WomenNC Awards Seven 2015 CSW* Student Fellowships:
WomenNC received a record number of highly qualified student Fellowship applicants from North Carolina universities and colleges. Each provided impressive details describing why they should be considered excellent candidates to represent North Carolina as WomenNC Fellows at the annual United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2015.
WomenNC’s Leadership Development/CSW Committee carefully evaluated each applicant’s academic and service background, references, and creative essays elaborating their passion for promoting women’s human rights and equal opportunities.
Thirteen competitive candidates were selected for group interviews by a panel of WomenNC CSW Committee, Board, and CSW Alumni Fellows. The review team assessed each applicant’s background, leadership potential, spontaneous speaking skills, and motivation to take on the rigorous project requirements of a CSW Fellow.
Due to the excellent pool of candidates, it was extremely challenging to choose the final team of 2015 CSW Fellows; only fiscal constraints limited our selection to seven well-deserved recipients. We are proud to announce the following students as the 2015 WomenNC CSW Fellows:
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- Liv Alvarado – completing her Master’s in ESL-Education at Meredith College
- Alison Domonoske – Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, a Global Studies major (Intl. Politics & Latin America)
- Mina Ezikpe – Sophomore at Duke University, majoring in Cultural Anthropology.
- Josh King – Senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, with dual majors in Psychology and Sociology.
- Dana Raphael – Sophomore at Duke University, Political Science and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies majors, Women’s Studies minor.
- Justine Schnitzler – Sophomore at NC State University, International Relations and Women’s & Gender Studies majors and a French minor.
- Dina Shehata – 1st year Master’s Degree Student in International Studies at NC State University.
In the next five months, each WomenNC 2015 Fellow will formulate their fellowship topic as it pertains to the 59th CSW Theme (Beijing +20) and in conjunction with issues challenging women in North Carolina. Their intensive research includes partnering with regional NC organizations exhibiting best-practice efforts and culminating in a panel presentation at the United Nations’ CSW Conference, in New York.
The Fellows will return to North Carolina to share their reflections, experiences, and plans for future advocacy, with our community.
Don’t miss your first opportunity to meet the 2015 Fellows at an upcoming WomenNC event. You’re bound to be impressed with their exuberance, maturity and dynamic lifetime goals. To get to know them, follow their blog posts, beginning November 2nd at http://womennc.blogspot.com/
You Too Can Make a Difference!
Please consider partnering with WomenNC to send these committed young advocates to the United Nations! The cost is over $3,000 per Fellowship! WomenNC has sponsored an increasing number of Fellows, due in large part to individual donors who are passionate about the development of our future leaders. Thank you in advance for your support.
Mark Your 2015 Calendars for an Inspiring Evening at an Outstanding Venue:
Save the evening of Thursday, February 19, 2015, when WomenNC’s 2015 Fellows will share their findings with the North Carolina community at WomenNC’s 6th Annual Local-to-Global Dinner Forum, hosted for the second time at the Institute for Emerging Issues, in the architecturally renowned James Hunt Jr. Library, NC State University Centennial Campus, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Event details, registration, and sponsorship options to-follow;
via invitation, eblast, and on our website in early January.
In the meantime, stay tuned for future emails and WomenNC’s 2015 Fellowship web-page postings for more insight on the student fellow biographies, research topics, and upcoming presentation forums.
WomenNC thanks you for your ongoing support and welcomes you to join us in furthering our mission… to lead North Carolina’s young adults in the elimination of injustices against women and girls through leadership development and advocacy.