Hauser Center Summer Fellows 2009The Hauser Summer Fellowship program supports Harvard students working with the Hauser Center or in nonprofit organizations across the globe.
Center Summer Fellows 2009
Jamila Amarshi (Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2009) is working in Gujarat, India with Pratham, the largest education nonprofit in India, with programs focused on literacy and basic math skills using an accelerated curriculum, the effects of which can be seen in as little as three weeks. During the internship Jamila will monitor and evaluate Pratham’s programs in the rural and urban setting; collect and analyze data to produce reports for the organization and the Gujarat government; and assist the pre-school education program by illustrating and selecting content for Gujarat’s educational books. Jamila will also help design an activity-based curriculum and assessment tools for children living in slum-areas. The curriculum will focus on literacy, math, and science.
Ani Bagdasarian (Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2009) is interning in Cleveland with the Cleveland Foundation, the first community foundation in the United States and the third largest today. Specifically she will be working with the Greater University Circle Initiative, a strategic partnership between the foundation, major medical institutions in the area, local philanthropies, financial institutions, community groups and the local government of the City of Cleveland to stimulate investments in the University Circle neighborhood. For this work she will evaluate current programs under the Greater University Circle Initiative; assist with the launch of the GUC Evergreen Observer; and identify aspects of the Greater University Circle Initiative that could potentially be scalable models in other U.S. cities.
Shayla Ball (Harvard Kennedy School, 2009) is working in New York City with Black Girls Rock!, Inc., a Brooklyn-based nonprofit mentoring outreach program that was established to promote the arts and to encourage dialogue about the images of women in hip-hop music and culture. Shayla’s responsibilities will include grant writing, policy and legislation advising, and general operational and organizational support. She will also work with the executive director and executive board on the implementation of existing program activities such as the Scratch DJ Academy for girls and other projects planned for Summer and Fall 2009.
Ashley Berendt (Harvard Divinity School, 2009) and Philip Schaffner (Harvard Kennedy School, 2009) will be assembling an online, searchable catalogue of benchmarking reports produced over the last four years by students in Professor Christopher Stone’s course The Strategic Management of Nonprofit and Non-governmental Organizations. In the course, students identify a specific activity that a client nonprofit organization is planning to add, alter, or improve, and conduct research on how five or six organizations known for their excellence in this particular activity successfully do their work. The nearly 60 benchmarking reports produced address a broad range of topics of importance to nonprofits, such as how to manage a satellite office, plan a major fundraising event, effectively distribute mailings, or invest in an effective knowledge management system.
Beth Christian (Harvard Divinity School, 2009) is interning in Boston with the Haymarket People’s Fund, a Jamaica Plain-based organization whose mission is, through grantmaking, fundraising, and capacity building, to support grassroots organizations that address the root causes of injustice, as well as to organize groups and individuals to increase sustainable community philanthropy in the region. In her internship Beth will be involved with development/fundraising, grantmaking, and organizational aspects of the Haymarket People’s Fund.
Lily Huang (Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2010) is working in China with the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Treatment Support Project (PATS), an organization which provides support to children living with HIV to ensure that they have access to medications and the proper nutrition necessary to keep their immune systems strong; opportunistic infections are promptly treated; and, medications are taken exactly as prescribed in order to limit drug resistance. As the first component of her project Lily will focus on the careful reconsideration of the orphanage as a designed space for wellbeing for patients, staff and the wider community- examining alternatives environments to promote child health. The second component of the project involves creating a framework and design template for PATS Child Sponsorship packages.
Rahim Kanani (Harvard Divinity School, 2010) will be working within the domain of Justice and Human Rights Organizations at the Hauser Center to coordinate a conference on international criminal justice to be held this September at the United Nations in New York. In addition, Rahim will contribute to the design and development of new initiatives housed within the domain, including a project on the role of religion and faith-based organizations in advancing global justice and human rights.
Thor Steingraber (Harvard Kennedy School, 2009) is assisting the Arts, Culture, and Media domain at the Hauser Center in the development of programs, events, and strategies to engage the leaders of arts institutions with leading scholars across disciplines about the wide array of challenges facing arts institutions—from articulating the distinct contribution of professional performing artists to the economic and management challenges of engaging new audiences in an increasingly digitized world.
Kun Tang (Harvard School of Public Health, 2009) is working in China with the China Youth Network (CYN), the first-ever youth initiated NGO in China advocating for Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) and Rights of young people, and working to provide services and education on ASRH and HIV/AIDS prevention. Kun will produce a case study about CYN to share with domestic and international youth organizations and to be a learning tool for CYN to identify its past success and failures and inform its future strategies; work with the Core Group members (Board Members) in the drafting of CYN National Strategic Plans and development of performance indicators; and will assist CYN officers to conduct monitoring and evaluation through data collecting at the service delivery points.
Eugene Yim (Harvard School of Public Health, 2010) is interning in Boston with the Operational Medicine Institute (OMI), and will focus on an initiative dedicated to developing the concept of Disaster Diplomacy – a novel and evolving concept that broadly considers both the strategies for effective humanitarian action in response to crisis as well as the political consequences of those actions. He will continue the line of academic inquiry on this topic by writing memos and editorials; help plan and organize a conference on Disaster Diplomacy; help put together a speaker series at Harvard and a working group that can convene regularly to clearly define and operationalize the concept of Disaster Diplomacy; and will facilitate interdisciplinary exchange with government agencies by traveling to Washington, D.C. to meet with key constituents in the Department of Defense, State Department, and Homeland Security.