traveling to Asia and getting to know individuals whom these problems are affecting. During my two years in Washington, DC, I have attended various lectures, watched documentaries on international issues and met many other young professionals working in the field of international human rights to keep informed of the many different conditions people are living in worldwide. I have ceased to be amazed at the number of times that I have learned of a development issue or human rights abuse in the world of which I had not been aware. I hope to pursue a masters degree in international human rights or development and explore both the political, economic and social reasons which societies allow these human rights abuses to continue. I hope to continue my career doing advocacy for international human rights and designing social programs to empower individuals to have the opportunities they want to have. One of my long-term goals is make sure that the children in the USA learn about international communities and understand foreign affairs before graduating high school. Often the voices that are silenced are those of women and children. The loud voices which are heard in the international community are those of the business leaders and politicians, of which the majority are not women and of course not children. If granted the Luce Fellowship I would enjoy working with an organization that serves women or children and assists them to be empowered and heard in their community. I am most interested in working with an organization which provides social programs that perform a service for the community. I would enjoy being involved in the planning, implementation, or evaluation of the program. Luce Scholars’ Program The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Biographic Information (PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT IN BLACK INK) 1. Name LAST Lastname FIRST Firstname MIDDLE What do your friends call you? Nickname Date xx/xx/xx 2. Nominating Institution Smith College Research Associate, Empowerment of Women Research Program, Academy 3. Current Occupation (what and where) for Educational Development (AED), Washington, DC 4. Are you not a candidate for a degree? [ ] If so, what? Date expected? 5. Current Address STREET xxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx CITY XXXXXXXX STATE XX ZIP xxxxx 8. Age xx Date of Birth xx/xx/xxxx Place of Birth City, State 9. Marital Status Single Full name of spouse 10. Spouses college or university degree(s), and dates, Field of Interest Current Occupation 11. Dependents NAME ------------------------------- AGE RELATIONSHIP NAME AGE RELATIONSHIP NAME AGE RELATIONSHIP 12. If a change in marital or dependency status is contemplated prior to the beginning of the program, please specify: Return this form to the Luce Scholar liaison officer at the nominating institution, or click here to save online. Luce Scholars’ Program The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. 2 (click here to save) 13. List in reverse chronological order all educational and professional schools attended, going back to high school. FIELD OF STUDY INSTITUTION (MAJOR) (MINOR) YEARS ATTENDED DEGREE DATE RECEIVED Smith College Anthropology, English 1997-2001 BA May 2001 School of Oriental and Spring 2000 African Studies Pitzer College in Fall 1999 Zimbabwe River Dell Regional High 1993-1997 June 1997 School 14. List in reverse chronological order previous employment (including military service). NAME AND ADDRESSOF EMPLOYER Academy for Educational Development, 1825 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009 Research Associate Qualitative research Dec ’01- YOUR TITLE OF POSITION NATURE OF WORK DATES present John Snow Research and Training Institute, 1616 N. Fort Myer Drive, 11th Fl. Arlington, VA 22209 NAME AND ADDRESSOF EMPLOYER Research Assistant Qualitative research Dec ‘01- Nov ‘02 YOUR TITLE OF POSITION NATURE OF WORK DATES NAME AND ADDRESSOF EMPLOYER Fenton Communications, 1320 18th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036 Assistant Business development Fall 2001 YOUR TITLE OF POSITION NATURE OF WORK DATES NAME AND ADDRESSOF EMPLOYER Ravina Agarwal, Smith College, Northampton, MA Research Assistant Research 1998-99, YOUR TITLE OF POSITION NATURE OF WORK DATES 2000-01 15. Please list the major non-academic activities you participated in while attending college briefly, indicating any positions held or awards received (Attach additional page if necessary.) While at Smith College, I was very active in the Service Organization of Smith College. I was Long-term Projects Chair on the board during the school year 1998-99. I organized and marketed two community service fairs where about 30 local agencies recruited students as volunteers. I also designed and wrote bi-weekly newsletter that advertised volunteer opportunities. I was a contact for students interested in getting involved. I was a SOS house representative for two years and kept the women in my house informed of community service opportunities and annual the blood drive and collected money for fundraisers and gifts for children at Christmas time. (CONTINUED ON LAST PAGE) Luce Scholars’ Program The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. 