Faatimah Jafiq BMC ’15 is a rising junior from the Newark, NJ area. She is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies. Faatimah will be interning in Yogyakarata, Indonesia this summer. She feels that growing up Muslim in the United States has afforded her rights that have been denied to Muslim women in other countries and so she hopes to study the rights that are afforded to women in the largest Muslim country in the world. The amazing opportunity to explore a new culture, country, food, language, and different views of a religion is one that Faatimah intends to use to its fullest.
Sam Hersh ’15 is a rising junior at Haverford majoring in Growth and Structure of Cities with a double minor in Economics and Computer Science. He grew up outside of Chicago and hopes to use his life making cities, and the lives or their inhabitants, better.
Jacob Lowy ’14, a Political Science major with a minor in Economics, is participating in the CPGC sponsored Indonesian Research Program. After two weeks of intensive Indonesia language study, and three weeks of research methodology training at Sanata Dharma University, Jacob will conduct a month long internship aimed at analyzing the impact of media outlets on the development of Indonesian Democracy. The emergence of Indonesia’s nascent democratic government from a harsh authoritarian regime and public perception of this new government provide fascinating themes of reconciliation, nationalism, and truth seeking, which Jacob hopes to explore this summer.
Alex Jacobs ’14 is a History major participating in the CPGC summer Indonesia partnership program. In addition to study at Sanata Dharma University in Indonesian language, research methodologies, and social justice issues in Indonesia, Alex will be working with the Youth Program of the Indonesia Planned Parenthood Association, conducting research with an Indonesia counterpart and aiding the organization’s goals of supporting the reproductive and sexual needs of all. The Youth Program will deal specifically with supporting the health of the transgender, gay, sex worker, and street communities, which are all of special concern in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Alia Cynthia Luz is a Bryn Mawr College student interning this summer 2012 with the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) Indonesia program. The internship begins with two weeks of intensive language study and cultural immersion in the Sanata Dharma University, where she will be staying with five other BiCo interns. Within the next four weeks, she and the others will have a month-long interdisciplinary program focused on research methodology and ethics, including human rights and social justice issues in Indonesia.
Partnering with an Indonesian counterpart, she will spend the next month in research with an affiliated NGO. In addition to discovering the country, the culture, and the people, she hopes to study environmental economics in the Indonesian business and commerce milieu.
Madeline Smith-Gibbs ’13 is one of six BiCo students travelling to Indonesia this summer sponsored by the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. The Indonesia Research Program begins with two weeks of language and culture immersion in Jogajakarta, Java, followed by four weeks in Denpasar, Bali, learning about social justice issues in Indonesia and studying research methodologies and ethics. In the final month of the program, each BiCo student will partner with an Indonesia student and a local NGO to conduct a research project.
Madeline will be working with the 1965 Park Community in Denpasar. She hopes to find ways to connect her research to her studies as a Political Science major and Peace, Justice and Human Rights concentrator.
Jen Zelnick ’12 is an Anthropology major with a Spanish minor and a Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration interning via the CPGC with the Indonesia Research Program. Jen will be working with Yayasan Kerti Praja, or YKP, (kertiprajafoundation.org/), an NGO in Denpasar. Her research will examine the ways in which YKP views its clients (HIV-positive females, many of whom are or have engaged in sex work) are marginalized and underserved, and the ways in which the organization works to inculcate this understanding amongst participants themselves as a means of countering and changing the pre-existing structural inequalities that both inscribe and reinforce the perpetual marginalization of HIV-positive women in Indonesia. Jen plans to incorporate her research into Zolani Ngwane’s Diseased Bodies: AIDS, Culture, and the Anthropology of the Body class this fall as the course’s Teaching Assistant, and additionally hopes to use her research for her senior thesis (pending IRB approval).