Reflections: 20 Years of Sorensen Fellows

Sarah Van Buren '13
2011 Sorensen Fellow
Wildflower Home
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Read Sarah's 2011 Sorensen Fellow essay here.

sarahSarah Van Buren conducted her Sorensen Fellowship experience at the Wildflower Home, a transitional shelterin Chiang Mai, Thailand,for female victims of sexual and domestic violence and their children. There, women are given the opportunity to rehabilitate physically, mentally, and spiritually as they work with their sisters to focus on healing. In addition to access to food, shelter, and high quality healthcare, women are offered English and Thai literacy courses, opportunities to study a trade at a local college, and full-time child care. Sarah worked as a women's health educator and an English instructor at the Home.

In entering the Sorensen Fellowship, Sarah knew that she wanted to serve marginalized women and their health needs; her experience at the Wildflower Home cemented this ambition. After Brandeis, Sarah worked for four years as a high school health educator and Biology teacher in the South Bronx. She received her Master’sin Secondary Science Education from Fordham University. She currently attends Yale School of Nursing pursuing her Masters in Nursing and her APRN license as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner / CertifiedNurse Midwife. She will graduate in 2020, and looks forward to working in the Bronx as a women's health care provider upon matriculation.