2003 Fellows

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Paul Adler ’04, from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was a political science major. Paul was a Core Committee member of the Oxfam Collegiate Click Drive and served as a leader for the Oxfam America CHANGE Initiative, a program for college students interested in hunger, poverty, and globalization. He also served on the Core Committees of Students for Peace in Israel and Palestine and Students for Just Society (SJS), for which he ran the Brandeis Circle, a speaker's forum on issues of social change and globalization. Paul worked with Fundación Turcios Lima in Guatemala. This organization works on reconciliation, re-insertion, and development projects with multiethnic communities in the villages of Guatemala. Members of community are people who have returned from exile in México.

Ayham Bahnassi ’05, a political science and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies major, is from Boylston, Massachusetts. An active member of the campus community, he is cofounder and club coordinator of the Arab Culture Club and is a member of the University’s Arab-Jewish Dialogue Group. As a high school student, Ayham was very involved with the Model United Nations, through which he participated in forums that shaped his interest in coexistence and dialogue groups. This summer, Ayham worked with the Friends of the Parents Circle in Massachusetts. Friends of the Parents Circle is an Israeli organization which represents a group of Israeli and Palestinian bereaved parents who have lost loved ones as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Xiomara Gonzalez ’05, from Bronx, New York came to Brandeis as a Posse Scholar. She is still involved in her home community, serving as a research assistant at Columbia University Teachers’ College with their Early Head Start Program since 1999. In high school, she spent a summer working as a healthcare center assistant with La Clínica Del Boson, a clinic in Argentina. Xiomara is the recipient of several awards including the Hewlett Pluralism Alliance Grant, for which she worked with Brandeis’s Theater department writing 415 South Street, a play that explored issues of race, religion, and gender on the Brandeis campus. Xiomara worked with Fundación Turcios Lima in Guatemala this summer. This organization works on reconciliation, re-insertion, and development projects with multiethnic communities in the villages of Guatemala. Members of community are people who have returned from exile in México.

Matthew Harris '04, is from New City, New York, where he volunteers as an EMT for the New City Volunteer Ambulance Corps/Rescue Squad. He majored in economics, an independent concentration in the socio-economics of hate, and was in the peace and conflict studies program. In addition to working as a teaching assistant in sociology, Matthew was a medical supervisor with the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps and was regional coordinator for the National Collegiate Emergency Medical Services Foundation. For his internship, he conducted research in South Africa with Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, former member of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Center Affiliate. Working out of the University of Cape Town, Matthew’s work focused on the factors that lead people to speak out against atrocities.

Deirdre Mooney ’05, is pursuing a double major in politics and International & Global Studies, and has been accepted into Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is from East Northport, NY and spent the summer of 2002 in a human rights internship in Costa Rica through the Institute for Central American Development Studies. Deirdre is active at Brandeis as co-chair of campus registration for the Oxfam Collegiate Click Drive campaign and a member of Students for a Just Society, the Mountain Club, the Ballroom Dance Team, the Ski Team, and the Paintball Club. This summer, she worked in Cape Town, South Africa with Ikamva Labantu, a grassroots organization that supports democracy in post-apartheid South Africa by providing educational and economic resources to community members and townships. Deidre's work focused on researching and observing health issues such as HIV/AIDS and health education, as well as helping to coordinate a two-week program for teenagers during winter break.

Marina Pevzner ’04 came to Brandeis from Rehovot, Israel as a Slifka Scholar. While in Israel she facilitated Arab-Jewish coexistence programs and dialogue groups. She completed a double major in political science and sociology and was in the peace and conflict studies program. Marina was very active in campus coexistence efforts, serving as coordinator of the Arab-Jewish Dialogue Group, and cofounder of the Indian-Pakistani Dialogue group. She was the recipient of several honors including the Karpf Peace Prize 2002, the Undergraduate Research Program Award 2002, and the National Jewish Women’s Committee Recognition 2002. Marina worked with AHIMSA, a grassroots organization in Sri Lanka concerned with developing a non-violent culture in a war torn society. AHIMSA has a strong reputation as a training institute on conflict resolution and on extending psychosocial support for victims of violence.