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Humanity in Action Fellowship

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 9:52am

We mentioned unlocking international opportunities just the other day, and in the time since, the international organization Humanity in Action, has awarded a travel abroad fellowship to John Esteban Rodriguez to explore global humanitarian issues:

Rodriguez is one of 43 American college students chosen to participate in the international Humanity in Action Fellowship, a travel abroad experience that brings together students from two continents to explore global humanitarian issues.

Rodriquez, a fourth-year student pursuing dual bachelor's and master's degrees in English in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, will join students and recent graduates from American and European universities for the summer program, which takes place in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris and Warsaw.


Humanity in Action seeks to give students insight into global models related to mitigating injustices in diverse societies. The program features daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, as well as site visits to government agencies, nonprofit and community organizations, museums and memorials.

Rodriguez's fellowship begins with an orientation May 25-28 in Washington, D.C., focusing on American civil rights, Holocaust education and European security and political issues, and it closes at the Sixth Annual Humanity in Action International Conference at The Hague in the Netherlands from June 25-28, where the 2015 Fellows from around the world will convene to explore the city's approach to international peace, justice and reconciliation.

Another outstanding opportunity for one of our best students - and though many are their number, it is worth noting how even among outstanding classes each year, individual students continue to distinguish themselves with unique accomplishments. Rodriguez, for example:

spent a year in Amman, Jordan, through a Boren Scholarship, where he interned and studied legal obstacles faced by Syrian refugees. He is active in the Roosevelt Institute, a student-run campus think tank sponsored by the Honors Program, where he studied multiculturalism and the Middle East. He also traveled to Brazil through a UGA Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities summer fellowship, where he conducted anthropological research related to food security. 

These are the people who will lead and their interests and engagement as students says more about UGA than we ever can.

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