2005 Fellows

Amy Cotton ’06, from Omaha, Nebraska, is a Health: Science, Society, and Policy major. She has worked as a Community Advisor at Brandeis for two years and serves as the secretary of the Teatro Revolucion student club. Amy interned in Cape Town, South Africa with UMAC (U Managing Conflict), an organization built on a culture of human rights that works to create a transformed, participatory, democratic and egalitarian civil society in South Africa. She helped to "jump-start" an impact assessment of the consortium of NGOs to which UMAC belongs. Through interviews with adult participants and facilitators working on peace building and economic empowerment programs taking place in the townships, Amy documented how such work transforms people and communities.

Mai Le ’07 is a Wien Scholar from Vietnam majoring in biophysics and economics. She is the president of the Aikido Club and helped the Vietnamese Student Association raise money for scholarships for poor children in Vietnam. Mai works for Information Technology Services and the Women’s Studies Research Center and is also a physics tutor. Over the summer, Mai worked with AHIMSA based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, a local NGO focusing on conflict resolution. Mai traveled with AHIMSA around the island, participating in workshops and film screenings to encourage coexistence between the different ethnic communities. Mai also visited tsunami-affected areas where AHIMSA was doing relief work.

Ava Morgenstern ’06 is a sociology major and Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies minor from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Ava has been a member of many Brandeis groups, especially as a coordinator of the Oxfam America Collegiate Click Drive and of a Brandeis Hillel women's organization. She received the Brandeis Achievement Award in May 2005 for academic achievement and outstanding contribution to the Brandeis community. Her internship was with the Nerve Centre in Derry, Northern Ireland, a multimedia arts organization in the city of Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Ava researched and developed a curriculum on Northern Ireland's history and politics and examined the community relations and coexistence organizations in the city. Currently she is writing a senior honors thesis on government, economics, community organizing, and social change for Irish Catholics in Derry/Londonderry.

Anna Nguyen ’06 came to Brandeis from Brighton, Massachusetts, as a Transitional Year Program Scholar. She is double majoring in English and political science. While at Brandeis, she is a peer mentor to first-year students in TYP and tutors local junior high school students as a member of The Waltham Group. Anna traveled to Jaffa, Israel, to work with Re'ut Sadaka, a local organization that deals with community-building and coexistence between Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews. She helped organize the newsletter and contacted international media to gain a broader exposure for the organization. She also worked with their annual summer camp for Arab and Jewish youth, providing camp support and assisting with photography and English classes.

Julia Resnitsky ’07 is a Malkin scholar from Russia and Israel. She is majoring in political science and sociology as well as minoring in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies. She is an active member of Seeds of Peace and at Brandeis she is a member of the Malkin/Slifka scholars group. Julia is also a teacher assistant for various levels of Hebrew classes, and on the weekends she tutors a special needs student at the Brandeis Jewish Educational Program. In the summer of 2005 Julia worked at the Peace & Reconciliation Group in Derry, Northern Ireland. PRG is a grassroots organization that strives to develop positive community relations and bridge the gaps between Catholic and Protestant communities through mediation, dialogue, and strategic planning. Julia assisted and participated in various workshops, courses, and confereces. At a local youth club, she worked on empowering Protestant teenagers to take action in improving their neighborhood. During her internship she also became certified in advanced mediation.

Cyanna Rodney-Hill ’06, from Port Charlotte, Florida, is a Health; Science, Society, and Policy major. Cyanna is an assistant editor for the Brandeis Archon Yearbook, serves as an Ambassador to the Mosaic Program and is an admissions volunteer for the Brandeis University Multicultural Program. For the summer of 2005, Cyanna worked as an intern with Ikamva Labantu in Cape Town, South Africa, a 30-year-old NGO focused on health services, poverty alleviation, education, job creation and land and buildings services.  Cyanna assisted in updating and redesigning tracking information for the home-based care program and helped administer surveys to foster mothers in the townships.