enabling tomorrow's human rights leaders, today
Carlota Fernandez-Tubau Rullo
Carlota is a member of the Tufts Class of 2015 pursuing a double major in Peace and Justice Studies and International Relations, with a concentration in Africa. She coordinates the Refugee Assistance Program under the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and works at the non-for-profit Books of Hope. She is also a Citizenship and Public Service Scholar at the Tisch College and a Synaptic Scholar at the Institute for Global Leadership. Carlota is interested in addressing one of the side effects of the economic crisis in the EU: the rolling back of gains in human rights of migrants. In an attempt to combat xenophobic attitudes and improve policy concerned with migrants and refugees, she has designed a Synaptics project that integrates both extensive academic research and social documentary activity. As member of the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice, she has identified and reported specific stories that can act as vehicles to explain larger, complex issues. PNDP took her to Burma where she covered the story of NLD activist Su Su Nway and documented the distressing situation of factory workers who were for the first time daring to speak out to demand rights, better pay and conditions. Through her work Carlota pursues to bring to light social injustices and to advocate for positive social change. As an Oslo Scholar, she will be working in Angola with journalist and activist Rafael Marques de Morais.
Languages: Spanish, Italian, French, English
Alice Pang is a senior at Tufts University, majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. She has lived in Edinburgh, New York City and most recently, Seoul, but she finds home with people all over the world. At Tufts, Alice has been part of the Tufts Community Union Senate, serving as the student representative to the Board of Trustees and as the Services committee co-chair. Her values of environmental sustainability has led her to be involved with a variety of green initiatives on campus, including the project to bring Hydration Stations to campus. Her favorite extracurricular activity is being a big sister in the Chinese Big Brother-Big Sister program, working with Chinese adopted children in the Boston area. Alice spent the Spring 2011 semester right outside of Kathmandu, Nepal, where she was working full-time at a local school – sharing with students the power of story for creativity and learning, while designing and establishing a children’s library for the community there. It was in Nepal where her passion for education in impoverished and troubled areas was ignited and is what she wants to pursue in the future. She also spent time in North Korea this past year, working with disability schools and facilities for children, specifically orphans. As an Oslo Scholar, Alice will be interning with Hannah Song.
Languages: Korean, Spanish, English
Saman Nargund is a junior at Tufts University studying International Relations with a minor in Philosophy. Saman was born in Singapore, but has grown up around the world in cities such as Moscow and Dubai. Her fascination with the role of media in international dialogue has taught her the strong affects of film, social media, and photography on social movements such as the Arab spring. Saman has interned at the Singaporean Ministry of Trade and Industry, as well as at the American Islamic Congress, a non-governmental organization that aims to facilitate interreligious and interethnic understanding in the United States. Currently, Saman is a teaching assistant for Tufts’ foundation black and white film photography class. In the past, she has served as a photography editor of Tufts’ Journal of International Affairs, Hemispheres. Saman is a native speaker of Hindi and English, and has pursued French in high school and at Tufts. Saman will be working with Mariam Yazdi, who advocates for human rights, especially against the death penalty, in Iran.
Languages: Hindi, English
Jonathan is a third year student at Tufts University from Jerusalem, Israel, pursuing a B.Sc. in Clinical Psychology. He is a passionate student of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict working to increase the ability of Israelis and Palestinians to empathize and respect one another. As a member of the Project of Justice in Times of Transition team working with MIT’s Saxelab, he has helped to create an annual conference dedicated to Neuroscience and Conflict Resolution. He has also conducted research on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for the Peace Appeal Foundation, and regularly attends events and discussions on the topic at the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School. In the future, he hopes to work in the field of mental health as a therapist, and in public policy. As an Oslo Scholar, Jonathan will be working under the guidance of Justine Hardy at Healing Kashmir, a mental health and suicide helpline in Srinagar, Kashmir.
Languages: Hebrew, English
Niya Shahdad is a first year student at Tufts University with interests rooted deeply in the Arts and Politics. As an Indian who originates from the conflict zone of Jammu and Kashmir, and has been born and raised in the country’s leading cities of Mumbai and Delhi, she has had the opportunity to remain closely affiliated and informed of the socio-political issues and concerns of her hometown. Her background and personal experiences have thus inspired her to pursue an undergraduate degree in International Relations and English with the aspiration of responding to the Kashmir conflict through the power of knowledge, writing and communication. Her passion for human rights and conflict resolution have thus far inspired her to conduct research on the violation of human rights of women in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and led to the initiation of her education foundation, iLearn, which aims to support children whose access to education has been hindered as a result of the ongoing conflict. As an OSLO Scholar, Niya will be working in Srinagar, Kashmir this summer with BBC journalist and author Justine Hardy at Healing Kashmir, an organization that offers mental health care to victims of the conflict.
Languages: Hindi/Urdu, Kashmiri, English
Sama Abdul-Aziz (Program Coordinator)
Sama Abdul-Aziz is a junior at Tufts University studying Biochemistry and pursuing a career in dentistry following graduation. She is a first generation Iraqi-American from Wayland, Massachusetts. Sama worked alongside three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, where she researched internal conflicts and their implications on overall well-being and health. She has traveled to Zambia with an NGO run through the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Options for Children in Zambia, which has provided dental treatment to Zambian villages and orphanages for the past seven years. There she studied the relationship between improved oral health and improved overall health and quality of life. Sama is currently working at the David Walt Laboratory at Tufts University working to create a rapid diagnostic test for Dengue Virus, a tropical neglected disease that is not fatal, but continues to kill thousands due to late diagnosis. Sama hopes to apply her dental degree and research skills in the future to bridge the gap between oral and overall health with the goal of providing health care services for all, as she views health as a human right.
Languages: Arabic, English