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Aliya Caler '02
Internship with UMAC (U Managing Conflict), Cape Town, South Africa
Hometown: Redmond, WA
Since her departure from Brandeis, Aliya spent a year traveling to over 15 countries around the world on very little money as a member of Servas, an international non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a more peaceful universe through cultural exchange. While on this journey, she also worked with the Worldwide Organization of Organic Farmers, exchanging work for room and board on organic farms in New Zealand. The fall of 2006 found her headed to Columbia for grad school, "because their sexuality and health program felt like the best fit considering my interest in HIV/AIDS as it affects women in the developing world." She studied at the Mailman School of Public Health, considering the social determinants of health, with a focus on the sexual health of marginalized populations. She spent the summer of 2007 conducting a public health needs assessment of Blantyre, Malawi for the Millenium Cities Initiative. Aliya currently serves as a policy advisor for the Chairman of the Public Health Committee at the Massachusetts legislature.
Maryanne Cullinan '02
Internship with Corrymeela Community, Ballycastle, Northern Ireland
Hometown: Temple, NH
Maryanne continues to teach sixth grade and drama in Ware, New Hampshire. She recently married, and purchased a "classic" home which she and her husband are renovating. She makes a pilgrimage to Brandeis annually (so far) to speak to education program students as an alumnus working in the field.
Anna Jaffe-Desnick '02
Internship with Gender Advocacy Programme (GAP), Cape Town, South Africa
Hometown: Ashland, OR
After graduating, Anna spent 10 months traveling through Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, New Zealand, Thailand, Nepal, and India with several Brandeis friends. As members of CERVAS and Willing Workers on Organic Farms, they had opportunities to stay with local families in their travels and lend a hand in some interesting projects. After returning, Anna completed a Master of Science degree in Organizational Training and Development. Today, she is applying her international and educational experiences as Programs and Relationships Manager at Social Fusion, a business that helps entrepreneurs grow credible companies that create sustainable social and environmental impact. She lives in San Francisco.
Jennifer Lewey '02
Internship with Sewa Lanka Foundation, Columbo, Sri Lanka
Hometown: East Boston, MA
After working for a year in Washington, D.C., at the National Institutes of Health, Jennifer began medical school at Harvard University. Through her public health career, she's been involved in Mission Hill Community and in Harvard's policies surrounding AIDS work. She spent the summer of 2003 doing health care work in Guatemala and the summer of 2004 working at an HIV clinic in South Africa. In 2006, she took a year off from medical school to pursue international public health/medical anthropology studies. She spent two months in France learning French, and then headed to Rwinkwavu, Rwanda, to work with Partners in Health, focusing on malaria programming and HIV care in rural clinics. Jennifer now works as a doctor in the internal medicine and pediatrics residency program at Brigham and Women's/Children's Hospital Boston. She continues to travel back and forth to Rwanda where she works to improve access to care in rural, resource-poor settings.
Yaser Robles '03
Internship with Ikamva Labantu, Cape Town, South Africa
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Yaser served as a college advisor for Jean Adams High School and New Marble Hill High School through the ASPIRA program. In August of 2004, he enrolled in a Master of Arts program in Caribbean Cultural Studies jointly offered by the University of Buffalo and the University of Havana, spending the fall semester of 2004 in Cuba. During summer 2006, Yaser interned at the United Nations in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), contributing to weekly reports on countries where there are U.N. peacekeeping operations (DRC, Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia/Eritrea, Afghanistan, Haiti, India/Pakistan, Lebanon, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Western Sahara, Kosovo, Georgia, Cyprus, East Timor). He also contributed to the drafting of country profiles and attended DPKO and Security Council meetings. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Albany.
Daniel Weinstein '02
Internship with Gesher, Jerusalem, Israel
Hometown: Tarzana, CA
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