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The Purpose Project at Duke Announces Race and the Professions Fellows

The Purpose Project at Duke has announced the inaugural cohort of the Race and the Professions Fellowship, a year-long program that will explore the challenges of racial inequities and the work of antiracism in the professions, the broader community, and the world.  

More than 200 graduate and professional students applied to the fellowship. The 28 fellows represent eight schools, eight Trinity departments, and three interdisciplinary programs. 

In a series of online sessions, fellows will engage with scholars, activists, artists, and practitioners working on issues of race. During the summer, fellows can pursue an optional, funded project that aligns with the vision of the fellowship. 

“In creating the fellowship, we wanted to bring together a diverse group of graduate and professional students who are eager to think collaboratively and work through matters of race in the context of the professions into which they’ll step when they leave Duke, said A.J. Walton, associate director of The Purpose Project. “Our hope is that the fellowship will provide fellows with insight and imagination in ways that reframe what they believe is possible in dismantling racialized systems.” 

Funded by a grant from The Duke Endowment, The Purpose Project at Duke is a multi-year, campus-wide initiative focused on integrating a focus on character, purpose, and vocation into undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. The initiative is hosted by the Kenan Institute for Ethics in collaboration with the Divinity School and the Office of Undergraduate Education

Religions and Public Life Graduate Fellowship 2020-21 — Call for Applications

APPLY for the Religions and Public Life Graduate Fellowship:

“Immigration and Religion”

DEADLINE: 12:00 noon, Thursday, August 27

 

Each year, Religions and Public Life at KIE funds a Graduate Student Working Group around a theme important to religion and public life.

2020-21 Overview and Theme

The call is open to graduate and professional students wishing to take part in monthly interdisciplinary student-led seminars on “Immigration and Religion.” A wide variety of projects exploring this theme are welcome, including topics such as: Immigrant Religion, the Place of Religion in the Support of Displaced Communities, Religious Activists and Immigrant Rights, Religion in the Refugee Crisis, Migration and Theology, and Religion, Migration, and Identity.

Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics explores the role of religions in historical and cultural context as they influence the lives of their adherents, interact with each other across time and geography, and contribute to the formation of institutions that make up the public sphere. It provides an interdisciplinary platform that puts scholars, students, and practitioners in conversation with one another through collaborative research, innovative teaching, and community engagement. Funding for the graduate scholars also comes from generous support from the Duke Center for Jewish Studies (CJS), the Duke University Middle East Studies Center, and the Gerst Fund.

Expectations

The graduate scholars will have the opportunity to develop their research interests and discuss recent scholarship. Members take active part in the events of Religions and Public Life and commit to attending monthly meetings throughout the academic year. Graduate scholars will write a think-piece or blog post relating their research to contemporary issues, to be published on the Religions and Public Life website at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Additionally, scholars will take part in an end-of-year research conference. Scholars receiving CJS or DUMESC funding are expected to participate in at least two CJS or DUMESC events, respectively, during the academic year.

Funding

Graduate scholars receive $1,250 for full participation. The sum is provided in two payments, one in November and one in April.

Application and Deadline

To apply, please submit the materials listed below to Jeremy Buotte by 12:00 noon on August 27, 2020, with the subject line: “Religions & Public Life Graduate Scholars.” Awards will be announced on September 1.

  • Curriculum vita
  • Project description (1-2 pages) describing how it connects to the theme of “Immigration and Religion.” Please include your topic and research objectives.
  • Research budget

For further information, email jeremy.buotte@duke.edu with “RePLi Graduate Fellowship Question” in the subject heading.

Political Polarization and Argumentation with Walter Sinnott-Armstrong on “Intelligent Speculation” Podcast

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and co-director of MADLab) discusses the origin of his interests in ethics, the limitations of science when it comes to morality, the true goal of discourse, the history of political polarization in the U.S. compared to what we see today, and much more with Jonathan Maloney on Grips Visual Marketing’s podcast “Intelligent Speculation”.

For more information on Sinnott-Armstrong you can visit his website, and check out his course “Think Again: How to Understand Arguments” on Coursera.

Announcing the 2020 ReMed Fellows

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Congratulations to the 2020 ReMed Fellows

Reimagine Medicine is an innovative summer fellowship for rising juniors and seniors preparing for health professions. The goal of ReMed is to foster the character, imagination, and practices needed to work effectively in contexts of human suffering and healing. The curriculum uses graphic art, music, expressive writing, embodiment & puppetry, improvisation, mindfulness and non-traditional hospital shadowing to explore themes often ignored in traditional medical education. In the historic summer of 2020, the program will be conducted virtually and will also address COVID-19 and the medical and ethical challenges highlighted by the global pandemic.

