2001 Fellows

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Aliya Caler '02 is a sociology and politics major from Redmond, Washington. She is the co-founder of Students for a Just Society, a student organization whose mission is to raise awareness and to promote the discussion of economic and social justice issues. Aliya spent a summer in Tanzania working with a women's group that provides services for AIDS orphans. Her summer internship involved work in Cape Town, South Africa with the Women and Peacebuilding Programme at U Managing Conflict (UMAC). The program empowers women from disadvantaged areas as leaders and peacebuilders in their communities. Her mentor was Shulamit Reinharz of the women’s studies department.

Maryanne Cullinan '02, a linguistics and cognitive science major, is also in the elementary education program. She came to Brandeis from Temple, New Hampshire. Maryanne volunteers as a tutor with Waltham Reads, a literacy program with elementary school students; is a student representative to the Alumni Board; and is the head of the Student Alumni Association. She spent the summer in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, working with the Corrymeela Community, which is committed to reconciliation and the healing of social, religious, and political divisions. Her mentor was Robert Hunt of the anthropology department.

Anna Jaffe-Desnick '02, from Ashland, Oregon, is pursuing an independent concentration in social ecology and sociology. She is organizing a mediation group to bring teachers of varying mediation disciplines to campus and is a member of the University’s recycling program. Anna spent her spring semester abroad in Nepal studying natural and human environments. She worked with the Gender Advocacy Programme (GAP) in Cape Town, South Africa for her summer internship. GAP works to reduce domestic violence in South Africa educating women about their rights and increasing accessibility to resources. Her mentor was Karen Hansen of the sociology department.

Jennifer Lewey '02, from East Boston, is a biology major enrolled in the Peace Studies program. She is a member of the University’s recycling program and the Peer Perspectives Program. Jennifer is also involved with Peace Games, a program that teaches conflict resolution and violence prevention in schools in the Boston/Cambridge area. Jennifer spent her summer internship with the Sewa Lanka Foundation in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The foundation promotes social mobilization and institutional capacity building in conflict-affected communities. Her mentor was Daniel Terris of The International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life.

Yaser S. Robles '03 is pursuing a major in sociology and a minor in economics. He is also in the Latin American Studies and Posse Programs and serves as a peer tutor in Spanish. He came to Brandeis from Bronx, NY. In the summer of 2000 he worked as a camp counselor with the "Youth Living with Conflict" international summer camp in East Jerusalem. He spent this summer in Cape Town, South Africa working with Ikamva Labantu, which supports democracy in post-apartheid South Africa by providing educational and economic resources to community members and townships. His mentor was David Jacobson of the anthropology department.

Daniel Weinstein '02 is studying Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, philosophy, and legal studies. Before he came to Brandeis from Tarzana, CA, Daniel spent a semester on a kibbutz in Israel and participated in an independent study program with the Joint Distribution Committee in Warsaw Poland, restructuring cultural and educational programs for the emerging Polish-Jewish community. He spent his summer internship working for Gesher in Jerusalem, Israel. Gesher is an organization that promotes dialogue between secular and religious Jews through the implementation of educational programs. His mentor was Arthur Green of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department.