Pathways of Change


PathwaysofChange GraphicPathways of Change is run through the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics for students interested in the areas of business and human rights/csr, women’s rights and environmental justice. Students  intern with organizations working for social change across these fields, and work together to explore the trade offs between different approaches towards social change.

In addition to working with the partner organizations, students conduct profiles of the people in their organizations and write “letters home” about the best way to effect change in corporate human rights practices.

2017 areas of focus and participants include:

Business and Human Rights/CSR

Carolyn Chen, placed with SAS Institute, is a rising junior pursuing a major in Statistics, minor in Finance and certificate in Decision Sciences.

She is passionate about economic development and the intersection of business and social impact, particularly within a corporate setting. Carolyn previously participated in DukeEngage: Guatemala where she learned about microfinance, social entrepreneurship and various business structures through a consulting role. An alumna of Kenan’s pre-orientation program Project Change, she is also a research assistant for the Duke Neuroeconomics Lab, Social Impact 360 mentor, and a member of Business Oriented Women on campus.

Celia Garrett, placed with International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, is a sophomore majoring in Public Policy and History with a minor in French.

She is passionate about international business and human rights, especially regarding international protection and accountability mechanisms. At Duke, she has been involved with the Kenan Institute for Ethics through both the Kenan refugee project and the Duke Global Human Rights Scholars program studying UN involvement in South Sudan. She plays on the women’s club lacrosse team and is part of the BASS connections schooling and parenting team researching the impact of school tracking on students’ academic identity.

Ebony Hargro, placed with Corporate Accountability International, is a rising senior who loves writing and traveling.

She is majoring in International Comparative Studies (with a regional concentration in Francophone Africa) and minoring in French. Ebony is passionate about economic inequality in the Global South and has taken a particular interest in studying how globalization impacts people of the African diaspora. She hopes to write her Honors ICS Thesis examining the relationship between multistakeholder initiatives, development, and human rights within the cocoa industry in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.

Carolina Isaza, placed with Accountability Counsel, is a rising junior pursuing a double major in Public Policy and International Comparative Studies and a minor in Computer Science.

After living in three different continents throughout her childhood, she has developed a passion for international law, specifically within the context of human rights. At Duke, Carolina works as a Peer Advisor to first- and second-year students, tutors children at local elementary schools through America Reads America Counts, and organizes fundraising efforts for Duke Children’s Hospital as an Executive member of DevilThon, Duke’s Dance Marathon organization.

Louden Richardson, placed with Business for Social Responsibility, is a rising junior majoring in economics with certificates in ethics and decision sciences.

He is most interested in understanding and influencing governmental, corporate, and individual behavior to promote positive change in society. He is also passionate about working with refugees and has done so through DukeEngage Ireland, Bass Connections: Citizenship Lab, and the Duke Immerse: Uprooted/Rerouted program.

Environmental Justice

Bryce Cracknell, placed with Southern Environmental Law Center and the NC Environmental Justice Network, is a junior from Charlotte, NC majoring in Public Policy with a concentration in Race and Poverty with a minor in Environmental Science and Policy.

He is interested in issues pertaining to the environment, human rights, and environmental justice. In his free time, Bryce enjoys playing soccer, cheering on Duke Athletics, attending plays/musicals, reading, discussing politics and anything Star Wars.

Anika Richter, placed with Orora Global, is a rising senior from Baltimore, Maryland.

She is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy as well as Cultural Anthropology, and is extremely interested in the intersection between the environment and humanity through environmental and social justice. She also comes from a background in the arts and has spent the majority of her life as a dancer.

Samuel Pickerill, placed with the World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Finance Center, is a rising senior from Jupiter, Florida.

He is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Marine Science and Conservation and is in the certificate program for Energy and the Environment. Sam has spent the past two summers researching marine mammal acoustics at Duke’s Marine Laboratory in Beaufort and participated on the 2017 Bass Connections team on Ocean Energy.

Women’s Rights

Amanda Gavcovich, placed with Feminist Majority Foundation, is a rising senior from Miami, Florida.

She is studying Public Policy and Gender, Sexually, Feminist Studies and has a background in criminal law, spending two summers working at the Miami State Attorney’s Office. Amanda has a passion for feminism, and hopes to turn it into a career through law school.

Savannah Lynn, placed with Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, is a rising senior from Raleigh, North Carolina

She is majoring in psychology and gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. In her spare time from academics, Savannah works at Duke’s Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity and performs, directs and costume designs with Hoof ’n’ Horn, Duke’s student-run musical company (credits include HAIR, Next to Normal, American Idiot, Sweeney Todd). She is passionate about the manifesto genre, social justice movements, radical compassion, self- and communal-care, books, loose-leaf tea, dogs, and really nice pens.

Sydney McAuliffe, placed with Feminist Majority Foundation, is a rising senior from West Palm Beach, Florida.

She is a Robertson Scholar, majoring in International Comparative Studies and minoring in Arabic. Sydney is interested in women’s economic empowerment opportunities in the Middle East. She hopes to write a senior thesis on the role of women in peace organizations dedicated towards resolving the Israeli Palestinian conflict. At Duke, she works at the Duke Phonathon, is a member of the Duke Honor Council and is founder of Mussar at Duke, a program focused on Jewish ethics and spirituality.

Colleen Sharp, placed with the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South, is a rising senior from Raleigh, North Carolina.

She is majoring in African and African American Studies and Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies with a minor in Theater Studies. Colleen is passionate about intersectional and anti-racist organizing against sexual violence. Her work includes art making, focusing now through reclaiming Shakespearean texts. She hopes to continue working to support anti-sexual violence organizing in Durham after graduating from Duke.


As part of the Pathways of Change program:

  • Each internship comes with a $5,000 stipend.
  • Partner organizations serve as hosts to the summer intern.
  • Students participate in an interdisciplinary ½ credit seminar in the Fall of 2017 on Theories and Strategies of Social Change.

Read about our 2016 students and interviews they conducted profiling business and human rights professionals. A list of previous internship partnerships can be found here.