 

 

Introducing the 2020 Kenan Summer Fellows

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Congratulations to the 2020 Kenan Summer Fellows

What does it mean to live an ethical life?

Kenan Summer Fellows spend a summer exploring—in a variety of ways—the answers to the question: What does it mean to live an ethical life? A Summer Fellow might design a project at home, domestically or abroad, implement a community-based intervention, compose a musical, volunteer with an NGO, write a play, or curate an art exhibition. Summer experiences can and do provide a thoughtful, novel perspective of how to live an ethical life.

Read the Kenan Summer Fellows blogs


 

Alessandra Waggoner

Noah Breuss-Burgess Kenan Summer Fellow

 

Alessandra is a British-American first-year undergraduate pursuing a major in Political Science, with focus on Political Economy and International Development. Whilst growing up in Europe, she actively engaged with the wider global community through service and travel to Myanmar, Ethiopia, Guatemala and beyond, developing a nuanced perspective and fascination for cross-cultural exchange.

For her project, she will investigate the myriad ethical issues which surface during the two months following reopening of Grenada by analysing viewpoints expressed by stakeholders across society. Within the present parameters of the lockdown, she plans to interview individuals including small-business owners, farmers, marina operators and hotel staff to discuss how COVID-19 government policy has affected themselves, their families and their livelihoods. This process will inform a more nuanced perspective from which to reflect on the ethical implications of policy through this pandemic. She also hopes to glean diverse ideas on how a cross-section of society believe the government could have more ethically approached the crisis and subsequent economic reopening. To better evaluate the policies implemented in Grenada, She will compare them with those of other neighbouring countries including St Vincent and the Grenadines, wherein policy has differed significantly.

 

Arihant Drabu

Noah Breuss-Burgess Kenan Summer Fellow

 

Arihant is a rising third-year from New Delhi, pursuing a double major in Economics and Political Science. He’s passionate about areas of Governance and Developmental Economics, and plan on working in government in India after college. In his free time, he likes to debate with people, read, and watch movies.

In his project, he wishes to answer the question of whether it is ethical for someone to live in ignorance and use services that exploit migrant labor, thereby perpetuating the existing systems of injustice. He wishes to understand whether the government’s failure and the exploitation by business owners can be pushed onto the unknowing consumer. He wishes to understand the lives of these workers and the forces that keep them in these situations— the business owners, landlords, politicians, and finally the consumers. He plans on interviewing these parties and writing an ethnographic research paper, supplemented by an informative video.

 

Catherine Howard

Noah Breuss-Burgess Kenan Summer Fellow

 

Catherine  is a rising junior from Clarksville, TN. She is studying Public Policy and International Comparative Studies, but is especially interested in Latin American migration.

Her project, “A Test of Values: An Exploration of US National Values at the US-Mexico Border,” plans to explore the contradiction of US values at the US-Mexico border. It seeks to address the value conflict at the border by developing a deeper understanding of the border as a physical and symbolic space in order to analyze how the United State’s national values interact within this. The current pandemic disproportionately affects historically marginalized groups, and this is an important time to research and write about the historical factors and current situation among the migrant community. She plans to continue my definition of what it means to live an ethical life, by aiming to practice our core values in our everyday actions, but extend the question into what that looks like now during the pandemic.

 

Chen Chen

Noah Breuss-Burgess Kenan Summer Fellow

 

Chen is a rising senior studying biology and public policy with a journalism certificate from Cleveland, Ohio and Shenzhen, China. She loves to travel and tell stories at the intersection of the environment, policy, health and culture and has been doing freelance reporting on COVID-19 in Wuhan in addition to being the Health and Science editor at the Chronicle this past spring.

Although she won’t be able to go to South Africa to do her project in person, she will be working on a remote project, reporting wildlife trafficking issues between the US, China and South Africa with assistance from an international network of journalists at Oxpeckers. She will be working on the #WildEye geomapping tool on the Oxpeckers site both to contribute to and use a evidence for her data driven project. In addition to one multimedia investigative report to be published on the Oxpeckers site, Chen Chen will also be pitching additional stories to freelance outlets in the US like National Geographic and Yale360. Public interest is piquing in stories about the wildlife trade due to COVID-19 and subsequent international attention to zoonotic diseases. Many of these reports are ridden with cultural and epidemiological inaccuracies that hinder substantive changes that tangibly improve the outcomes and sustainability of people and our ecosystem. Born in China, raised in both the U.S. and China, and with family and roots in Wuhan, her lived experiences guide her in working toward solutions that improve our shared, interconnected environments and the life of all the beings in them. With her work at Oxpeckers this summer, she hopes to be able to tell stories about the wildlife trade that are grounded in data and scientific evidence and are told from culturally, socially and economically ethical perspectives.

