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Lang Scholar Profiles

Nancy Awad '20 In collaboration with the Hands Along the Nile Organization, Agents of Resilience (Nancy’s intended Lang Project) will address the lack of educational opportunities that orphaned and Coptic young women have access to in rural Upper Egypt. Agents of Resilience will be a digital literacy mentoring and certificate initiative for the young women at the Lillian Trasher Orphanage in Assuit, Egypt. Participants will train one other person or their mentee, thus ensuring that the project is sustained by the local community. 

Ferial Berjawi '19 The BetterFly Camp, Ferial's Lang Project, is a comprehensive 6-week program that aims to empower underprivileged adolescent refugee girls in Lebanon. In partnership with SMART Center, a local non-profit civic company that aims to improve human and institutional capacities to attain excellence, the project is being implemented in Beirut. Ferial writes, "Our vision is to inspire a generation of adolescent girls to become empowered leaders of social change in their communities. We will build their resilience with vital knowledge and a strong emotional support network, in the aim of limiting child and forced marriage, and reducing the risks and consequences of gender-based violence."

Aayushi Dangol '20 Aayushi’s Lang Project, नव ज्योति [Nawa Jyoti, translated to “New Light”], will be a collaboration with an NGO in Kathmandu to shift from the paradigm of rescue, repatriation, and rehabilitation of those who have been trafficked to an approach that protects and promotes trafficking victims’ human rights. A component of Nawa Jyoti will be a web-based learning platform where the trafficking victims gain vocational and life skills training. It is hoped that through this training, Nawa Jyoti will empower the trafficking survivors and put an end to the uncertainty and passivity which the victims have to encounter. Dangol's mantra: “Passion, patience, and persistence in all I do.”

Elizabeth Erler ‘20 Zone 3 of Guatemala City contains one of the largest garbage dumps in Central America. Elizabeth’s Lang Project, Alianza de salud de zona tres [Zone 3 Health Alliance], will build upon the existing network of neighborhood presidents to bring increased access to preventative and chronic healthcare to the residents of Zone 3. This network of health advocates will work to promote awareness about and treatment of preventable but deadly illnesses such as malnutrition and diarrheal illnesses which devastate these communities and establish long-term community plans to treat chronic diseases including asthma, diabetes, and addiction.

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.

Layla Hazaineh ‘20 As a women’s rights activist, Hazaineh strives to amplify the fight against the patriarchy. She has used Facebook as a platform to disseminate videos that address taboo topics and crimes related to misogyny in Jordan and, to date, has 26,388 followers on Facebook from all over the world. With her Lang Project, Hazaineh plans to strengthen her social media platform, elevate it, and create a professional, social, and academic space which will be utilized to fight the patriarchal system, thus empowering women across the Arab world. 

Seimi Park ’20 Press for Peace, Park's intended Lang Project, is an initiative dedicated to promoting the education of women in journalism, media, and communications, with a defined focus on data and technology as platform for impact. Operating in several hubs in the greater Philadelphia area, Press for Peace aims to empower women to use their voices, with the long-term goals of: increased diversity in the fields of technology, media, and telecommunications; economic empowerment through relevant skills-based workshops and training programs; and development of an independent news platform. This model will equip women with the tools to thrive in this capacity, while driving academic and cultural discourse in a time plagued by a lack of productive and constructive dialogue.

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.

Nancy Yuan ’20 Yuan will explore how to create social cohesion in New Zealand through the integration of indigenous Maori, immigrant, and refugee populations.