2002 Fellows

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Jocelyn Berger ’03 studied peace and conflict studies and wass a student in the religious studies program. After graduation from the high school in her hometown of Shaker Heights, OH, she spent a semester at Hebrew University and a semester living on an Orthodox Kibbutz in Israel. As a high school student, Jocelyn developed an interest in coexistence through her participation in a student group on race relations. At Brandeis, Jocelyn was a member of Students for a Just Society, the South Asian Club, Ahora!, the Activist Resource Center, and the Antiwar Coalition.

Sewa Lanka Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Promotes social mobilization and institutional capacity building through economic development in conflict-affected communities

National Peace Council, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Conflict resolution organization dedicated to building a people movement for peace and creating the environment for a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Sri Lanka

Miriam Kingsberg ’03, was a history and psychology major. She also studied economics, international studies, and East Asian studies. She came to Brandeis from Short Hills, New Jersey but was raised in Tokyo. In addition to serving as a children’s services volunteer in rural India, Miriam has traveled extensively to nations such as Morocco and Thailand. She was a member of the University’s fencing team, the Justice staff, and interned with the Women's Studies Center. Miriam also worked as an assistant teacher with the Brandeis Jewish Education Program.

Internship: FACT (Families Against Crime by Terrorism), Lisburn, Northern Ireland
Dedicated to relieving the suffering and deprivation of victims of terrorist violence and their families and to provide a voice for such people in the community

Aran Lavi ’04, was an East Asian studies and economics major. He came to Brandeis from Ra’anan, Israel as a Malkin Scholar. Aran attributes his experiences at Lester B. Pearson College in Canada with solidifying his interest in coexistence. The College, one of eight United World Colleges, unites young people from around the globe to learn about diversity and community building. At Brandeis, Aran participated in the Arab-Israeli Dialogue group and helped organize a panel on violence in the Middle East.

Internship: Sewa Lanka Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Promotes social mobilization and institutional capacity building through economic development in conflict-affected communities

Trang Nguyen ’03 was an economics and mathematics major, a French minor, and completed the international business program. Born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam, Trang spent the year prior to coming to Brandeis in Illinois as part of a cultural exchange program. She was involved in a variety of activities at Brandeis, including serving as a TA, tutor in economics, and International Student Program Coordinator for Orientation 2001. She was also a member of Students for a Free Tibet, the International Club, and the French Association.

Internship: Ikamva Labantu, Cape Town, South Africa
Supports democracy in post-apartheid South Africa by providing educational and economic resources to community members and townships

George Okrah ’03 came to Brandeis from Bronx, NY where he lived for three years after having relocated from Ghana, West Africa. An American studies and sociology major, George was a student in the legal studies and journalism programs. He was a member of the Posse program and also served a peer mentor with Student Support Services. In addition to his studies, George worked as a supervisor with Fulfillment, Plus, Inc, a company in Waltham. While at Brandeis, he interned with the Associated Press in Germany and participated in the bus tour "Possibilities for Change in American Communities."

Internship: Celas Maya, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Works to recuperate and maintain the collective memory and history of the Quiché Maya and to develop alternative solutions to education problems for the highlands Mayan youth

Susan Ulrich ’03 is pursued a double major in American studies and politics and began her education at Brandeis as a member of the Transitional Year Program. She is from South Boston, MA, where she was very active in her community as a member of the youth group "Southie Survivors." The group was developed in response to the increased rates of violence and suicide among South Boston’s youth and is dedicated to empowering the community’s young people. Susan has also worked with the Office of the Attorney General in Boston and Camp Joy, a summer camp for children with disabilities.

Internship: Roca, Chelsea and Revere, Massachusetts
A grassroots human development and community building organization that promotes social justice by creating opportunities for young people and families to lead happy and healthy lives