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Welcome 2013-2014 Shinnyo Fellows!


As many may have been soaking up the last weeks of summer, August was a busy and exciting time at the Foundation. Prior to the start of the academic year, we welcomed 11 bright and talented individuals as our 2013-2014 Shinnyo Fellows.

Shinnyo Fellows range from undergraduate to Ph.D. students who are recruited and selected by the Foundation’s four partner universities. While they come from a variety of academic disciplines, are full-time students or hold full-time jobs, they are all committed to serving their communities and being leaders on campus. With support from the Foundation, each Fellow is guided by a university faculty or staff supervisor to develop leadership and reflective skills while designing and carrying out a peace-building and service project during the year.

On August 8th, Fellows gathered in San Francisco to meet their “fellow Fellows” and learn more about the Foundation, its mission, and Paradigm of Service at the Shinnyo Fellows Summer Orientation. The Foundation puts as much emphasis on a Fellow’s growth and transformation through service as it does on the community impact a Fellow’s project may have. The morning of Orientation was dedicated to looking inward as well as starting to think about how ones roots of service will manifest in their projects. Supervisors Mike Bishop (UC Berkeley), Kelly Benkert (Seattle U) and Elavie Ndura (George Mason U) guided Fellows through activities to reflect on their motivations to serve and dialogues centered on how one defines peace. There was a hum of energy as thoughts churned throughout the day and Fellows began to articulate their ideas for the year ahead.

We welcome this passionate group of individuals and are proud to present them here as 2013-2014 Shinnyo Fellows!

George Mason University

Jennifer C Jennifer is Assistant Director at the University Life Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education at GMU. Her responsibilities include co-coordinating the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) for first generation college students and developing and advising Latino student leaders. Jennifer earned a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and a MSEd in Intercultural Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at GMU in Educational Psychology/ Multicultural Multilingual Education. Jennifer is specifically studying resilience factors in first generation college students and DREAMERS. She is a meditation and yoga instructor and is developing workshops for the Shinnyo Fellowship that combine well-being practices with social justice to enhance students’ self-care.
Anese I Anese is a student at GMU’s School of Education and Human Development and plans to pursue a doctoral degree upon completion of her master’s. She is passionate about promoting youth development and understanding the impact of social structure on poverty and how to improve the condition of impoverished communities. She mentors at a local middle school and her interest in social justice and peace building among youth peaked during her involvement at New York City community organizations. As a Shinnyo Fellow she plans to develop a community garden in collaboration with GMU and local middle school students to facilitate dialogue and peace among youth and college students from varying socio-economic backgrounds.
Mhehvish K Mhehvish is a Graduate Assistant in the University Life Office of Off-Campus Programs and Services at GMU. Her responsibilities include coordinating activities and events and advising first-year, off-campus students as they begin their transition to GMU. She earned a BS in Psychology and an MS in Educational Psychology and is now pursuing a Ph.D. at GMU in the same field. Mhehvish is specifically interested in looking at peace-building activities through film and media. For her Shinnyo Fellowship, she wants to start an international film program series at GMU that can contribute to a culture of peace through international cinema, and dialogue regarding activism and social change. She hopes to empower and enlighten students using the power of film and media so that they can start to inspire change.
Nancy X Nancy is a master’s student in Sociology, working towards certificates in Women and Gender Studies and Global Proficiency at GMU. She works at the Women and Gender Studies Center, collaborating with the campus community to bring forth educational and social events for students. Her research includes the areas of violence against women, human trafficking, manifestations in communities with high preference for sons, transnational marriage, and immigration and refugee studies. As a Shinnyo Fellow, Nancy’s goals are to promote volunteerism and raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. She will be working with the Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project to implement projects and events in collaboration with different campus organizations that work on issues of immigration, gender equity, and violence against humanity.


