Four Students Selected as DSJP Service Associates for 2008

Four Hamilton students were selected as Diversity and Social Justice Project (DSJP) Service Associates for 2008. The program is designed to support students who wish to make connections between their own disciplinary or interdisciplinary work and the mission of the DSJP. This year's recipients are Alex Hodgens '09, Sushmita S. Preetha '11, Emma Sandoval '11 and Amy Tannenbaum '10. The Kirkland Endowment contributed to two of the awards. 

Hodgens is interning with the Syracuse Community Health Center.  The health center is located in a predominantly Latino neighborhood, and is one of several in Syracuse run by SCHC whose mission is to provide quality health care services to all individuals, with a commitment to those who might otherwise be excluded from the health care system. 

Preetha will work in the micro-finance sector of the non-governmental organization (NGO) PROSHIKA, a center for human development in Dhaka, Bangladesh. PROSHIKA, established in 1975, has created 9.81 million employment/self employment opportunities for the poor, brought more than one million households out of poverty while making more than a million people literate, and planting nearly a billion trees. PROSHIKA seeks to alleviate structural poverty through organization building, education and training leading to income and employment generation, health education and health infrastructure building as well as environmental protection and regeneration. 

Sandoval will be employed with the Arts Community Land Activism (ACLA), or ARTScorpsLA, a non-profit organization located in the Temple and Beaudry neighborhood west of downtown Los Angeles. The project promotes community building through art in Los Angeles' inner-city. Throughout the summer Sandoval will be working with professional artists, activists and educators who can provide training and mentoring.

As a CODEPINK intern, Tannenbaum will work with a member of the CODEPINK national staff in doing outreach, administration and campaign work in New York City. CODEPINK is a women-initiated, grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities. Intern responsibilities include sending out mass emails to CODEPINK groups around the country and work with their online database; assisting with events and planning; creating flyers and other outreach materials; and making press calls. 

-- by Molly Kane '09

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