Summer 2016 LIF Recipients

Minju Kim ’18

The Somali Oral History Project will consists of three phases: training, recording, and multimedia display. First, I will receive training from Ryan Barland, an oral historian at the Minnesota Historical Society. After, I will interview the Somali community in the Twin Cities and record their stories about living in Somalia and moving to the United States. Based on the interview, I will develop an interactive multimedia software that can be installed in the museum. This will provide a valuable historical record for the Somali community, as well as an opportunity for the visitors to connect with local immigrants.

Rachel Gehman ’19

I would bring art supplies to the homeless shelter in Missoula, Montana, and lead art classes there twice a week. I know of a gallery space that hangs local art where I could have everything hung, and potentially sold, in a show at the beginning of September. I would especially like to facilitate the making of a mural. Residents of the shelter would make sketches, which I would combine into one image and draw on a large canvas for the residents to paint. Every session I would bring in fresh bread and cider.

Cuauhtemoc Cruz Herrera ’18

A 15-day advanced mathematics summer program for 48 underserved children from 6th grade at elementary public schools in Guadalajara, Mexico offered free of charge. Children will participate in classes from Monday to Friday in various mathematical topics divided in three areas: Number theory, Combinatorics and Geometry. The program will provide the children with transportation, lunch and other materials for the classes. The project includes the organization of a mathematics competition at the end of the program with the 48 students. This project aims to reduce the inequality of math education opportunities between the public and the private sector in Mexico.

Tina Esmail ’19 , Muath Ibaid ’17, Sophie Kurschner ’18, Arnold Sanginga ’19, Jonathan (AJ) van Arneman ’16, Jonathan Goh ’15

In 2015 alone, over 700,000 refugees arrived in Europe. This mass influx of people, mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, is coined “the European Refugee Crisis”, ignoring the identities of the affected populations and focusing instead on how their collective presence affects European infrastructure. The media’s Western fixation mobilizes aid from around the world, yet not many aid providers are able to truly understand the individualized needs and provide accordingly. After conducting a pilot project in Munich, Germany this past January, this project serves as the second stage in understanding the resources being provided to refugees as well as the challenges that come with the media portrayal of the “refugee image”. View their blog.  View their Instagram.

Laura Humes ’16, Aaron (Ari) Hymoff ’17, Julia Mayakova ’18, Forest Redlin ’17

At less than a year old, Mahama camp in Rwanda hosts 40,000 Burundian refugees. Last summer, we met recent arrivals, who sought to transform their camp experience into a formative period by engaging their skills to invest in the camp community. Community associations are a key part of civic participation in Burundi, but barriers exist to developing such associations in Mahama. We aim to develop a sustainable program to incubate social entrepreneurship and social innovation among community associations. Employing participatory methods, the Mahama community and the American Refugee Committee will partner in this project.