DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University's Hart Leadership Program (www.pubpol.duke.edu/hfp) has selected its 2004-2005 Hart Fellows.
The fellows, who are recent Duke graduates, are placed with organizations throughout the developing world to conduct research and fieldwork on pressing policy issues, including humanitarian challenges.
This year's participants, and their home states, are:
Courtney Crosson from Gainesville graduated from Duke this spring with a bachelor's degree in art history. In 2003, she was among the first recipients of Duke's new Scholarship with a Civic Mission grant, with which she traveled to Kenya to tailor educational materials on HIV/AIDS to the specific needs of East Africans. As a sophomore, she developed and presented an exhibit titled, "The Ethics of Our Global Consumption," in which she documented and researched the products she consumed during a 24-hour period to educate the Duke community about globalization.
For her Hart Fellowship, Crosson will work with the Kibera Community Self-Help Programme (KICOSHEP) in Nairobi, Kenya, which provides testing, counseling, drugs, and other support for people affected by HIV/AIDS. Her faculty advisor will be Sherryl Broverman, assistant professor of the practice of biology. After her Hart Fellowship, Crosson would like to pursue a career in architecture and urban planning focusing on poverty-reduction and sustainable development.
Katie Mitchell from Carmel graduated from Duke this spring with a public policy studies major and minors in women's studies and Spanish. After interning in the Hart Leadership Program's Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL) Program in South Africa in 2003, she wrote an honor's thesis on barriers to education for black females in South Africa. As a Duke student, Mitchell developed Safe Walks, an innovative program to increase women's safety on Duke's campus.
Mitchell will work with the Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy (KWIECO) in Moshi, Tanzania. Her faculty advisor will be Kate Whetten, assistant professor of public policy studies and community and family medicine and director of the Health Inequities Program. After completing her Hart Fellowship, Mitchell plans to pursue a career related to women's rights.
Laurie Ball from Sudbury graduated in May with a major in public policy studies and minors in Spanish and economics. During her freshman year, Ball participated in Duke's Humanitarian Challenges at Home and Abroad FOCUS Program, through which she tutored Spanish-speaking immigrants in English. During the summer of 2002, she worked with torture survivors at the Guatemala Human Rights Commission. She has also worked with Amnesty International and the U.S. State Department, in addition to translating for torture survivors in front of Congress, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the U.S. court system.
Ball will work closely with Zoran Pulj£ executive director of the NGO Development Foundation in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her faculty advisor will be Bruce Jentleson, director of the Terry Sanford Institute. She plans to pursue a career in human rights.
Hsien-Jay Lee from Greer graduated from Duke this spring with a double major in philosophy and public policy studies. In the summer of 2002, Lee received a grant to travel to China, where he studied disparities in urban and rural development. Since 2001, he has been the lead singer and songwriter for a socio-political rock band and, in 2002, organized a benefit concert for a local organization focused on HIV/AIDS.
His fellowship will be with the Freedom Foundation, which works in the fields of alcoholism/drug addiction and AIDS in India. His faculty advisor will be Anirudh Krishna, assistant professor of public policy studies and political science. He is interested in pursuing a career in international development policy.
Harry Phillips from Costa Rica and Beaufort, S.C., graduated in May with a major in public policy studies, a minor in economics and a certificate in Latin American Studies. In the summer of 2003, he received a Mellon Award for Undergraduate Research, which he used to travel to Brazil to research affirmative action in higher education. He is the recipient of an Institute for International Public Policy Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education and spent a year studying politics and development at the London School of Economics.
Phillips will be working with Grupo Hermes de Cultura e Promo§£ Social, based at the Federal University in Bahia, Brazil. His faculty advisor will be Sherman James, Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy Studies and Center for Health Policy, Law and Management. Phillips plans to pursue a career in development policy.