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6 Paula Armstrong, left, and Emily Cole are the inaugural recipients of the Philip and Barbara Kaplan Scholarship.

Paula Armstrong, F15

Emily Cole, F15

Languages: German (native), English, Japanese, French

Languages: English (native), French, Pulaar

Places she called home by age 18: Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, the Philippines, the United States (her father works for the Foreign Service; her mother is German)

Specialty: Human security, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the western Sahel

Specialty: International security and migration and refugees studies Biggest extracurricular commitment at Fletcher: Program coordinator for Tufts University Refugee Assistance Program. “I volunteered with a South Sudanese woman. Things that might seem simple to us, like making a phone call, can be so hard.” Country she chose to move to after college: Japan, where she taught English for two years Family’s refugee experience: Her maternal grandmother was a refugee twice—first leaving Czechoslovakia with her family as a young girl at the end of World War II, when ethnic Germans were expelled from that country, and then fleeing East Germany with her future husband to resettle in West Germany when she was 20 and he was 21 years old, leaving their families behind the Iron Curtain. Capstone project: Examining remittances from immigrants to families abroad, which U.S. banks sometimes refuse to process because of security concerns, and providing policy recommendations How the Kaplan Scholarship helps: “It let me spend a summer in New York City working for a nonprofit that could offer only a small stipend.” Her internship at the International Rescue Committee resettlement office “solidified my desire to work in refugee affairs.”

Teaching assistant for: Economics 201: Introduction to Economic Theory Peace Corps insight: While volunteering in health, gender, and development programs in Senegal, she saw refugees still living in “temporary” camps set up 20 years earlier and homeless children migrating in small groups without adults. “I’m interested in the most vulnerable populations,” she says, “and what happens to them during conflict, when people are displaced and lose their assets, their livelihoods, their status, and, often, their communities.” Experience that confirmed her path: Summer 2014 internship with the House Committee on Ways and Means, helping with research and briefings. “I like the fight of politics,” she says. “I like being really hands-on.” Her dream job: Doing human security policy decision-making in the federal government, either in the administration or in Congress Capstone project: Analyzing and making policy recommendations based on changing patterns of human trafficking and slavery in the western Sahel Why she’s grateful: “I’m volunteering for an unpaid project with ICRC [International Committee of the Red Cross] rather than increasing my work-study hours. The scholarship makes it easier for me to say yes to opportunities like that when they present themselves.”

Blueprint Winter 2015  

Blueprint Winter 2015

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