Starting in 2012 Weissberg Scholars are selected from currently enrolled students and will receive Weissberg Scholarships to help support their studies in their junior and senior years. These scholars will receive a one-time $3,000 award to gain hands-on experience with human rights work between their junior and senior years. A call for nominations will be issued to faculty in spring 2012. Nominees will then be invited to apply for the scholarships. Both domestic and international students will be eligible. Three Weissberg Scholars were named in spring 2012: Kidan Araya'13, Amanda Lawnicki'14, and Alen Keric'14. Four additional scholars are to be named by the end of academic year 2012/13.
To be eligible for Weissberg Scholarships, nominees must have exhibited a clear commitment to understanding and improving human right as evidenced by coursework and other activities such as volunteering, interning, and extracurricular activities.
To nominate a student, submit to Josh Moore (email@example.com):
- a letter of nomination commenting on the candidate’s commitment to understanding and improving human rights.
- include the nominee’s class year, major(s) and minor(s).
Nominees will be invited to submit applications.
Deadline for nominations: February 1, 2013
2012-14 Weissberg Scholars
Alen Kerić (pictured) is a Performance and Media Studies major and a Political Science minor. Alen grew up in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina facing a wide range of human rights issues such as equality for national groups. Last summer, Alen participated in the International Summer School on Peace and Conflict Resolution learning how to manage discussions about human rights issues as well as lectures by various war journalists, historians, members of the Red Cross and many others. While at Beloit, Alen has incorporated human rights into his studies in various ways. Alen’s theatre classes have allowed him analyze the different forms of theatre created as a reaction to oppression in societies. Alen’s plans for engaging with human rights includes an internship with Save the Children (either in the US or in Bosnia), an internship with Dah Theater, job shadowing of human rights activists in Washington D.C., and taking courses on Communist and Post -Communist Systems and U.S. Media and Politics in a Global Context. Alen also plans to research theatre groups that use performance as a way to create communication between different people.
Amanda Lawnicki (pictured, on the left) is an International Relations and Russian major. She participates in Model U.N. which helps in her understanding of how the international politics play into human rights. Amanda's studies focus around memorial to human rights atrocities in the past. She has job shadowed at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., and will study memorials in Moscow, Russia next fall. Amanda also plans to go on the SIT program in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo which will examine changes in politics, civil society and memory with research, cultural activities and interactions with activists and host families.
Kidan Araya is an International Relations and Environmental studies major and Health and Society minor. Kidan has taken many courses that relate to human rights from a variety of perspectives. For instance, her African Politics course showed her the consequences of a person’s right to vote in a fair election when the right is not respected by a country and her course on Global Health care has analyzed the possibility of universal health care rights. Currently, Kidan is studying Social Pluralism and Development in Central Africa, which has significantly changed her perspectives on human rights and fuels her desire to continue human rights work. Kidan’s plans for engaging in human rights are research with the McNair Scholars Program on environmental justice, working as an Upward Bound tutor for local Beloit students, and conducting research on water infrastructure in Cameroon. Kidan also plans to volunteer with an NGO that promotes environmental stewardship and management in Cameroon. Her SIT program will allow her to conduct research on community forest management and she plans to return there later to continue her research.
The first Weissberg Scholarships was awarded to two Afghan students, Ahmad Hemmat, in 2007/08, and Ahmad Javid in 2009/10. After graduation, Ahmad Hemmat joined DC-based InterMedia, an independent, global consultancy specializing in strategic research and evaluation, mostly with development and philanthropic organizations. Javid majored in political science, and while at Beloit, he interned with the German Marshall Fund and studied abroad at Vesalius University in Brussels. A December 2010 graduate, Javid currently works as a program coordinator for the Marshall Fund and is actively engaged with the Welfare Association for the Development of Afghanistan. Zaid Al-Hadeethi and Narges Hussaini were named Weissberg Scholars in 2010. Coming from Iraq and Afghanistan respectively, Zaid and Narges began their first year of studies at Beloit College in August 2010. They were joined in August 2011 by two additional incoming Weissberg Scholars, Hana Vackova, Czech Republic, and Namoonga Mantina, Zambia.