Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Lang Scholar Profiles

Tristan Alston '22 "The relationship between structural racism and the poverty, crime, and social unrest in many urban Black communities is indisputable. Through a youth photojournalism program, I hope to address and dismantle the cyclical traumas and forces of systemic racism in Brownsville, Brooklyn. I hope to create positive, lasting relationships between urban youth of color and the various surrounding disconnected/oppressive populations, and to create social and economic hope in the process. Peace in Focus  [Tristan's proposed Lang Project] reimagines a model of social engagement that transcends community boundaries, and that strives to create collective narratives that center and uplift silenced and marginalized voices."

Faith Becker ’21 Educational inequality plays a significant role in the lives of students in the American public school system, especially within the St. Louis area. Low income students are often left unprepared after high school for the venture to college and therefore, typically opt to go straight into the workforce, a process which often pushes these students back into a cycle of poverty. Through her Lang Project, Strive St. Louis, Faith plans to combat educational inequality by providing college access programs and resources to underprivileged students.

Eduardo Burgos '22 "Communities of color in the U.S. continue to experience repercussive defects in health equality due to generations of Western colonization, violence, U.S. imperialism, and White supremacy. When considering methods to reduce health care inaccessibility of marginalized populations, larger structural forms of oppression must be taken into consideration. As a Lang Scholar, I envision using nonprofit organizations that serve migrant populations as catalysts for immigration policy change. Direct medical services positively impact communities of the present, but long-lasting change can only be approached using medical inequity experiences as evidence for change. By [facilitating] medical care at migrant work sites, roadblocks to care are reduced and long-lasting health practices can be established."

Shay Downey '22 "The legacy of violence against our native women and children needs to end, but in order to stop any instance of injustice, we must start by acknowledging its existence. My project aims to promote advocacy for missing and murdered Indigenous women and make resources to support survivors more accessible. Ultimately, I seek to assist in the reform of tribal policies to defend the rights of Native women who have historically been oppressed and silenced."

Lamia Makkar ’21 intends to create a project that will support the growth of innovation ecosystems in emerging markets. Working with entrepreneurs, business accelerators and other local actors in countries like Haiti, she aims to simulate collaboration and provide resources to increase the success of entrepreneurship as a means of effective local development.

Luke Neureiter '22 "Peace engineering is an emerging field that encompasses a broad set of methodologies all with the same goal: building, preserving, and promoting peace around the world. Whether it be building renewable and sustainable neighborhoods from the ground up or promoting dialogue to build long-lasting connections, peace engineering includes both people and projects. I am incredibly honored to be a part of the LOS community and am excited at the prospect of helping define what peace engineering means at Swarthmore."

Jolleen Opula ’21 intends to create a project that will address the issue of lack of classrooms in schools in a rural village in Bungoma County, Kenya. She will work with the locals to build classrooms using locally available materials. The aim of the project is to enhance the education experience of students in the village and to help improve the students’ learning outcomes.

Chris Precise ’21 Writing in the Ward – Chris’s Lang Project – will be a sociology-writing workshop implemented at Mighty Writers South, designed to teach marginalized high school students sociology in the Seventh Ward of Philadelphia with creative writing. The goal of this workshop will be to fill the educational gaps left behind by the School District of Philadelphia’s poor budgeting and funding of local schools.

Shayena Shah ’21 Shayena’s Lang Project, SaniStitch, is an economic livelihood initiative that combats taboos against menstruation in India. SaniStitch aims to improve menstrual health through reusable menstrual product design workshops for women, training peer health workers, and awareness workshops for all genders.

Chunyang Wang '22 "The FreeArt Initiative [Chunyang's proposed Lang Project] aims to improve disadvantaged children’s access to art education in China. Because of the hukou policy, many migrant students are only able to attend under-resourced schools. The FreeArt Initiative will partner with community-based organizations, university student volunteers, and art galleries to deliver a highly structured art curriculum. As lessons focus on inspiring collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, students will benefit from improved technical and interpersonal skills as well as interaction with the professional art sector. The first program of FreeArt Initiative will take place in the form of a summer camp, which hopes to reach 25 students and produce one student-led group exhibition."

Hussain Zaidi '22 "My project aims to prepare and educate health care professionals, medical students, and policymakers on the negative impact that decentralization can have on health care availability and quality for vulnerable communities (specifically LGBTQ+ communities), advocate for a hybrid approach of both decentralization and centralization of health services to different levels, and introduce relevant educational curriculum in medical and training schools to reduce the negative impacts that devolution of health care has on certain stigmatized communities."

Andrew Zhu ’21 Andrew intends to create a Lang Project that will raise awareness about and funding for the study of rare, deadly infectious diseases. These infections have very high mortality rates, but are considered low priority by CDC due to their rarity, and therefore, public awareness is low and funding for research is sparse. As global warming may be linked to the proliferation of some of these diseases, we anticipate that Andrew’s project will become a timely STEM for social good project.