AC4 Fellows - Page 2

Addressing Religious & Ethnic Violence Through Peace Education in Myanmar: Reflection from AC4 Fellow, Mary Pham

by |September 15th, 2016

My Background in Peace and Conflict Education Conflict is no stranger to me or my heritage. My grandparents, devout followers of Catholicism, fled Northern Vietnam due to the fear of religious persecution. My parents were refugees from the Vietnam War—a war spanning nearly two decades—having lived through episodes of direct violence in their communities, their… read more

Youth Engagement in the MENA Region with UNICEF: Reflection from AC4 Fellow, Rahma Ahmed

by |August 16th, 2016

Arriving to ‘The Field’ For my project, I’m working as an intern in the Adolescent Development and Participation (ADAP) Section for UNICEF’s MENA regional office. The role is mainly focused on analysing the trends in youth social media engagement in the region, with an aim of understanding emerging digital technologies and how they can be… read more

Waging War for Women in Peace: Reflection from AC4 Fellow, Rachel E. Macauley

by |July 29th, 2016

I am no stranger to war. Many times, I consider myself a product of it. I was born in Liberia, a country where 14 years of violent civil war pushed my family to relocate to the United States. I later moved to Mozambique and Zimbabwe, where violent conflict took a different but equally devastating form… read more

Dumplings in the Desert: Reflections from Cairo’s Chinese Community, from AC4 Fellow, Sophia Antoun

by |July 21st, 2016

After three weeks in Cairo, I have developed a quiet affection for this place. Maybe it’s being in one of the most ancient societies in the world that has left me a bit star-struck, or maybe it’s the fact that the city itself requires a certain amount of infatuation to avoid constant infuriation with dangerous… read more

Reflections from AC4 Grad Research Fellow in Nigeria

by |June 10th, 2016

I love doing research because it gives me an excuse to get to know people in a way that I would never have known them otherwise. As a child, I used to dream of being able to meet every single person in the world, hearing their stories, understanding their dreams and struggles. I soon realized… read more

Reflection from AC4 Fellow, Laura Vargas

by |March 28th, 2016

My name is Laura Vargas and I am a Doctoral Student in Social Policy and Policy Analysis at the Columbia School of Social Work. Over the course of almost nine weeks I traveled more than 5,500 miles to conduct qualitative interviews with dozens of medical professionals. I travelled to sixteen different municipalities located in five… read more

Reflection from Alexandra Da Dalt

by |August 31st, 2015

Hello from Dili, Timor-Leste! The Southeast Asian nation is home to just over 1 million people, and faced decades of conflict during the Indonesian occupation before its Independence in 2002. As in many post-conflict environments, gender is an important factor that impacts and shapes the lives and opportunities available to survivors of violence. Academic publications… read more

Project Ankur Blog, Reflection from Marina Marcus and Srishti Sardana

by |August 17th, 2015

August 2015 How Do You Feel? …This is the question that our conversations with people in Baroda, India begin with. Project Ankur has brought us both to a new environment: for Srishti, a new city, and for Marina, a new country. Project Ankur is attempting to explore and better understand the mental health needs and… read more

Reflection from AC4 Fellow, Kolby Hanson

by |July 27th, 2015

July 18, 2015 Greetings from Guwahati, Assam, India!  I have just returned to Assam from two weeks in Nagaland, a region with a scattered, off-and-on insurgency since World War II.  I am here investigating why some armed factions are able to maintain peaceful cooperation with each other and with the government. In the first question… read more