 

James Ndung’u

Noah Breuss-Burgess Kenan Summer Fellow

 

James is a sophomore from Nairobi, Kenya. He is a storyteller and social activist passionate about human rights issues across the world.

QueerAfricansUnite is a digital archive that documents the living experiences of LGBTQ people across Africa. A lifelong project of his, he hopes that telling the stories of LGBTQ Africans, both popular activists and other queers often sidelined by the media, e.g. artists, academics, teachers etc, we can challenge the continental and global understanding of LGBTQ resistance across Africa. In many ways, this conversation can establish a historical legacy and simultaneously imagine what queer liberation would look like in the future of Africa. This is the power of a great story, envisioned and told through representative voices. Therefore, this summer he will detail the stories of four queer people in Kenya and Botswanan following the landmark cases during the past year that saw the abolition of anti-gay laws in Botswana, and the unfortunate ruling by the Kenyan High Court to maintain their country’s anti-gay laws.  He would also like to develop an ongoing discussion on how colonial structures have disenfranchised LGBTQ people in Africa. By further interrogating the Western criticism of homophobia in Africa which is disengaged from the legacies of colonialism through which homophobia in Africa was instituted and perpetuated, these stories will give an intersectional analysis of queerphobia in Africa, parallel to the world. As he continues to grow this digital archive over the years, he hopes to learn a great deal about transnational justice for LGBTQ people in Africa, and especially in Kenya, his home country.

 

Musa Saleem

Noah Breuss-Burgess Kenan Summer Fellow

 

Musa is a rising junior in Trinity College majoring in Global Cultural Studies in Literature and Philosophy, and minoring in Neuroscience. He spends time napping, reading, or trying to write plays.

In this project, he’s studying the history of communal violence in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent, specifically focusing on the circumstances that have led to the rise of the self-professed Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party as India’s ruling party. He’ll attempt to situate this recent development in relationship to historical manifestations of Hindu nationalism in the region, both during the British Raj and post-independence, thus pointing focus to the colonial roots of the problem. He’ll study claims about the ideology’s relationship to fascism, drawing both comparisons and differences with 20th Century far-right regimes in Europe. He will also document strategies left-wing groups in the country are making use of to counter the regime. His main aim is to essentially create a short-ish primer on the group that can be prove helpful to both activists resisting and academics studying the group and its ideology.

 

 

 

 

Ethics in Place Fellows

Ethics In Place Fellows Announced

Out of sheer necessity, many of us will stay closer to home than we had planned. Time in place— at home or wherever else we are might be sheltering in place–is affording a new perspective on local  communities and their challenges. In response to this moment of historical disruption and societal need, the Kenan Institute for Ethics is creating a new undergraduate opportunity for students to hone their sense of moral purpose and moral imagination by identifying an issue confronting their local community and designing a project to address it. Unprecedented times call for extraordinary reflection, creativity and action.

These Ethics in Place Fellows will exercise their moral imagination by combating an ethical challenge in their hometown and designing a virtual project to address it over the course of this abnormal summer.


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Dana Adcock

Dana is a rising junior majoring in environmental science and policy. In her home, San Diego County, pit bulls are a hot topic of debate. Using narration, research, and interviews, she will create a podcast about pit bulls in her hometown, San Diego. Through phone interviews with experts, she hopes to investigate multiple facets of this subject, including disproportionate shelter populations, breed specific restrictions and regulations, illegal fighting rings, and various firsthand experiences.

 

Gabrielle Battle

Gabrielle, hailing from Oakland, California, is an outspoken advocate on issues of criminal justice reform and its intersection with girls of color. This summer, she will study young Black women across the United States and their perceptions of justice and injustice. She will interview ten young Black women, ages fifteen through twenty-two, from each region of the United States and ask them a set of questions surrounding their views on justice, liberation, discrimination, etc. Her research will center around listening and uplifting the stories and experiences of these young women and will culminate in a paper of her findings.

