Oslo Scholars Program

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The 2012 Scholars

Anna Carolina Cardenas 

Carolina Cardenas is a junior at Tufts University pursuing a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in International Security. She was born in Brazil, where she lived until the age of 13, and then moved to Colombia. Having been raised by an American father and an Ecuadorian mother, and having experienced life in different countries, Carolina has learned a great deal about different perspectives on global conflict and politics and has grown very passionate about international affairs. She is a member of the yearlong EPIIC colloquium on Global Conflict in the 21st Century. Carolina has also worked at Physicians for Human Rights doing research on armed conflict and health, as well as at the Piez Descalzos Foundation in Colombia and Justiça Global, in Brazil. As an Oslo Scholar, Carolina will be spending the summer in Quito, Ecuador, interning with Mauricio Rodas, one of this year’s Oslo Freedom Forum Speakers.

Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese

Sabrina Ghaus

Sabrina Ghaus is a sophomore at Tufts University studying International Relations with a special focus on South Asia and the Middle East. She is involved in the Institute for Global Leadership’s photojournalism and human rights organization, EXPOSURE, documenting stories from Peru, Pakistan, and the Tufts community through words and images, and is a regular contributor to the Tufts Observer, a biweekly student-run newsmagazine. Her interest in feminism and women’s rights led her to Peru in the summer of 2011, where she worked closely with teenage girls who had been sexually abused and trafficked. As an Oslo Scholar, Sabrina will be working with Asma Jahangir, a prominent human rights lawyer and president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.

Languages: English, Urdu, Spanish

Garrett Friedman (Program Co-Coordinator)

Garrett Friedman is a second year student at Tufts University studying Biochemistry. The descendant of two holocaust survivors, Garrett has devoted himself to the fields of human rights and socioeconomic development, combining it with his love for medicine. He is an active leader of the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership program BUILD, a collaborative rural development organization working with ex-combatants and resettled refugees in Guatemala, as well as rural communities in Tamil Nadu, India. Garrett has worked for four years in biochemistry, having conducted bronchoalveolar stem cell projects with Harvard and olfactory progenitor cell research at Tufts Medical School and currently working at the Immune Diesase Institute’s Goldfeld Lab. As an Oslo Scholar, Garrett spent summer in Toronto, Canada, conducting research under the guidance of Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, one of this year’s Oslo Freedom Forum speakers.

Languages: English, Spanish

Vasundhara Jolly (Program Co-Coordinator) 

Vasundhara Jolly is a junior at Tufts University from New Delhi, India, majoring in international relations with a special focus on the Middle East and South Asia. She is also a Synaptic Scholar with the Institute for Global Leadership. Synaptic Scholars is a leadership program meant to provide a forum for students to take risks, pursue passions, and challenge assumptions in an intimate, supportive and collaborative environment. It is designed to cultivate a strong sense of accountability and responsibility, while encouraging scholars to enrich the University’s intellectual life and programming. With a demonstrated interest in human rights issues, conflict resolution, and peace-building operations, Vasundhara’s work as an Oslo Scholar took her to Srinagar, Kashmir over the winter of 2012 to work with BBC journalist and author Justine Hardy at Healing Kashmir, a mental health and suicide helpline center in Srinagar. She is serving as the 2012 Oslo Scholars Program C0-coordinator. You can follow her Kashmir blog here.

Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, French

William Luk

William Luk is a junior majoring in International Relations (concentration in International Development) and Economics at Tufts University. With an academic interest in economic development and human rights, William serves as the President of Amnesty International at Tufts, a program in the Institute of Global Leadership, as well as the President of the Hong Kong Students Association. In particular, he is interested in Internet censorship, torture and political prisoners, especially in Asia. He has interned with both NGOs, such as the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and the Boys and Girls Club Association, and private enterprises. As an Oslo Scholar, William will spend the summer furthering the work of Addis Voice, a web and satellite service providing news that is otherwise censored by the Ethopian government, under the guidance of Abebe Gellaw. 

Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Alisha Sett (Program Co-Coordinator) 

Alisha is a senior student from Tufts University pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and English. From Mumbai, India, she has been involved with the Institute of Global Leadership in many different capacities. She leads their Poverty and Power Research Initiative that conducts research on corrupt regimes, particularly oligarchies. She was a member of the year long EPIIC colloquium on South Asia: Conflict, Culture and Complexity. She volunteers with Association for India’s Development’s (AID) Boston Chapter, a nonprofit that supports grassroots organizations and movements serving the most marginalized communities in India. Through AID, she has been deeply involved with Jan Swasthya Sahyog (People’s Rural Health Program), India’s premier rural health organization. She has worked there with  founder of Physicians for Human Rights, Dr. Jonathan Fine. Recently she has worked with Tufts University Program on Narrative and Documentary Practice, pursuing photojournalism stories in South Dakota, and soon Burma. She is a passionate salsa dancer. She was a Oslo Scholar in 2010, serving as a translator for  Pakistani women’s rights activist Mukhtar Mai, served as a 2011 Oslo Scholars Program Co-coordinator, a role she is continuing this year.

Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu

Talitha Calder 

Talitha is entering her final year at McGill University in Montreal, Canada majoring in Political Science and International Development with a special focus on state governance in Africa and South Asia.  Talitha’s involvement with Amnesty International has been a driving influence in her life since high school.  She has contributed research to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal held on the inequitable distribution of child welfare resources for on-reserve First Nations children and has also authored a policy briefing on First Nations education in Canada for Sen. Landon Pearson. Last summer, Talitha travelled to Kenya to develop a community health care project with the Society for Women and AIDS. With a demonstrated interest in indigenous rights advocacy and international law, Talitha’s work as an Oslo Scholar has taken her to London, United Kingdom to intern with West Papuan independence leader and Secretary General of Demmek, Benny Wenda. 

Follow on Twitter @talithacalder

Jonathan Hershon St-Jean

Jonathan will intern for EG Justice, a Washington-based NGO that was launched in 2008 to promote human rights, the rule of law, transparency, and civic participation in Equatorial Guinea. Jonathan is pursuing a major in Psychology and minors in Political Science and Italian Studies. Jonathan is one of two McGill students selected for the Oslo Scholars Program, and has co-founded an initiative called the Green Business Awards through SIFE McGill. During his second year at McGill, he interned as an Analyst for Canada Economic Development, a federal government agency. 

Follow on Twitter @jonathanhershon

Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian

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