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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”

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Advocacy in Africa: Political science professor analyzes African courts

May 2, 2012 at 6:32 am

Due to her expertise in building the rule of law in eastern and southern Africa, Assistant Professor of Political Science Rachel Ellett began doing research for Freedom House last year. The non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C. supports democratic change, monitors freedom, and advocates for democracy and human rights in the world.

Rachel Ellett 

Ellett’s project with Freedom House was to develop a judicial independence benchmark assessment framework for southern Africa, and the first country to be assessed was Lesotho. As part of her research, Ellett conducted a series of interviews in Maseru, Lesotho and Johannesburg, South Africa last October with key informants from the legal sector, civil society, and government.

One of the greatest challenges for Ellett was to wade through the political battles surrounding the judiciary and find a way to objectively write about them. She discovered that chronic underfunding continues to be a serious drag on the performance of the judiciary; perceptions of judicial independence in Lesotho are weak; and there has been an increase in the politicization of the judiciary due in part to heightened political volatility.

Ellett compiled her research into the Lesotho report, which she expects to be launched by Freedom House sometime this month. (She plans to post the link to the report on her website.) The 80-page report is intended for an audience of human rights and democracy activists, policy makers and governments, internationally and within Lesotho.

While the work for Freedom House was challenging, it was equally rewarding. Working for Freedom House gave her the opportunity to use her academic expertise for advocacy.

“I like that my work has important policy implications,” Ellett said. “Good governance has become central to the field of international development. Oftentimes practitioners approach this from a technical perspective, but what my research shows is how intensely political the process of supporting and building the rule of law is.”

This summer Ellett plans to complete her book manuscript for Routledge titled “African Courts and Emerging Judicial Power.” The book explores the paradoxical emergence of vibrant judiciaries in constrained political settings in eastern and southern Africa.