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Students Granted Leadership Fellowships

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Selected as leadership fellowship recipients by the Centennial Center for Leadership (CCL), Abigail Evans '14 will spend the summer analyzing the Washington, D.C.- based street newspaper Street Sense while Subin Nepal '15 will research and develop a project to enhance education in Nepal.

The Centennial Fellowship and Cohen Fellowship provide students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of leadership as they practice it. Evans and Nepal were selected from a talented pool of applicants during a proposal process where students were asked to articulate how their project would further their leadership development as well as its potential to impact others. Both Evan and Nepal presented projects that exemplified them as leaders and conscientious global citizens.

CCL Associate Director Amy Forbes praised both students, who participated in the HWS Leads certificate program, for their commitment to causes that were greater themselves.

"Abby is working on a fantastic initiative to raise awareness for the homeless population in Washington, D.C. while Subin will be researching and developing a project that promotes education, specifically literacy, in his home country Nepal," she said. "These fellowships will afford them a tremendous opportunity to explore their potential, serve a community and reflect on who they are as leaders."

Evans, an anthropology and sociology double major with a minor in Africana studies, will use the funds from her Centennial Fellowship to implement a 12-week program she designed to analyze the societal and individual impact of Street Sense, a 16-page biweekly newspaper.

"Through communication and collaborations with the staff of Street Sense, it is clear that there is a need to further understand the specific impacts the program has had on the community of Washington, D.C. as well as the individual lives of its vendors," explains Evans. "Last evaluated in 2009, more up-to-date information creates a higher probability of new involvement as well as continued support."

Last summer, Evans interned with The Batonga Foundation in Washington, D.C., a non-profit organization whose mission is to support both secondary school and higher education for girls in Africa through a variety of funding and hands-on efforts.

Recently elected a junior student trustee, Evans has choreographed for the Koshare Dance Collective and served as the Community Outreach Officer on the board this year. Since her first year, she has participated in the William Smith Summits and the Leadership institute as a Home Group leader. Last semester she lived in the Community Service theme house, and worked for the Admissions Office and the Dance Department.

Nepal, an international relations and political science double major, will use his Cohen Fellowship to research and develop a new project that will further the work he started with Serving Souls Nepal, a non-profit he helped establish that creates libraries in Nepal. By combining a passion for technology and an interest in addressing the complex social challenges in his home country, Nepal hopes to expand his impact by working with educators in the region to assess educational needs, student learning and the coordination of resources from existing NGO's.

"Today, Nepal is one of the poorest nations in the world with an estimated GDP of only $16 billion, which is less than half of the endowment of Harvard University," explains Nepal. "As such, the education in Nepal has been facing major problems for more than 50 years." Prior to coming to the Colleges, Nepal helped to establish three libraries and monitored the set up of three others in rural areas in Nepal, directly and indirectly helping nearly 60,000 people in remote regions of the country. On campus, he has worked for CCL and the Office of Student Activities. He also serves as treasurer and committee member in Hobart Student Government and has participated in the 2012 Leadership Institute.

Past fellowship recipients have created an education program for a village in Honduras, a conference in China for NGO's, and a Tae Kwon Do program in the neighboring Geneva community.

Centennial Fellowships are made possible by the generosity and commitment of those who have donated in honor of the 100th anniversary of William Smith College.

Cohen Fellowships are made possible by the generosity and commitment of Trustee Dr. Stephen Cohen ‘67, who wishes to ensure that extraordinary opportunities are made available to Hobart and William Smith students to grow and develop their leadership skills.

 


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