 

Sara Kate Baudhuin

Sara Kate Baudhuin is a rising Trinity Junior from Charlotte, NC. She is majoring in a Program II titled “Storytelling as a Tool for Social Change” that explores the ethics of storytelling and how narrative intersects with public policy. Her project is focused on exploring the question: what is meaningful labor in the midst of a pandemic? Because our physical selves pose the very threat we are trying to avoid, she wants to explore how we can still offer love and support to our communities in new ways, while keeping each other safe. By creating art in public spaces, she will investigate how less tangible forms of labor–perhaps ones we can’t see the result of–can be a necessary form of emotional relief and connection.

 

Autumn Burton

Autumn is an Environmental Science major with a passion for environmental justice advocacy. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color, especially the African-American community. This digital exhibition will feature a collection of creative contributions from people-of-color, who are experiencing unique challenges in this historic time period. Additionally, the collection will also feature various and inspiring grass-roots, mutual aid programs that reflect the importance of solidarity, empathy, and compassion.

 

Darcy Cook

Darcy is a sophomore from northwestern Connecticut studying Public Policy with a minor in Education. Her project aims to organize with surrounding communities to start a pride parade, work with administrators to plan LGBTQ programming including expanding the mental health curriculum to cover LGBTQ issues, connect with guidance program at my high school and work with them to develop LGBTQ resources, and build social justice awareness in my town: in order to create a space that is able to draw more support combine the focus on LGBTQ issues with an overall focus on social justice.

 

Meghna Datta

​Meghna is a rising sophomore from Madison, Wisconsin, pursuing a Program II major on the pre-medical track that explores perceptions of aging and dying and their subsequent impacts on healthcare quality and access. Her project, Lives in Print, is a virtual memoir-writing program for the elderly that seeks to encourage seniors to revisit the richness of their long lives and share their stories with others. Through a pen-pal partnership with a student volunteer, seniors will be able to respond to questions or explore their past on their own terms, and send their writing back to be published online. Memoir-writing has long been recognized as a proven way to keep the brain sharp and active through pulling from the past, but even more importantly, Lives in Print seeks to remind seniors and those around them of their importance and value as the eldest and wisest members of our community.

 

Alina Feng

Alina is a sophomore from Sunnyvale, California studying biology and statistics. Currently, the COVID-19 crisis has placed unprecedented responsibility on news and media outlets to present updates on inherently scientific topics to the public. Her project aims to characterize significant findings and progress reported in scientific literature on COVID-19. The project will present an accessible and reliable online platform localizing scientific research and medical resources for communities during the crisis.

 

Kishan Gandham

Kishan is a rising sophomore majoring in Public Policy and Political Science interested in social justice, human rights, and activism. His project will create a historical retelling of the events that transpired regarding his town council’s 2015 rejection of a proposed mosque in Basking Ridge, NJ, the ensuing legal battle, and its aftermath through video interviews, email correspondences, public information, and town sentiment on both sides of the sharply divisive issue. Hopefully, this would allow for mosque proponents/opponents to better understand the issues regarding what happened, issues with each other, and decrease animus in his hometown. By analyzing both what occurred and then creating a retelling either through a video, web, or text-based platform, he believes this project can give clarity to what happened and allow the town to move forward, something that might help bind together communities grappling with issues of discrimination and prejudice.

 

Maya Ghanem

Maya Ghanem is a freshman from Thousand Oaks, California with interests in the intersection of energy, environment, politics, and healthcare. Her project aims to address food insecurity for uninsured, low-income patients at Westminster Free Clinic, who are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The project entails the distribution of produce and proteins to patients, fundraising to provide gift cards for perishables to patients, the inauguration of a program where homeowners can donate extra produce for Westminster Free Clinic patients, and the beginning of a food delivery system to homes of the elderly and patients without consistent transportation.

 

Sunrita Gupta

Sunrita is a rising junior from Atlanta, Georgia majoring in Economics and minoring in Statistics and German. Working with the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), she will try to help alleviate the growing issue of housing insecurity in Durham by finding and connecting Durham residents facing housing challenges with resources to support them in their search for housing and in the move-in process. In addition, she wants to improve content and efficiency of the current CEF resource database, develop trainings to teach other interns and volunteers to address housing issues, and become involved in outreach efforts to landlords to increase apartment units available to those ending their homelessness. By supporting people who are ending their homelessness, she can help to enhance Durham’s health and educational outcomes, which are known to be significant drivers of economic growth and development.

