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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.

Lang Scholar Profiles

Tyler Alexander ’17 Project Ké, Alexander'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, Bennett'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. 

Ferial Berjawi '19 In partnership with an organization like Makhzoumi Foundation, Berjawi, of Beirut, Lebanon, aims to empower youth in Lebanon through her Lang Project, Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders. “Working with the Lebanese and Syrian communities toward providing training for and access to high-skill labor is vital to the creation of a sustainable source of income," she says. "More importantly, poverty alleviation is linked to the increase in school enrollment, decrease of child marriage and labor, as well as the reduction of poor health.”

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 percent 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. Boozarjomehri'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, she plans to provide prescription eyeglasses made from recycled plastic. 

Maria Castañeda Soria '18 A special major in peace studies and Spanish, Castañeda Soria 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,” says Castañeda Soria. “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, Chen will create a Lang Project focused on leadership development and mentoring in Philadelphia Chinatown. Through this project, Chen 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. “I am truly grateful for and excited about this opportunity," she says. "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, Everett will develop a Lang Project in the area of refugee health. "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), Fakoya'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. 

Omri Gal '19 seeks to counter discrimination against Mizrahi youth in Israel through entrepreneurship and social innovation programming. “Given [Israel’s] tech-oriented, innovative context, launching a project that teaches entrepreneurial techniques and methods to Mizrahi students could have significant impact,” he says. Gal is considering a variety of possible approaches: a multi-day, intensive social innovation hack-a-thon; creating an innovation hub where students could collaborate, learn, and develop their own ideas; an afterschool program; and/or a summer camp.

Tyler Huntington '18 Huntington'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. “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," he says.

Rose Ridder '19 Ridder aspires to create an interactive approach to STEM education in Thai science classes through her Lang Project, Branching Out Through STEM. “Thai science curriculum focuses on reading and memorization rather than physical engagement through experiments and interaction," Ridder explains. "My project aims to address the request of Phapangwittaya school teachers and administrators to implement a more experiment-based science program in Phapang’s science classrooms and to provide access to students around the area to engage in more interactive scientific processes.”

Eriko Shrestha '19 To combat solid waste management challenges in her hometown of Kathmandu, Nepal, Shrestha proposes to collaborate with a NGO to establish a center -- सफा घर or Safa Ghar (“clean house”) -- where waste collectors can bring their valuable materials for a higher profit per-kilo. Safa Ghar would function as a center where waste collectors can learn about proper separation of collected waste, gain access to safety equipment and healthcare and increase financial and social capital of waste collectors.

Sedinam Worlanyo ’17 Worlanyo's Lang Project is called YenAra Odoben Robotics. Her project goals included; increasing the critical and logical thinking skills of the students in Odoben; exposing the participants to a different side of STEM and to increase their confidence in STEM fields; encouraging problem-solving relevant to the specific community context of Odoben; encouraging broad understanding of the use of technology and how it can be applied to problem-solving through teamwork. So far, Worlanyo and the YenAra team have initiated robotics workshop geared at increasing critical thinking, problem-solving and hands-on exposure to technology for 25 high school girls in Ghana using Lego Mindstorm EV3 robots.