Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Lang Social Impact Fellowship

The intention of this program is to empower scholars with their partners to engage in systems change activities designed to close the gap(s) between social challenges and solutions. Key features of the Lang Social Impact Fellowship program include: mentoring, training, and funding.

Selection Criteria

  • Documented experience launching or amplifying a project that yielded demonstrable social impact.

  • Success in networking and/or leveraging partnerships in order to advance social breakthroughs or systems change goals.

  • In-depth knowledge of and connections with key stakeholders as well as the issue(s) in their area of focus.

  • Feasible plan to work with others to close the gap(s) between social challenges and solutions in issue/geographic area over the course of the fellowship.

  • Compelling social value proposition.

  • Commitment to work at least 1040 hours total on the project during a year (for instance, 20 hours per week for 52 weeks). 

  • Note: Because of their directly relevant experiences to date, Lang Scholars would not only be eligible to apply but likely would be strong candidates for the fellowship. However, other Swarthmore College alumni who meet the criteria listed above could be eligible to apply.

Lang Social Impact Fellow Profiles

Raven Bennett ’17 graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College and received High Honors with a major in psychology and a minor in educational studies. During her time at Swarthmore, Raven engaged in social activism efforts to prevent sexual violence.  She was an inaugural member of the Swarthmore College Title IX Student Advisory Team and Title IX Liaison Team. As a Lang Scholar, she created the Youth Activist Institute and the Fraternity Mentorship Program. Both initiatives were designed to prevent sexual violence by empowering participants to be activists. In her fellowship year, Raven will be replicating the Fraternity Mentorship Program, a sexual violence prevention program designed to capitalize on the strength of male peer relationships in fraternities in order to create positive culture change, at other US colleges and universities. Raven will also develop a business model to create sustainable infrastructure to support continued dissemination of the Fraternity Mentorship Program.

Fraternity Mentorship Program

Fatima Boozarjomehri '18 graduated from Swarthmore College with majors in Peace and Conflict Studies and Islamic Studies. As a student at Swarthmore College, Fatima worked with vulnerable populations in Southern Tehran and designed projects dedicated to improving access to education and training for youth and women through two separate initiatives: The Fanoos Project (sponsored in part by the Project Pericles Fund of Swarthmore College) and ReVision (her Lang Scholar project). During the Fellowship, Fatima is expanding the scope of The Fanoos Project, a vocational training program for single mothers and focus on developing a sustainable business model. 

A'Dorian Murray Thomas '16 A special major in Political Science & Educational Studies, A'Dorian Murray-Thomas '16 founded SHE Wins—a free social action and leadership development program for middle and high school girls in Newark who are affected by violence—while she was a Lang Scholar at Swarthmore College. A trauma-informed program, SHE Wins consists of a summer and afterschool Leadership Academy where girls hone their leadership, literacy, and self-regulatory skills through mentorship, project-based learning, and service-learning opportunities. A'Dorian's goal during the Fellowship year is to continue studying, developing, and scaling systematic and collective approaches to improving outcomes for urban youth. 

She Wins, Inc.

Nimesh Ghimire ’15 graduated from Swarthmore College with a major in Economics. As a Periclean Scholar, Nimesh was deeply involved in experimenting with and learning from grassroots engagement and innovation models, having co-designed and implemented two Innovation Labs in rural Nepal – a space for community members collaboratively to design solutions to pressing local challenges – over the course of four years. Nimesh currently works as Renewal Manager for Ashoka’s Changemaker Campus program, where he works with 40+ colleges and universities in Ashoka’s network to help social innovation. For the fellowship year, Nimesh will focus on building the efforts at the Rural Innovation Lab and strengthening the Lab’s core program, while identifying steady revenue streams for sustainable grassroots innovation.

Rural Innovation Lab
85°East Program

 

A'Dorian Murray-Thomas '16

Headshot of Lang Social Impact Fellow, A'Dorian Murray-Thomas '16

Lang Social Impact Fellow, 2018-2020

A special major in Political Science & Educational Studies, A'Dorian Murray-Thomas '16 founded SHE Wins—a free social action and leadership development program for middle and high school girls in Newark who are affected by violence—while she was a Lang Scholar at Swarthmore College. A trauma-informed program, SHE Wins consists of a summer and afterschool Leadership Academy where girls hone their leadership, literacy, and self-regulatory skills through mentorship, project-based learning, and service-learning opportunities. A'Dorian's goal during the Fellowship year is to continue studying, developing, and scaling systematic and collective approaches to improving outcomes for urban youth. 

Fatima Boozarjomehri '18

Headshot of Fatima Boozarjomehri '18

Lang Social Impact Fellow, 2018-2020

Fatima Boozarjomehri '18 graduated from Swarthmore College with majors in Peace and Conflict Studies and Islamic Studies. As a student at Swarthmore College, Fatima worked with the Afghan refugee population of Southern Tehran and designed projects dedicated to improving access to education and training for Afghan youth and women through two separate initiatives: The Fanoos Project (sponsored in part by the Project Pericles Fund of Swarthmore College) and ReVision (her Lang Scholar project). During the Fellowship year, Fatima will expand the scope of The Fanoos Project, a vocational training program for single mothers and focus on developing a sustainable business model. 

In Gratitude

It is through the vision and generosity of Eugene M. Lang ’38 that communities facing significant challenges have come to know Swarthmore College students and alumni as social change makers. We are grateful for the opportunity to innovate and build upon the success of the Lang Opportunity Scholarship Program with this pilot program, the Lang Social Impact Fellowship.