Emily Powell '09 Awarded Carter Foundation Community Service Grant

Emily Powell '09
Emily Powell '09
Emily Powell, a senior majoring in comparative literature and Hispanic studies, has received a $1,000 award to pursue a campus/community project through the Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE) program conducted by New York Campus Compact (NYCC). 

The CASE program is sponsored by the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation to recognize excellence in academic service-learning. The programs of the Foundation recognize and provide financial support to outstanding examples of campus/community collaboration and innovative ideas to serve the community.

To achieve the greatest impact, the Foundation targets its grants toward specific areas, including health, food systems and rural development, youth and education, and philanthropy and volunteerism.

Powell's project, The Refugee Weavers' Guild, will establish a refugee women's art collective that creates economic autonomy based on skills that the women already possess and are not common to the Utica region. The project will enable Burmese and Karen women to form an art collective to weave traditional items and sell them. The art collective would be a space for women to learn skills beyond weaving such as business and English. Through the project she hopes to increase the self-esteem and self-value of the refugee women involved and allow an outlet for them to share their skills and culture with the Utica area. 
For the Foundation grants, attention is given to exploring learning opportunities in leadership, information and communication technology, capitalizing on diversity, and social and economic community development. 

-- by Molly Kane '09
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