Seattle University

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KC B KC is a senior majoring in International Studies with a minor in Economics and Spanish. She worked with the Center for Service as a facilitator for the Youth Initiative Leadership Seminar. She has also been involved with Casa Latina, a center for day workers located in Seattle, for over a year. This past year, KC spent two and a half months studying intensive Spanish and Culture in Quito, Ecuador, and hopes to use this experience to work more closely with the Latino population of Seattle. As a Shinnyo Fellow, KC is excited to explore ways of creating peace through conversation and direct experience of the other; specifically, she wants to address the marginalization and fear surrounding the immigrant experience.
Ames F Ames is a junior majoring in civil engineering with an environmental focus. Growing up in the west and exploring its wilderness taught Ames a love for the ecological function of our world. Since coming to SU, he has begun to build his understanding of the connection between social and ecological justice. He’s taken on volunteer and leadership positions with Campus Ministry and the Center for Service and Community Engagement, and is also a student leader in the divestment movement at SU. Besides studying and thinking, Ames enjoys cooking & eating with friends, playing Ultimate Frisbee and Swing Dancing. He is excited to be a Shinnyo Fellow and to hunt out ways his love for and desire to celebrate life can be best realized in the world.
Stuart H Stuart is a senior studying History with a minor in International Studies. Originally hailing from Portland, Oregon, Stuart calls the Pacific Northwest home, but has lived abroad in Japan and recently returned from six months studying in Turkey. On the SU campus, he is a participant in the Core Honors program, a student leader with the Center for Service and Community Engagement, and a member of the Ignition Leadership cohort. In his free time Stuart enjoys playing tennis, tasting exotic foods, and wandering about aimlessly. After interning at a local homeless service agency in the summer of 2011 as a Shinnyo Summer Fellow, Stuart is now employed part-time in the organization’s day center. Over the coming year he hopes to build on this experience by expanding his understanding of issues related to urban poverty and homelessness.
Katie S Katie is a senior pursuing a degree in Spanish with minors in Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies, Journalism, and Entrepreneurship. Her travels, studies and service in Latin America have given her an understanding of its culture, politics, environment, language, and history. She is interested in how issues in Latin America intersect with sustainable development. Since the beginning of 2013, she’s been working with One Equal Heart Foundation, a small Seattle-based nonprofit that works with the indigenous Tzeltal Maya in Chiapas, the poorest state in Mexico. She is interested in endogenous development, driven by local communities. She hopes that her various fields of study will intersect in a meaningful way to help her further the cause of cultural survival and indigenous autonomy. In her spare time, she enjoys creating colorful things and doing anything outdoors.


Stanford University, in partnership with Redwood City 2020

Carlo P Carlo recently graduated from Stanford with a BA in Human Biology, concentrating in Child Development and Behavior. He also earned a Minor in Creative Writing, concentrating in Poetry. He has worked with underserved youth from many diverse backgrounds, from Bay Area youth interested in science, to abandoned girls in India who wanted to learn English. Carlo hopes to synthesize these experiences and use them to inform and inspire his work as he studies to become a pediatrician. In his free time, Carlo enjoys reading, writing poetry and comedy, and being with his friends. He is excited to serve as a Shinnyo Fellow this year! Follow Carlo’s work and blog here!


UC Berkeley

 Jantsan D Jantsan is a senior majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in International Security and Conflict Management. He is a founding member and President of Mongolian Students Non-Profit Organization in America (MSNOA), a Bay Area-based organization working to ensure educational opportunities for Mongolian youth and aiming to advocate for Mongolian community members. Jantsan also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association–USA East Bay and is an intern with the City of Richmond’s Human Rights and Human Relations Commission. During his Shinnyo Fellowship, he hopes to create an educational program to raise awareness and address bullying in elementary and middle schools in Richmond and other East Bay cities. Jantsan aspires to empower youth to become global citizens by introducing them to different cultures, the workings of the United Nations, and through service projects.
Sayuri T Sayuri is a senior majoring in Peace and Conflicts Studies with a minor in Global Poverty and Practices. Sayuri‘s Fellowship project will address how to better contribute to the anti-human trafficking movement while further engaging student populations across the Bay Area. Through a new student organization, the Student Abolitionist Movement (SAM), Sayuri will serve as SAM Outreach Coordinator, matching interested students’ commitment level and skills with the needs of partner organizations involved in the anti-trafficking movement in the Bay Area. Sayuri will also teach Tae Kwon Do for the GIRLS program at StarVista in San Mateo to survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. Through her work with Shinnyo-en Foundation, Sayuri hopes to explore peace building in the context of the anti-human trafficking movement in the Bay Area.