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The 2015 Sorensen Fellows Head Out to the Field

April 29, 2015The 2015 Sorensen Fellows on Retreat

Eight Sorensen Fellows are on their way to internships in Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Norway and around the United States. Each Sorensen Fellow will take his or her academic learning from spring courses at Brandeis into the field. When they convene in the fall in a group course, they will link their internship experience with their academics in a series of written reflections.

  • Ariella Assouline ’17, from Miami, Florida, is interning with the Feminist Majority Foundation in Los Angeles, California, where she will work on leadership building for local college feminist organizations. She plans to research and develop discussion workshops regarding the lack of diversity and representation of women and women’s roles in television and its subsequent effect on society.
  • Bethlehem Seifu Belaineh ’16, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is heading home to start EthioSTEM, a mentorship and leadership program for young Ethiopian girls that will match them with university mentors in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and other professionals in Addis Ababa.
  • Tove Freeman ’16, from Oakham, Massachusetts, is taking her passion for research and improving health outcomes into a summer internship at the National Center for Minority Health Research in Oslo, Norway. During her internship Tove will assist with cultural competency training for clinicians in Norway.
  • Shaoleen Khaled ’16, from New York, New York, will intern at the Center for Young Women’s Health at Boston Children’s Hospital.
  • Anni Long ’16, from Shanghai, China, is on her way to Beijing to intern with Media Monitor for Women Network, a Chinese feminist organization that promotes gender equality in the media. She hopes to initiate lectures/forums in middle schools to plant seeds for complex thinking about feminism among Chinese youth.
  • Wilkins Lugo ’17, from Lawrence, Massachusetts, will intern with the Housatonic Valley Association, focused on their efforts to improve water quality in the Still River Watershed, education and outreach, and more. His goal for this internship experience is to inspire others to be proactive about their environment.
  • Regina Roberg ’17, from Chicago, Illinois, will travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina to intern at a local health center's psychiatric wing through the nonprofit organization Voluntario Global. She’ll assist psychologists with observations and cases, lead community workshops about topics such as mental hygiene, and broaden her own understanding of how different communities and cultures approach the treatment of mental illness.
  • Bezaye Teshome ’16, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is also traveling back to Ethiopia, where she will be interning with the Nia Foundation. Bezaye will participate in speech therapy and social skills trainings, taking part in workshops designed to equip parents with techniques to enhance their children’s communication and social interaction abilities, and working with professionals in special needs education to plan activities for the children at the Nia Care Center.

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About the Sorensen Fellowship

The Sorensen Fellowship is named after Ted Sorensen, the Center’s Founding Advisory Chair and John F. Kennedy’s speechwriter. Fellows receive a stipend to cover their expenses over the summer, and an additional need-based grant to replace what they might have earned at a summer job. More info.