Periclean Scholar Profiles

Current Projects

The Fanoos Project

The Fanoos Project aims to provide educational, job-training, and networking opportunities for the undocumented Afghan immigrant community in Tehran. Owing to their illegal status, children from these families are denied access to public education and barred from formal employment; therefore many Afghan children are forced to support their families by working as street vendors in dangerous conditions. This student group will work with the Ale Ahmad School, the only private school for this community recognized by the Iranian government, to create an after school program targeted at those students in the most desperate economic circumstances. (Group Leadership: Brandon Connor '17, Mohammad Boozarjomehri '19, and Fatima Boozarjomehri '17)

Serenity Soular

The north Philadelphia neighborhood around Serenity House has experienced the many forms that social, economic and environmental “disinvestment” can take. The local economy, the infrastructure, the physical environment, and consequently the community members have been negatively impacted by this long history of disinvestment.  In partnership and ongoing collaboration with Serenity House, the ultimate goal of this project is to support the creation of an independently functioning, community-run, worker-owned cooperative enterprise called Serenity Soular. (Group Leadership: Nora Kerrich '16, Lekey Leidecker '16, Laura Rigell '16, and Amit Schwalb '17)

Past Projects

Chester Garden Youth Cooperative

The Chester Garden Youth Cooperative (CGYC) works in partnership with the Urban Tree Connection at the Bennett Homes farm to address the serious barriers to fresh food access that exist in the City of Chester. CYGC volunteers work at the farm to provide households with fresh vegetables, distribute information on nutritious eating and food preparation, and develop garden skills and healthy eating habits amongst the residents of the Bennett, especially children. (Group Leadership: Talia Borofsky '18, Laura Chen '19, Willa Glickman '18, Rebecca Griest '16, Juliana Gutierrez '16, Tyler Huntington '18, and Bennett Parrish '18) 

Chester Youth Court Volunteers (CYCV)

Chester Youth Court Volunteers (CYCV) is an innovative, restorative justice program that trains students in law and civics, leadership skills, and youth court procedure. CYCV members conduct hearings for their peers who have committed disciplinary offenses, working together to create a constructive sentence that will help their peers. CYCV is a positive disciplinary alternative to suspension that empowers Chester students to engage in civic service while gaining important leadership skills. The role of Swarthmore students on-site is to provide guidance and support during youth court trainings and hearings, as well as provide leadership training and opportunities for academic achievement and access to higher education.

Common Ground Solidarity Network (CGSN)

"Thinking Globally, Acting Locally": One-Day Conference on Post-Hurricane Katrina Gulf Coast 5 (May 2006) was hosted at Swarthmore College to continue to raise awareness of the short and long term issues that arose in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The conference brought students from the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Ursinus, and Widener as well as Swarthmore to create a network and working framework for social change in our local and global communities. The overarching principle guiding this conference and the work of the collective is that a critical mass can achieve an anti-racist, anti-classist society.

Education to Empowerment

Education to Empowerment (E2E) empowers youth in underprivileged rural communities to attain educational outcomes in line with 21st century globalization, ubiquitous technology, and knowledge economies through digital literacy and project-based learning so they can become active participants in developing their own communities towards prosperity. (Group Leadership: Yohan Sumathipala ‘16 and Aaron Jackson ‘16)

Global Health Forum (GHF)

Founded in January of 2007, the Global Health Forum seeks to improve global health through raising awareness, cultivating partnerships, and pressuring political initiative. One current initiative is entitled "Minus Malaria." The purpose of this campaign is to educate and inspire college students to become agents of change in the fight to eradicate malaria and other infectious diseases. The first focus of our campaign will be to inspire students from other college campuses to become involved in eradicating malaria, thereby engaging them in a unified effort to create social change.

Global Neighbours (GN)

The mission of Global Neighbours (GN) is to eliminate the discrimination and promote the dignity of people marginalized because of medical and/or physical conditions. GN's primary goal is to build and develop mutually enriching and sustainable relationships with the communities GN works with. GN will work toward this goal by cooperating with organizations, volunteering and raising awareness working with community partners Children and Adult Disability and Educational Services (CADES) in the Swarthmore, PA and Joy in Action (JIA) Network in China.

