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Sarah-Bess Dworin '01
Internship with The Corrymeela Community (Ballycastle), Ballynafeigh Community House (Belfast), and Shankill Stress & Trauma Group (Belfast), Northern Ireland
Hometown: Highland Park, IL

After graduating, Sarah-Bess spent two years as a youth worker in a teen center, and planning an educational empowerment conference for 350 Jewish women. In July 2004, Sarah-Bess presented a paper on coexistence at a conference on adolescence and violence to a diverse audience which included youth workers, mental health care workers, doctors, lawyers, politicians, and teachers. She reports: "Many of the conference participants came up to me after the presentation and a group of us talked late into the night. In addition to being thrilling, the discussion helped me to gain perspective from their experiences and expertise and reshape some of my thoughts." Sarah-Bess was married this past summer and she and her husband have since quit their teaching jobs to travel in South East Asia and volunteer for three months in Cambodia with the Khmer Youth Association, in conjunction with American Jewish World Service. 

Nakisha Evans '02
Internship with Ikamva Labantu, Cape Town, South Africa
Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

After graduating from Brandeis, Nakisha served as a caseworker with the Florida Department of Children and Families. In August 2004, she began her studies at St. Johns University in New York City, earning an MA in Government and Politics. After a stint working for the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, Nikki joined SEEDCO, a nationwide, nonprofit intermediary committed to addressing the challenges confronting Americans who are struggling to leave poverty and achieve economic success, as the Program Associate for Career Advancement. There, she coordinated the implementation of the EarnMore Career Advancement Program, an innovative program targeting low-incoming workers throughout Manhattan and the Bronx. In 2009, the EarnMore Program received the New York City Education and Training Coalition (NYCETC) Opportunity Award for Encouraging Career Advancement. Most recently, Nakisha moved to Berlin where she was a Young American Leaders Fellow, with the Robert Bosch Foundation. Nakisha continues to reside in Berlin and now works as the International Partnerships and Marketing consultant for the Siemens Technik Akademie-Berlin.

Sophia Moon '02
Internship with The Rural Community Network, Cookstown, Northern Ireland
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
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Tova Neugut '01
Internship with GRENED, Grenada
Hometown: Amherst, MA

After graduation, Tova spent one year in Jamaica as a Hart Fellow through Duke University, working with the Rural Family Support Organization. Since returning, she has served as the director of the 21st Century Community Learning Center in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, which offers low-income youth after school programs that combine academic and enrichment activities. In addition, she coordinated a series of Dialogues on Diversity for high school students at the John F. Kennedy Library & Museum in Boston from 2002-03. In March 2003, Tova hosted a very successful benefit concert in western Massachusetts for the Palestinian House of Friendship, a Brandeis collaborator. In the summer of 2005, Tova began a Principal Certification Program at the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals Association. In July 2008, Tova gave a talk entitled "Reducing Traumatic Stress for Preschoolers Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence: a Clinical Case Presentation" at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference in New Hampshire.

Zachary Sherwin '02
Internship with Ikamva Labantu, Cape Town, South Africa
Hometown: Springfield, MO

Zach currently lives in Los Angeles and is pursuing a career in comedy. Believe it or not, the comedy group that began at Brandeis, Late Night Players (of which Zach was a member) took off and performed around the country. The Players' anti-Wal-Mart/Harry Potter satire has had tens of thousands of views online. The video directs viewers to Wal-Mart Watch to sign up and fight Wal-Mart. The video itself is a Harry Potter spoof, where Harry must fight Lord Waldemart, a smiley-faced villain who is determined to suck the magic out of local communities. In his most recent correspondence with the Ethics Center, Zach said that he hopes to become famous so that he can perform at an Ethics Center benefit.

Andrew Slack '02
Internship with The Corrymeela Community, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
Hometown: Huntington Valley, PA

Though no longer with the Late Night Players, the comedy group formed at Brandeis, Andrew has been keeping very busy. Andrew founded the Harry Potter Alliance, dedicated to using the examples of Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore to spread love and fight the Dark Arts in the real world. The group has received significant media attention (including from J.K. Rowling herself), and can be viewed here. Read more about the HP Alliance, including how they shipped tens of thousands of books to the Mississippi Delta, in an article in the Boston Globe.