Anna Richards awarded the Dean of Arts Development Fund Internship Award
Anna Richards (U2, Political Science and Sociology) interned at the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) in Kenya for three months. IIN works to redress the ways in which indigenous and minority peoples have been marginalized by the mainstream development agenda, particularly due to their ways of life as nomadic pastoralists or hunters and gatherers. Anna solidified her interest in helping marginalized people through this internship and her past employment, education, involvement with NGOs such as End Poverty Now and Borderless World Volunteers, and her participation in the Millennium Promise Conference 2006. At IIN, she put her personal leadership skills to use in both fieldwork involving indigenous rights around Kenya, most specifically at a rural indigenous girls’ school.
Asma Ishak awarded the Dean of Arts Development Fund Internship Award
Asma Ishak (U2, Political Science and World Religions) interned for two months in Montreal this summer with the Social Justice Committee (SJC), a non-profit organization that works to expose the root causes of poverty, human rights abuses, economic injustice, and environmental degradation in developing countries. Asma is the recipient of many awards of excellence for her academic achievements. She has many interests, ranging from global environmental issues, to voter turnout, literature and traveling. Fueled by a genuine desire to better the human condition, Asma aspires to pursue a career in NGO work upon completion of her degree.
Jessika Tremblay awarded the Dean of Arts Development Fund Internship Award
Jessika Tremblay (U3, Anthropology and African Studies) spent three months interning with Africa SOMA, an organization focused on improving the standards of education in the face of poverty and AIDS in Kenya. As a cadet leader, she has strong leadership qualities, as well as experience in planning and conducting courses. She is interested in writing about the impact of education and community-based development on land-rights lobbying among marginalized groups. The internship gave her the opportunity to narrow her academic interests, facilitating her path to graduate studies.
Vivien Carli awarded the Dean of Arts Development Fund Internship Award
Vivien Carli (U2, International Development Studies and Economics) interned for three months with the Indigenous Movement for Peace and Conflict Transformation (IMPACT). IMPACT is a NGO based in the Laikipia region of Kenya. This organization addresses the underlying causes of conflict, poverty, social and policy exclusion, and human rights abuses among the pastoralist communities of Kenya, while strengthening their capacity to influence national policies. Vivien has demonstrated a strong commitment to international issues, exemplified in her work with the Social Justice Committee, the Control Arms Campaign, One World One Campus and McGill Women in House. At IMPACT, Vivien gained an understanding of the partnerships between organizations involved in peace-building, the effectiveness of their strategies, and the use of political pressure as a means of advancing rights for Kenyans.