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Keem Avraham

This summer, I had the opportunity to work as the Executive Intern with the Broadway Dreams Foundation, a not for profit arts organization dedicated to arts education and musical theatre around the world. With...

Daphne Cheng

Daphne Cheng

Daphne Cheng worked with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children and local health organizations in the province of Cavite in the southern Philippines. She was part of a team helping a group...

Moustafa El-Kashlan

I spent my summer in Beira, Mozambique working on research to evaluate the impacts of different health, economic, and educational HIV interventions for orphans and vulnerable children. This was my first time in a...

Joshua Flink

Over the summer, I volunteered in Delhi, India for four weeks and worked at an organization called PORDAC (Protection of the Rights of Differently Abled Children). This opportunity was made possible both by the...

Hayden Hedman

Hayden Hedman

I spent the summer finalizing a twelve-month longitudinal field epidemiological study within northwestern Ecuador (province Esmeraldas). Interestingly, this region has been isolated from most of the continent until recent highway development within the last...

Frederick Newing

Frederick Newing

Frederick Newing volunteered at an orphanage in Arusha, Tanzania. Because of the high rate of HIV/AIDS infections and other illnesses, many children are being fostered by relatives. Orphanages alleviate the strain on families with...

Sofia Squatriti

Sofia Squatriti

This summer, I worked as a French and Italian teacher for adult refugees at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center in Rome, Italy. The JNRC is a day center where 250 refugees and asylum-seekers gather...

Colleen Towler

Colleen Towler

With the generous support of the Wallenberg Travel Award, I was able to create a Photovoice project. The project focused on gaining an improved understanding of youth navigating non-traditional sexuality and gender expression in...

Bryan Stevenson, 2017 Wallenberg Medal Recipient

2017, Bryan Stevenson

By Jana Wilbricht, Ph.D. Candidate, Communication Studies; Graduate Student Staff Assistant

On the evening of March 7th, 2017, the 25th Wallenberg Medal, the most distinguished award given by the University of Michigan, was presented to civil rights lawyer and social rights activist Bryan Stevenson, who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization working to guarantee a legal defense to every inmate on death row in Alabama, in 1989.