A Shinnyo Fellow’s Reflection

July 15, 2016

Carolina Ornelas was the 2015-2016 SPIN Shinnyo Fellow from Stanford University. The SPIN Shinnyo Fellowship is a collaboration between Shinnyo-en Foundation, the John W. Gardner Center at Stanford, the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford, and Redwood City 2020.

During her fellowship year, Carolina supported youth development and community engagement projects at the Gardner Center and Redwood City 2020.

Redwood City 2020’s dialogue at the Shinnyo-en Head Temple in Redwood City, which Carolina helped to coordinate. This dialogue is one of the events that inspired her Gardner Center Perspective.
Carolina deep in thought at the Shinnyo Fellow’s Orientation.
Carolina in discussion with other Shinnyo Fellows during the Shinnyo Fellow’s Orientation.

The following Gardner Center perspective, The Healing Power of Empathy and Understanding: Key Lessons in Community Engagement, is a brief reflection of some of the key lessons she learned during the year, inspired in particular by her work at Redwood City 2020 in fostering a welcoming environment for all.

For more information about Carolina’s journey this past year, please visit her blog.