2010 Sorensen Fellows


The 2010 Sorensen Fellows (l-r): Tess Raser, Madeleine Stix, Kelsey Grab, former fellow Matthew Kupfer, Kayla Dinces, Christopher Lau

Download "Shifting Perspectives: Encountering Community in a Changing World," which highlights the Fellows' experiences.

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Kayla Dinces '12, from Camden, Maine, majored in Theater Arts with minors in Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies and Religious Studies. An avid performer, she has spent her formative years on the stage dancing and acting and continued to do so at Brandeis. Her passion for the arts has led her to explore its connections to social justice and peacebuilding. As a Sorensen Fellow she continued this exploration with an internship with the Experimental Theatre Foundation in Mumbai, India. The Experimental Theatre Foundation works on bringing theater from the stage to the streets with their unique method of “Theater of Relevance.” Kayla received training in this method and implemented it in the creation of a theater piece with a group of school children from poor communities in Mumbai.

Kelsey Grab '12, from Middleboro, Massachusetts majored in Sociology and Women and Gender Studies and minored in Peace and Coexistence Studies. She is interested in education policy and leadership development. Kelsey has been an active staff member of the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership program in Massachusetts since 2007, where she helps to educate and facilitate experiential learning programs for sophomores in high school. She was an orientation leader, midyear mentor and eco-rep on campus, as well as an avid painter. Kelsey interned at the Bapagrama School in Bangalore, India. The Bapagrama was founded in 1949 under Gandhi’s advice by Saraswathi Natarajan, a respected activist in the struggles of the poor and exploited peoples. The school educates students of the Dalit population ages 13-19. She explored India’s educational system and challenged her own ideas of what it takes to educate a student. 

Christopher Lau ’12, from Farmington, Connecticut, double majored in Economics and Politics, with a minor in East Asian Studies. A Justice Brandeis scholar, Chris was the president of Amnesty International and Pre-Law Society. He also volunteered as an Amnesty Northeast Region Student Area Coordinator and as an English Language Learner tutor. He aspires to become an immigration lawyer, teacher, or Foreign Service officer in the future. Chris interned with WorldTeach in Ecuador, teaching English and engaging in various developmental projects in a rural community.

Tess Raser '12, from the Chicago area, majored in International and Global Studies, minoring in Women and Gender Studies and minored in Economics. Tess Raser was a writer an editorial assistant for The Justice, was a tutor for Language and Cultural Enrichment, a Waltham Group program and a member of the Girl Effect. In the summer of 2009, she worked in a camp for inner-city youth where she taught team building and leadership skills to teens. In the summer of 2010, she was in Moshi, Tanzania where she worked with a women’s advocacy organization that distributes micro-loans to women to start their own businesses.

Madeleine Stix '12, is from Washington Heights, New York City. She majored in International & Global Studies and minored in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies (IMES) and Hispanic Studies. On campus she tutored both facilities workers and Waltham middle schoolers in English. During the summer of 2009, Madeleine interned for Chicken & Egg Pictures, a documentary film grant-making organization that supports women filmmakers. Also, in her senior year of high school she made a short documentary chronicling the Iraqi Refugee Crisis, entitled 4.5 Million and Counting: The Iraqi Refugee Crisis. As a Sorensen Fellow she interned at the Spirit of Youth Association for Environmental Service in Cairo, Egypt. Through the organization she worked with the Zaballeen, a Coptic Christian recycling community on the outskirts of Cairo, teaching English and computer programs at The Recycling School.