 

Hadeel Hamoud

Hadeel is pursing a double major in Political Science and International Comparative Studies with a concentration on the Middle East. Howard County boasts one of the best public school systems in Maryland; however, the county is also one of the most socio-economically segregated counties in the state. Participation in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FARM) ranges from less than 1% in some schools to upward of 50% in other, typically under-resourced schools. This research project will use a mixed-methods approach to investigate how and why Howard County school districts are socio-economically segregated, evaluate redistricting and integration plans, and discern public sentiment about the issues. This data will be visualized and presented in the form of a research report, counter cartography map, and website to raise awareness about the complex relationships between race, socio-economic status, and quality of education in the county.

 

Gautam Iyer

Gautam is a rising sophomore in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences pursuing majors in Public Policy and Economics. His project will investigate the effect of the Silicon Valley tech boom on local communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on cultural displacement in Mountain View, CA. Corporations that move into the area often promise to keep the community intact through several housing and community engagement schemes, but do these schemes work? The 10-minute divide between Google’s waterfront Mountain View campus and the RV camp of low-income workers on Mountain View’s Crisanto Avenue seems to respond with a resounding “no”. In Podcast form, this project will look further into that question and the question of what’s being done to fix the stunning inequality that it represents.

 

Ashil Jhaveri

Ashil is a rising junior from New Jersey double-majoring in Political Science and Computer Science with a minor in Economics. His project will involve analyzing a dataset from the state of New Jersey to evaluate the effects of its 2017 bail reform law on pretrial detention, prosecutorial discretion, and the efficacy of risk assessment algorithms. The project will also explore how New Jersey’s Office of the Public Defender responded to the COVID-19 crisis while continuing to provide essential legal services to indigent defendants. The project aims to gauge unintended consequences of NJ’s bail reform law, as well as provide a summary for how the state treated vulnerable populations during a pandemic.

 

Erica Langan

Erica Langan is a rising junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Linguistics, a runner, violinist, writer, and native Cincinnatian. The homeless population of her hometown of numbers over 7,000; for most of these individuals, following social distancing orders is nearly impossible, making them extraordinarily vulnerable to community spread of COVID-19. In this project, she plans to design and organize a virtual race to raise money for a local charitable organization that is working to support Cincinnati’s homeless population during this challenging time. Through this work and close partnership with this charitable organization, she hopes to gain a better understanding of the needs of Cincinnati’s homeless population while demonstrating how a community can come together (while remaining a safe distance apart).

 

Michael Lee

Michael is a rising third-year who is majoring in biology and minoring in English. His project aims to address a literary crisis that has plagued students in the Chicago Public Schools district due to a lack of learning resources, all of which have been magnified by strict quarantine orders. A virtual platform will be implemented to allow for these students and families to share their stories–their hardships, hopes, or dreams. In response to these stories, he will deliver them a free, personalized book and offer a story of his own with words of positivity.

 

Sophia Li

Sophia is an undergraduate student from Acton, Massachusetts pursuing a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Photography. Using a combination of documentary and artistic approaches, she will create a narrative photo essay that tells the story of what it is like to be a small-scale local farmer in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will involve taking photos of, interviewing, and working on a number of sustainable local farms/homesteads in my community. During this time, she will also assist as a volunteer fieldworker on these farms in order to truly understand sustainable agriculture as a way of living.

 

Catherine McMillan

Catherine is a junior studying history and education. The goal of her project is to combine research with advocacy. She plans on learning more about the history of Charlotte through interviews and local research. She also plans to chronicle her work with Greater Charlotte Area Mutual Aid and other local initiatives.

 

Jonah Perrin

Jonah Perrin is a B.N. Duke Scholar in the Class of 2023 from Chapel Hill, NC, who enjoys studying politics, ethics, social justice, and philosophy. In his project he plans to examine local candidates, who already face many challenges while trying to get elected, and the trouble they are having connecting with their local communities over Zoom during the pandemic. He hopes to conduct in-depth research with these campaigns, their candidates and voters to try to understand how candidates plan to adapt under adverse conditions, the kind of ethical challenges campaigns will face while trying to increase familiarity and the changing definitions of civic engagement and representation of local candidates dealing with the Coronavirus.

 

Wesley Pritzlaff

Wesley Pritzlaff is a rising senior from Rolesville, NC and the founder of the Duke Sleight Club, a sleight of hand magic teaching and performing student organization through which he has taught magic at Duke for two years. His project aims to protect mental health by promoting mental and emotional wellbeing during COVID-19 in Rolesville, NC through a six-week virtual sleight of hand magic course. The sleight of hand magic course consists of weekly education sessions to share about the role of magic in the human condition, technique and trick tutorial sessions to learn sleight of hand magic, and discussion sessions to explore the power of art during trying times. This project strives to forge new connections to foster belonging and community, inspire hope to cultivate optimism and ambition, and practice mindfulness to reduce stress and increase contentedness.

