2006 Ethics Center Student Fellow Continues Tradition

Dana Sawitz '08, one of six Ethics Center Student Fellows conducting overseas internships in the summer of 2006, is continuing in the tradition of Center Associate Director Leigh Swigart by working for the West African Research Center (WARC) in Dakar, Senegal. Swigart, an anthropologist by training, was formerly the director of WARC. In January 2006, Brandeis and WARC partnered to conduct the West African Judicial Colloquium, in which high court judges from 12 West African nations met with international judges to discuss the issues that confront their respective judiciaries and opportunities for increased interaction.

Sawitz, an anthropology major, will spend the summer at WARC supporting literacy by increasing the printed materials available in indigenous African languages, particularly human rights documents. In May 2006, Swigart helped orient Sawitz to Dakar and to WARC during a trip to Senegal and The Gambia to follow up on the West African Judicial Colloquium and meet with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

Abdoulaye Niang, the administrative and technical director at WARC, ECSF Dana Sawitz '08, and Center Associate Director Leigh Swigart pose for a photo in the courtyard of WARC in May 2006