Reflections from Fellows in the Field

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CMM Learning Exchange 2016: Reflection from AC4 Fellow, Aleksandra Kasymova

by |December 2nd, 2016

When I received the congratulations letter from AC4 about my fellowship to participate in the CMM Learning Exchange, my academic advisor, the reference for my application, told me: “Kudos to you! Now you are a real CMMer!” At that moment I was not sure that I knew who exactly a real CMMer was but I… read more

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New Publication on Project Ankur, from 2015 Fellowship Receipients

by |November 23rd, 2016

Srishti Sardana and Marina Marcus, team recipients of the 2015 Fellowship, have received their first publication for Project Ankur, their AC4 sponsored project. The full paper, published in Journal of Clinical Psychology, is available here: “Narratives of Violence, Pathology, and Empowerment: Mental Health Needs Assessment of Home-Based Female Sex Workers in Rural India.“ The paper gives an overview… read more

Photo #3: Giving an informal talk with students of Thabyay Education Foundation. (Yangon, Burma).

You Will Feel the Pain; Reflection from AC4 Fellow, Kelsey Woodrick

by |October 12th, 2016

“You will feel pain. You will feel the pain of my people.” These words circulated my mind as I dressed, covering my neck, to my wrists, to my ankles. “Do not try to fit in and wear Karen clothes; you are not Karen.” I wore a plaid shirt, never having buttoned to the top, a… read more

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Educations of Out of School Youth in Tepito; Reflection from AC4 Fellow, Jordan Corson

by |October 10th, 2016

When I lived in Mexico in 2013 and 2014, I knew even less than the little I now know about the country. As part of my education, I would often ask friends and colleagues about education systems in Mexico. From these conversations, I learned a bit about topics such as Zapatista schools and autonomous communities… read more

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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

Photo: author, Deborah Spindelman, MDP Practice Manager, and Mehemed Bougsea, MDP ’17; at Taksim Square the day after the attempted coup.

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

Photo of author, Rachel Macauley.

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

From top left to right: Niu Riu Mian, dumplings, and Muer mushrooms at Ghankis Khan Villa 5 in Ma’adi

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

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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

Abandoned businesses on the main street of one of the research sites. Owners abandoned many of these businesses because they were unable to pay extortion fees. A few days before I was there, a high ranking authority of the state had visited this small city, and that is why the façades were recently painted different colors; seemingly trying to mask a reality for the political class that is difficult to ignore for the members of this community.

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