 

Swetha Rajagopal

Swetha is from Chandler, Arizona, and she is double majoring in Biology and Global Health with a minor in Education. In 2010, Arizona enforced the SB 1070 law, otherwise known as the “Supporting our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act,” and this law essentially requires state and local law enforcement to reasonably attempt to determine the immigration status of a person involved in a lawful stop, detention, or arrest “where reasonable suspicion exists.” The racial profiling brought on by SB 1070 exacerbates the medical environment of present times because it reduces the chances of immigrants accessing preventative healthcare or delaying necessary medical services due to fear of deportation. Her project aims to increase access to healthcare for immigrants while also protecting their inhabitance within the United States by establishing a connection for patients to anonymously access tele-health services and through research working to further evaluate the flaws of the SB1070 law in the scope of healthcare.

 

Pratamesh Ramasubramanian

Pratamesh is a rising sophomore pursuing majors in Biology and Global Health. Finance For All is a project that seeks to impart financial education knowledge to mainly students who do not have the opportunity to attend college or pursue higher education. This project will yield a four to five week online course that will be constructed with the help of local business professionals that can be taken by students to develop financial literacy and other key skills in the workforce that are not taught in high school. The end goal of this project is to tackle socioeconomic inequalities and provide tools for students to become future business leaders in their respective communities.

 

Bigyan Babu Regmi

Bigyan is pursuing a bachelor of science in economics and is passionate about international development, politics, and policy-making. This summer, he will pursue a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods to appropriately model the short- to medium-run future trends for international labor migration and poverty. He will primarily focus on the job market in the Middle East and migrant workers from South Asia. The end product of this project will be a publishable report.

 

Arsha Sharma

Arsha is a rising sophomore from Charlotte, NC studying Neuroscience with the intention to pursue medicine. Her project will analyze the work of non-profit organizations, local governments, and leaders of society who have come together in an unprecedented way to help their community with multiple projects ranging from mask-making to food drives. “How are people deciding the dissemination of resources?” “What logic guides their choices?” “How can these resources be distributed equitably?” She will be analyzing the dissemination of resources by multiple organizations in order to understand the moral psychology and address social inequity.

 

Emma Shokeir

Emma is a rising junior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Classical Studies and a PPE certificate. Her project is virtual advocacy through the creation of a website that compares information on the changes to Alberta healthcare worker pay and COVID-19 data, including cases, deaths, and testing. Focusing on the potential regional disparities in AHS budget changes and Covid-19 response, particularly for rural regions, information is from each Albertan district is compared. In order to promote political accountability and raise awareness for this issue, methods of communication with provincial politicians and legislators are facilitated through the site.

 

Amelia Shunk

Amelia is a rising Junior from San Francisco majoring in International Comparative Studies, minoring in History, and Pre-Medicine. Her project entails working on a UCSF Neurology study that analyzes concussions in collegiate athletes. The project will work to further develop a device worn on the head that has the potential to improve diagnosis of neurological trauma. The goal is to prevent student athletes from having to choose between their sport and their health.

 

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Justin is a rising sophomore from Shenzhen, China intending to major in philosophy and political science. His project will be presented in the form of a documentary that focuses on one particular urban village, Baishizhou, located within the busiest and most modern district in Shenzhen, China, that is going to be dismantled and redeveloped soon. The documentary will dive intl the history of Baishizhou within the context of the rapid urbanization of Shenzhen during the past few decades. It will also offers a glimpse into life in Baishizhou now and its cultural vibrancy as well as a discussion on Baishizhou’s future and whether redeveloping will lead to the best outcome.

 

Megan Zheng

Megan is a junior from Tampa, Florida who is majoring in biology and aspiring to be a doctor working in orthopedics. Her project works to increase accessibility to adaptive climbing in the Triangle area and to make Duke’s adaptive climbing program more inclusive to a more diverse range of disabilities and ages. By designing custom 3D printed rock climbing hold molds, creating a manual on how to be an effective aide when working with adaptive climbers, and designing an informative pamphlet/flyer on the program, Duke’s adaptive climbing program will be able to reach more of the disabled community. This project allows her to share her love for climbing and help make climbing a sport that anyone can enjoy.