Three graduating Duke seniors have been selected as Hart Fellows and will spend 10 months working with innovative organizations facing complex humanitarian, political and social issues internationally. They will complete community-based research projects in partnership with their host organizations, while simultaneously developing leadership capacity.
The three Duke seniors were selected based on their strong leadership skills, their creative minds, and their proven commitment to service.
Grace Zhou will work in Battambang, Cambodia, with Homeland, a local non-governmental organization dedicated to providing sustainable care for orphans and vulnerable children. Her research will focus on evaluating a new policy in Cambodia that advocates reunification, or reuniting orphaned children with their extended families. Grace is a Public Policy major, Spanish minor and Global Health certificate student from New York.
Jocelyn Streid will spend her fellowship in Kuching, Malaysia, working with the Sarawak Children's Cancer Society. Her research will focus on palliative care for children; she is particularly interested in understanding the resources caregivers draw upon to care for children at the end of life. Jocelyn is an English major from Saint Louis.
Lewis Purcell will spend his fellowship in Saint Petersburg, Russia where he will partner with Camp Butterfly, an organization that provides services and programming to disabled youth. His research will focus on the feasibility of opening an assisted living facility for disabled young adults, the first of its kind in Russia. Lewis grew up in both Texas and Saint Petersburg, and will graduate with a double major in Russian and History.
The Hart Fellowship is among several opportunities offered by the Hart Leadership Program, which challenges students to practice the art of leadership in public life.