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Randyl Wilkerson and Nastassia Williams were recently selected as recipients of the Woodrow Wilson-Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color.

Chosen through a competitive selection process, this year’s 25 WW-RBF Fellows will each receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a master’s degree in education, preparation to teach in a high-need public school, support throughout a three-year teaching commitment, and guidance toward teaching certification. Each Fellow was nominated by one of the program’s 48 nominating institutions and 29 graduate education programs.

Established in 1992 by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color were created to help recruit, support, and retain individuals of color as public education teachers and administrators. Since the program’s inception, it has awarded nearly $8 million in grants and financial assistance to 400 Fellows. In January 2009, RBF transferred the program to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation following a national review of potential host organizations.

Siddhant Issar worked for Upward Bound this summer, helping local high school students prepare for college.  Here are some photographs from the group’s trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, where they studied natural disasters and rich cultural heritage of the islands.

Group Picture at Black Sand Beach

With some students at the resort

A volcano that the group visited

At a Kona coffee plantation

Odetty Tineo, AhDream Smith, and Catherine (Casey) Reed at Machu Picchu in Peru.

Brighter Dawns, the non-profit group founded by Tasmiha Khan ’12 dedicated to helping solve health issues in the Khalishpur slum outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, is featured in an article in the Hartford Courant entitled “Wesleyan Group Helps Bangladesh Improve Sanitation.”

In July two members of Brighter Dawns will travel to Bangladesh for a month to help install 10 wells and 30 latrines in Khalishput, and hand out 1,000 sanitary kits .

Through fundraising and grants, Brighter Dawns raised over $15,000 since it was formed. It was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Projects for Peace to implement the sanitation project.


Joanna Bourain sends us these pictures from her travels while on study abroad in England.

York minster.

A duck attacking another bird.

Ducks in Joanna’s kitchen.

A duck at Joanna’s feet.

Ducks in the fountain at Alcazar Palace, Seville, Spain.

Carrie Cohen sends us these photos from her travels in Argentina and Peru.

Waina Picchu, overlooking Machu Picchu in Peru.

On a glacier in El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina.

Lake Titicaca in Peru.

Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

Huong Nguyen is on study abroad in Denmark and sends us these pictures from Copenhagen and a recent trip to Istanbul.

Huong and two friends in front of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen.

Huong with her host mom and grandmom in a town outside Copenhagen.

With a friend in front of Hagia Sofia in Istanbul, Turkey.

In a Turkish restaurant on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Geri Rosenberg is on study abroad in Copenhagen this semester and sends these pictures from a recent trip to Abisko, Sweden, inside the Arctic Circle.

Dogsledding in the mountains near Abisko.

Two views from the Torneträsk, the second deepest lake in Sweden originating from the remains of a glacier.

The train station in Abisko.

Here are some pictures from Elana Metsch-Ampel’s adventure in Heredia, Costa Rica.

Native Costa Rican flowers in San Jose

Michael Nelson is studying at the University of London this semester and sends us these pictures from his travels.

AhDream Smith is studying abroad in Ecuador this semester and sends us these pictures taken in the Andes, right on the equator.

Raghu Appasani volunteered through Unite for Sight with the AB Eye Institute in Patna, Bihar State, India over the winter break.  A photo gallery of images from his experience can be found here.

Possibilities Pakistan (www.possibilitiespakistan.org) is a non-profit organization, the first of its kind, that extends free college counseling to all Pakistani students who aspire to attend international universities. Our goal is to guide Pakistani students through the complicated application process so that they may ultimately find and be accepted to suitable top-notch foreign universities. Our project includes a free online guidance service and a one-hundred-and-fifty page e-magazine that lays bare the details of applying to college. The guidance service is run by a network of over 200 Pakistani and American students currently studying at renowned universities all over the world. When current Pakistani high school students have questions about applying to college, they simply e-mail our organization, and their queries are forwarded to appropriate members of our team who have faced similar problems before. Our magazine is a detailed walk-through of the college application process, with articles explaining the details of everything you need to know about getting into a foreign university. To date we have guided over 200 students and over 2500 students have viewed our magazine. You can help Possibilities Pakistan grow further, by voting for for them for the Dell Social Innovation Award at:


Possibilities Pakistan was founded by Wesleyan students Ali Chaudhry ’12, Kenny Feder ’12 and Kumail Akbar ’12 in April 2009.

Alex Levin is a member of the class of 2012. He currently serves as State Chairman of the Connecticut Union of College Republicans and is also running for National Treasurer of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). The CRNC is one of the county’s oldest and largest 527 groups, with over 275,000 members on over 1,500 college campuses nationwide. Alex has joined a coalition of students from all across the country, and will be embarking on a 7 month, nationwide campaign to talk with College Republicans about our generation’s future.  Alex can be reached at alex@teamcr50.com if anyone has questions or wants to get involved.

The MINDS Foundation is a student-run NGO that is taking a grassroots approach to eliminating stigma and providing medical, educational, and supportive care for patients suffering from a mental illness in developing countries.

Please vote for us to move on to the semi-finals round in which we will have a chance to win $50,000 which will enable us to implement our program and treat 60 patients suffering from a mental illness for one year!


(note: you will need to register first, login, and then vote)

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