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                           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
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                         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.
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         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

         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.
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                                        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:

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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

 River Dell Regional High                                           1993-1997                                      June 1997

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

                                        John Snow Research and Training Institute, 1616 N. Fort Myer Drive, 11th Fl. Arlington, VA 22209

                            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
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.

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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
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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?

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.

27. Name of hometown newspaper
 Washington Post
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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.

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