3 (click here to save) 16. List activities other than those given above which may be relevant to this application including any learned, scientific, professional or artistic societies of which you are a member, and articles or books you have published. I am an active member of a professional association for pro-choice Democratic women. I attend their monthly meetings of their international interest group. In addition, I am member of the Women’s Rights Amnesty International Action Team. Their listserv keeps me updated on world events and local opportunities to learn more about human rights and take action against human rights abuses. I am a member of the Society for International Development, and have attended lectures on various development issues. I am also a member of the Working Anthropologists Professional Association (WAPA) in Washington, DC. I have received acknowledgements for my contributions to publications from Ravina Aggarwal, the professor for whom I worked at Smith, and from my current director, Sidney Ruth Schuler. I recently was first author on an abstract on early childbearing in Bangladesh which was submitted and which if accepted, I will present at the Global Health Conference in Washington, DC. 17. List any special honors, awards, or fellowships you have received. I was granted several scholarships from my hometown community to attend college, including ones from the Rotary Club and the Women’s Club. Smith College selected me as a STRIDE scholar, an award received by about six percent of each entering class. This honors program for self-motivated students provides them an opportunity to work with professors on research during their first two years of college. For one year, I assisted Elizabeth Spelman, a professor of philosohpy, on her research on the philosophy of repair. I worked with Ravina Agarwal for two years on her research on Ladakh, a region in India. In the past year at AED, where I currently work, I have been given two awards, Outstanding Admin and Outstanding Management. 18. List other schools or special training programs (vocational, trade, Armed Forces, or business) and dates, subjects and certificates. Since I have graduated Smith, I have taken a Statistics class in spring of 2002 and an Introduction to Conversation Spanish class in fall 2003 at the USDA Graduate School. In April of 2003, I took a graduate course, Program Evaluation at American University. I attended the Ms. Foundation Institute for Economic Empowerment in October of 2003. 19. If you have lived or traveled in any foreign country, state the years, countries, length of time and purpose (military service, business, education, or vacation). I was in St. Lucia for a week of vacation in 1993, and St. Vincent for a volunteer program for 2 months in 1994. I was in Zimbabwe, fall 1999, for 4 months to study and in England in 2000 for 5 months to study. For a few days each, I went to Scotland, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Austria, Portugal, and Belgium for vacation in 2000. During summer of 2003, I went to Mexico for vacation. 20. List languages (other than English) of which you have knowledge and indicate your present level of proficiency (excellent, good fair) French- good Shona (spoken in Zimbabwe) and Spanish- fair/basic knowledge Luce Scholars’ Program The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. 4 (click here to save) 21. List the five college courses you feel have been of the greatest value to you and indicate why (in one sentence each) From Introduction to Anthropology, which I took my first year of college, I became aware of the great diversity of cultures and learned how to question social practices. It allowed me to investigate how the communities I have been in have shaped my beliefs and practices. The Marriage and Motherhood Anthropology Seminar I took allowed me to think in new ways about both and understand how crucial both marriage and motherhood are to understanding gender equity and women’s empowerment. My desire for men to contribute to our class debates taught me to value male involvement when talking about trying to achieve gender equitable relationships. The class, US Foreign Policy, which was taught by a former State Department employee opened my eyes to the reasons why states act or don’t act in different global events. My senior year I took Autobiographies of African-Americans and the class required us to write a race journal about our own life. I learned a lot from the frank and open discussion about present day race relations. When I was in Zimbabwe, I had a Shona class and value the tools it gave me to communicate with my homestay families and community members and to learn from them. 22. Name and address of parents NAME Firstname Lastname STREET TELEPHONE xxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx (xxx) xxx-xxxx CITY XXXXXXXXX STATE XX ZIP xxxxx 23. Name and address of next of kin in the U.S. if different from #22 (other than spouse). Indicate relationship NAME STREET TELEPHONE CITY STATE ZIP United States 24. Citizenship 25. Do you have any physical disabilities or have you had any serious illness which might restrict you in working in a foreign environment? No. 26. Have you been arrested and convicted of any offense (exclude traffic violations for which you were fined $75 or less), or have you ever been discharged from the Armed Forces under other than honorable circumstances? If your answer is “yes”, give details. No. 27. Name of hometown newspaper Washington Post Luce Scholars’ Program The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. 5 (click here to save) 28. Use this space to continue responses that do not fit in any of the fields provided on previous pages. Other service projects of mine at Smith include teaching a prisoner a decisional training course and teaching a poverty awareness lesson to all classes at a neighboring public charter school and distributing to them the materials to collected money for UNICEF’s Trick or Treat fundraiser. For one year, I was an academic advisor my house and counseled students in dorm of 80 women on academic issues, headed meetings with new students and participated in house council.