Peace Innovation Lab

Peace Innovation Lab is a unique grassroots innovation model - a creative space for members of rural communities to come together to design, prototype and implement interesting projects and models that contribute to grassroots innovation, peace and stability. PIL's long term vision is to establish itself as a local innovation hub - a place where villagers can have access to tools and resources to solve their own problems. For more information: (Group Leadership: Nimesh Ghimire '15, Rajnish Yadav '18)

Pémon Health

Pémon Health is a community-based organization whose mission is to demonstrate initiatives designed to provide sustainable improvements in the health of Pemón villagers. The Pémon Health team is composed of Swarthmore college students, local leaders in Urimán, and Venezuelan healthcare professionals. The primary objectives of Pemón Health are: to work with Pemón leaders to implement effective community-level health initiatives; to provide summer interns with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of patient medical care by working with village doctors in rural medical clinics in southern Venezuela; and to serve as a model for other student-led organizations focusing on global health and community-level development. After their tenure as a Project Pericles funded group, Pemón Health received a Davis Project for Peace award; group founder, Yonjun Heo, also received a Clinton Global Initiative University grant to further support the work of Pemón Health. Please visit for more.


Co-created by members of Earthlust and Mountain Justice, PowerPush connects current Swarthmore students with the growing national student movement for climate justice. PowerPush builds regional networks by connecting with student climate justice activists at nearby campuses, participates in resistance on the front lines of extraction, supports campaigns to de-finance the industry, and lobbies for regulation of the industry. The goal of PowerPush is for Swarthmore students to lead the national student movement toward weakening the fossil fuel industry. The group brings speakers to campus from the frontline communities and hosting open strategy conversation on campus. (Group Leadership: Hazlett Henderson ‘17 and Laura Rigell ‘16)

Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) R Us

SAVE R Us included a double mentorship program in which college students train high school students as Peacemakers, and high school students mentor elementary students in skills to prevent bullying and learn effective nonviolent conflict resolution skills. It was founded by Brandon Lee Wolff '07.

Sudan Radio Project (SRP)

The Sudan Radio Project (originally called Darfur Radio Project) is an idea that came to life in the fall of 2006, drawing members from across all academic years. Inspired by the members' involvement in Swarthmore Sudan, the Genocide Intervention Network, and War News Radio, the SRP aimed to shift the lens through which we understand and engage with the genocide in Darfur as well as the north-south and east-west conflicts within Sudan.

Swarthmore-Sudan (SWAT Sudan)

SWAT Sudan worked to end the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. They used their Pericles Grant to organize a national conference of college students already working on the issue as well as those interested in starting a program at their own colleges. 

Taller de Paz

The members of Taller de Paz (Workshops for Peace) were named Periclean Scholars in Spring 2011. Taller de Paz creates fun, interactive, and educational workshops that provide the tools necessary for self-expression and empowerment for kids and their families who have been displaced by the 60+ year internal conflict to be agents of social change. Taller de Paz started out offering four workshops (Art, Leadership, Inquiry, and Storytelling) plus outings with the kids and graduation. Recently, the group created a Comité de Padres (Parent Committee) in order to ensure the sustainability and future of TDP. Tdp, represented by Alexander Frye and Deivid Rojas, was invited to speak at the Third International Conference on Women's Safety: Building Inclusive Cities in Delhi, India in November of 2010. Get up-to-date info by visiting the group's website , our tumblr , and  twitter .

Village Education Project (VEP)

The Village Education Project (VEP) pays the full costs of secondary education in the villages where they work in Ecuador. VEP sponsors entire communities rather than individual students to make sure that education becomes an integrated part of village life, and to ensure that students entering high school will have support from friends in their community. VEP sends its students to school prepared.  Each year, VEP offers a summer program taught by volunteer teachers to bring the students up to grade-level. The curriculum, designed by Ecuadorian educators, U.S. Education Professors and U.S. education students, is meant to condense the essentials of what every student must know into ten short weeks. During the school year, VEP offers tutoring sessions, an education center with computers and free internet where students can study and do their homework, and frequent meetings with the communities to keep parents informed and involved. The Village Education Project is a non-profit foundation founded in August 2005 by Katie Chamblee '07 and operated by a staff of Swarthmore students.  For more, please visit the group's website at