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Program and Alumni Updates
Fall, 2015
Greetings ALI Supporters!
We hope that you all had a nice summer and that you’re enjoying the fall weather. ALI used 2015 to focus on our past Fellows as well as expand upon our plans for the future. We’re excited to announce that we have been hard at work on a program video that we intend to release later this fall. In the meantime, we wanted to update you on some of the exciting projects and experiences that our 2013 & 2014 ALI Fellows have been involved in. Check out the updates and be on the lookout for the video. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Jamie Aron; Starkville, MS
ALI 2014

This past spring, Jamie facilitated a “Women and Leadership” course at Mississippi State. The course engaged 14 women and men on the connection between women and leadership in today’s world, with students interacting with various speakers and intellectuals. The culminating project was a class e-book that Jamie hopes to publish.
During summer 2014, Jamie interned for the Borgen Project, a non-profit committed to advocating US leaders to address global poverty; participated in a week of discussions with a nationwide panel of students as a 2015 Truman Scholar; and attended Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. While there, Jamie took an international relations course and co-produced a policy memo on ways the US can coordinate with the EU to address conflicts our world faces today. As a member of the Middle East working group, Jamie discussed economic, political, and social long-term strategies, suggesting more active coordination with Arab nations to address regional issues. During her upcoming senior year, Jamie will serve as Chief Justice of her university.

Minahil Shahid; Lahore, Pakistan
ALI 2014

Minahil has recently been working with Rabtt, an organization working to improve education in Pakistan by recruiting volunteer mentors to engage with students in interactive educational experiences. She has been training volunteers in a 90-minute activity, which is unfamiliar to participants and pushes individuals to learn and to team up with fellow volunteers. Minahil leads discussions on how working as part of a team can sometimes be difficult, and on how skills learned in the program can be replicated in daily life. Minahil will be visiting all eight schools working with Rabtt to help the volunteers conduct their first set of activities. Following this, volunteers will be leading activities themselves.

Along with her capstone project, Minahil continues her work in healthcare and in three core areas: family planning, nursing and vocational training for health staff.

Becca Weinstein; Washington, DC
ALI 2013

Since the end of the ALI Pilot Program in 2013, Becca has pursued her interests in peacebuilding, education and youth. Through ALI, she worked for Peaceplayers International, an organization that uses basketball to bring youth from opposing sides of a conflict together. Becca also worked with the Alliance for Peacebuilding in both 2014 and 2015 to help plan and organize the organization's three-day annual conference. Over the past two years Becca has remained active in spreading the ALI word, through fundraisers as well as the life changing Ted Talk that she and another ALI 2013 fellow, Afnan Bahloul, gave in December 2013 at TedxAustinWomen. Becca's capstone project laid plans for an Israeli-Palestinian preschool. Working towards establishing that school, Becca is currently gaining teaching experience through the Capital Teaching Residency Program with the KIPP DC Charter School Network.

Lila O'brien-Milne; Washington, DC 
ALI 2014

In the year following the ALI 2014 program, Lila has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science at Bryn Mawr College. During her senior year, she wrote a thesis on the exclusion of local women from international peacebuilding operations, with a focus on the Balkans as a case study. This thesis topic was motivated, inspired and sustained by Lila’s life-changing experiences with the ALI program. Lila moved to Washington, DC in July 2015 and and is currently working as a Women, Peace, and Security intern at Women's Action for New Directions, an organization dedicated to the reduction of violence and militarism in society. She is also working as a Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation intern at Search for Common Ground. Both internships will help Lila in her goal to bring local women's knowledge and power to the forefront of peacebulding.
Sarah Phangchopi; Diphu, India
ALI 2014

Sarah recently began work on her capstone project, the goals of which are to conduct a socioeconomic and security survey of local villages affected by conflict, and to investigate the conditions that citizens live in today. She began by conducting a door-to-door survey in 37 villages with the assistance of local elders and youth leaders. The survey included one-on-one interactions, discussions and group sharing, eventually bringing to life some of the concrete facts, figures and statistics regarding education, health, economy, agriculture and employment that have stemmed from government policies. Sarah is now using her findings to advocate for programs in India. She has also been selected as one of the participants at the International Indigenous Women's Forum (IIWF/FIMI). This annual program hosts 40 participants from around the world and will feature a two-week workshop for women leaders working with indigenous women. The main focus of the Forum is to discuss women's rights, food, health, security and more.

Ruth Logan; Washington, DC
ALI 2013

Ruth has been following her passions of human rights, peacebuilding and sports, all while completing her education. In May 2014, she graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and African Studies. She composed her undergraduate thesis on socio-economic rights litigation and the role of constitutional courts to initiate social change. After graduation, Ruth moved to Washington, DC, where she is currently seeking the ideal position to impact the world. This past August, Ruth traveled to Kigali, Rwanda as a delegate of the Global Youth Connect Human Rights Delegation. While there, Ruth attended human rights training workshops, visited government agencies, volunteered with local non-profits and lived with a host family. Ruth is currently an International Communications Intern at Peace Players International. Check out her first blog post The Importance of Strong Female Athletes!
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