Listen: Lang Scholars Share Their Community Projects
This spring, four graduating Lang Scholars shared their projects with the Swarthmore community. Conceived and endowed by Eugene M. Lang '38 H '81 and stewarded by the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, the Lang Opportunity Scholarship program offers a diverse range of benefits and opportunities to support the development of a project that creates a needed social resource in the U.S. or abroad.
Tyler Alexander ’17 (3:30), an astrophysics major from Short Hills, N.J., presents "Project Ké," which was designed to improve Haiti’s healthcare system by establishing a Mass Casualty Intervention (MCI) standard for Haitian healthcare providers, in partnership with Hospital Bernard Mevs. Project Ké retained 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 and ensures that MCI skills can continue to be taught and learned. Alexander is a member of Global Health Forum, whose mission is to empower students and community members to raise awareness and cultivate partnerships in order to improve global health.
Raven Bennett ’17 (18:00), a psychology major from Santa Monica, Calif., discusses the evolution of her Lang project. Driven by her abiding commitment to sexual violence prevention and consent education, Bennett shares the story of how her Lang Project evolved from "The Youth Activist Institute" to the "Fraternity Mentorship Program at Swarthmore College" (a replication and extension of her earlier YAI work) and shows how these initiatives encourage participants to use their new knowledge of sexual violence prevention to positively influence their community. Bennett, a resident assistant and a member of the Student Title IX Advisory Team, also helped establish SwatDeck, which organizes students into groups for trips into Philadelphia.
Bolutife "Bolu" Fakoya ’17 (27:10), a biology and sociology and anthropology major from Nigeria, discusses his Lang project "Abuja Science and Community Resource Centre (ASCRC)," which 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, 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. Fakoya supports students through his work as a resident assistant, student academic mentor, and writing associate. He placed first in the SwatTank Innovation Competition last year.
Sedinam Worlanyo ’17 (36:05), a computer science and economic development major from Ghana, shares her project, "YenAra Odoben Robotics," which increased the critical and logical thinking skills of the students in Odoben; exposed the participants to a different side of STEM and increased their confidence in STEM fields; encouraged problem-solving relevant to the specific community context of Odoben; and encouraged broad understanding of the use of technology and how it can be applied to problem-solving through teamwork. She addressed the Class of 2020 at First Collection and placed first in the SwatTank Innovation Competition last year, and she served as a student academic mentor (SAM) the past two years.
Learn about Swarthmore’s impact on the local and global community at lifechanging.swarthmore.edu.