Lang Scholar Profiles

Group photo of multiple Lang Scholars

2016 LOS Program Retreat at Pendle Hill (from left to right, front to back: Sedinam Worlayno '17, Michaela Shuchman '16, Raven Bennett '17, Mariah Everett '18, Fatima Boozarjomehri '17, Tyler Huntington '18, Sonya Chen '18, Maria Castañeda Soria '18, Bolutife Fakoya '17, and Ciara Williams '16).

Tyler Alexander ’17 Project Ké, Tyler’s Lang Project, is designed to improve Haiti’s healthcare system by establishing a Mass Casualty Intervention (MCI) standard for Haitian healthcare providers and by creating an organization, in partnership with Hospital Bernard Mevs, through which MCI skills can be taught and learned.  Project Ké will retain in-country instructors to teach the most up-to-date methods of MCI to classes of Haitian healthcare providers, a structure that provides much-needed jobs for Haitians.

Raven Bennett ’17 The Youth Activist Institute, Raven's Lang Project, aims to prevent rape by delivering consent education to high school-aged youth. While most colleges present consent education programming to their incoming students, this preventative measure often comes too late. Adolescence is a formidable time in which the brain is still developing and irresponsible representations of sexual violence in the media send negative messages to youth. Bennett’s dynamic model of consent education paired with lessons on social justice methodology — working in partnership with the UCLA Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, Calif., — will address the issues at hand. 

Fatima Boozarjomehri ’17 There is a considerable presence of vision related problems in Iran, even higher than that of other Middle Eastern countries. About 30-35% of people living in Iran are affected by myopia or hyperopia (nearsightedness or farsightedness). For people of high socioeconomic status, this is not an issue with modern technology such as prescription eyeglasses, contacts, or even laser vision correction surgery. For those less fortunate, eyeglasses are very expensive, and many people cannot afford them. Fatima's aim is to give those who cannot afford eyeglasses in Iran a chance to correct their vision. In partnership with Periclean Scholar group, the SEE Initiative, Fatima plans to provide prescription eyeglasses made from recycled plastic. 

Maria Castañeda Soria '18 A special major in Peace Studies and Spanish, Maria plans to launch Proyecto de Mujeres Migrantes (The Migrant Worker Women’s Project) as her Lang Project. Proyecto de Mujeres Migrantes will work in partnership with El Centro de Derechos del Migrante (CDM). “Through this project, I aim to tackle the issue of women migrant workers’ rights abuses on a transnational scale using a sustainable, community-supported model,” writes Castañeda Soria. She continues, “Because of this scholarship, I will be able to return to Mexico after 17 years and be a part of a new initiative. It is an opportunity to directly work with my community to create transnational change. As someone who has been through the experiences of being an immigrant, it means a lot to be able to start a project that will hopefully change things for the better.”

Sonya Chen '18  A Political Science and Mathematics major, Sonya will create a Lang Project focused on leadership development and mentoring in Philadelphia Chinatown. Through this project, Sonya aims to partner with a local organization in Philadelphia Chinatown to foster a generation of young leaders to tackle the inequities that face Chinatown and the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. She writes, “I am truly grateful for and excited about this opportunity! As an Asian American woman, the immigrant community is one that I feel strongly connected to. To straddle the worlds of being ‘Asian’ and being ‘American’ can be both a struggle and a blessing; thus, I would like to help foster a safe and supportive space where Chinatown youth can explore their identities and tackle Asian-American issues. I hope to develop meaningful relationships with the youth through mentoring, leadership development, and social justice education.”

Mariah Everett '18 A major in Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Biology, Mariah will develop a Lang Project in the area of refugee health. She writes, "To borrow the words of doctor and medical anthropologist Paul Farmer: 'For me, an area of moral clarity is: you're in front of someone who's suffering and you have the tools at your disposal to alleviate that suffering or even eradicate it, and you act.' The Lang Opportunity Scholarship Program will give me the tools to act to improve the quality of healthcare received by refugees in America. I am excited to embark on this journey working towards a more just world." 

Bolutife Fakoya ’17 The Abuja Science and Community Resource Centre (ASCRC), Bolu’s Lang Project, is an initiative that aims to provide an enriching environment where secondary school students in the Abuja region of Nigeria can explore the ways in which they can bridge the divide between their science education and their communities. By creating and deploying context appropriate science curricula that enrich rather than replace the science curricula currently in place in schools, the ASCRC empowers students to discover pathways in which the scientific principles they learn in school can be applied in ways that leave a positive impact in their communities. 

Tyler Huntington '18 Tyler’s Lang Project, Harvest Circle, will promote the development of an equitable, sustainable, and nourishing local food system in Chester, PA.  Harvest Circle aims to increase food sovereignty, support healthy nutrition and to stimulate a community-based food economy through investing in small farmers, offering a flexible marketplace for consumers, supporting the startup of new residential gardens, and delivering educational programming. Tyler writes, “I am filled with both gratitude and excitement for the chance to implement a project that will allow more people to enjoy the nourishment that enables them to thrive."

Sedinam Worlanyo ’17 The rural village of Odoben in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa (AOB) district of Ghana experiences slow economic development which has resulted in rural-urban migration of the district members to urban cities like Accra. Approximately 700 students attend the community’s sole senior high school; it is the only academic institution present within the district for training young people for the job market in this community. Graduating students lack knowledge in basic marketing, financial, technological, entrepreneurial, and innovation skills that they would need to thrive in their future careers. For her Lang Project, Sedinam proposes to set up a dedicated entrepreneurial/ innovation space, NextGen Vocational Leaders, to develop an entrepreneur mentorship network, to provide instruction on digital literacy and entrepreneurial skills, and to arrange for apprenticeships.