A member of the Class of 2007, Katie White is a history major from Chatham, NJ. She will spend her fellowship year in Dakar, Senegal, working with the United Nations Population Fund in its regional advisory office. Katie has traveled during her last two summers to Cape Town, South Africa, where she studied human rights related issues and researched her senior thesis. At Princeton, she earned a certificate in African studies and was a member of the Cottage Club. A summer internship at the Clinton Foundation in New York gave Katie insight into private sector development work, and she is eager to learn more about an international development agency’s approach.
After finishing his fellowship, Bjorn returned to Burundi to help launch Spark MicroGrants’ new Burundi country program as their Burundi Country Director. He has been working with Spark to establish and grow the new program in Burundi since January 2014. He will soon be returning to the U.S. to pursue a graduate degree.
Bjorn, originally from Ithaca, NY, majored in Human Evolutionary Biology with a minor in French. While at Harvard he also conducted research on human development and completed a senior thesis on the evolution of aggression. He was also involved with the Cultural Survival campaign at Harvard where he campaigned against human rights violations against indigenous people in Ecuador. In Burundi he will be working with returning refugees, both establishing their livelihoods and ensuring the needs of the locals are met. He looks forward to working closely with Burundians, learning about their country, and looking for adventure in his travels around Africa.
Born in Nagasaki, Japan, Kelsie split her childhood almost equally between Japan and New Jersey; but having spent the last seven years in Washington, DC, the District now feels like home. Kelsie graduated from Georgetown University in 2012 with a BSFS focusing in Global Health. Outside of the classroom, she volunteered as an EMT with Georgetown´s student-run ambulance service and served as Executive Director of the world´s largest student-run Model UN conference. After graduation, Kelsie served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in a medical clinic for homeless men and worked as a federal consultant assisting with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She is currently living in Chile, teaching English at a public high school through an initiative conceived by the Chilean Ministry of Education and supported by the UNDP. Kelsie is passionate about access to health care, health education, and education as a tool for poverty eradication. She is also passionate about baking, music, sunshine, quotes, crafting, and hiking. She is very grateful and excited for the opportunity to further explore her interests while serving as a Princeton in Africa Fellow, and she can´t wait for the adventures, learning, and new friends that await her in Tanzania!
Whitney is a Woodrow Wilson School major from New York City. She also earned certificates in both Portuguese and Latin American studies. While at Princeton, Whitney sang with the Katzenjammers and campaigned against sexual assault as a member of both Speak Out and SHARE. During her summer breaks, Whitney worked with the International Media Agency, Media Vest Worldwide, and studied in Brazil twice. She also spent the spring semester of her junior year in Cape Town, South Africa. Whitney is so excited to spend a year in Lesotho, where she looks forward to gaining a wealth of practical public health experience.
Allison Williams is an ecology and evolutionary biology major from Mt. Laurel, NJ. At Princeton, she focused her senior thesis research on the behavior and physiology of yellow baboons in Kenya and worked in the Altmann hormone lab analyzing stress hormones. Allison enjoys playing soccer and played for the university on the varsity and club teams. She also tutored children through several university programs and is a member of the Cottage Club. In Kenya next year, Allison looks forward to the research and work she will take part in at the Mpala Research Center and learning the local languages, eating the local food, and interacting with the people.
Claire is from Richmond, VA and graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2015 with a degree in Foreign Affairs and French. While at UVA, she worked to facilitate dialogue around social, economic, and political issues as a Sustained Dialogue leader and group moderator and to promote interdisciplinary engagement in global public health issues as a student advisor at the UVA Center for Global Health. After graduating, Claire partnered with local agricultural cooperatives in rural, southwestern Rwanda to conduct research on gender equity as a UVA Center for Global Health Scholar. Following her return from Rwanda, she gained program management experience through her position on the Central and West Africa team at the National Democratic Institute, where she enjoyed supporting democracy development programs in Guinea, Niger, the DRC, Nigeria, and Ghana and having the opportunity to collaborate in French and English with her West African colleagues to solve programmatic challenges. Claire is excited to pursue her interest in the intersections of health equity, governance, and development through her position with CCBRT. She loves running, hiking, skiing, and cooking, and can’t wait to further explore East Africa and to work on her Swahili!
Prior to her Princeton in Africa fellowship, Elizabeth worked as a Program Officer for HIAS, an international refugee protection NGO, where she assisted with refugee assistance programs in East Africa, Chad and Latin America and deepened her interest in issues of global migration, displacement, and integration. Previously, she worked in communications for POV, an independent documentary series on PBS which puts a human face on contemporary social issues. Elizabeth is a graduate of Wesleyan University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and French Studies, focusing on issues of gender, race and identity during the colonial and post-colonial era. As an undergraduate she spent two semesters in Paris. A native of New York, she loves to travel, read and try new foods. For the next year in Kampala, she is looking forward to enjoying the legendary Ugandan hospitality, exploring the continent, and contributing to IRC’s work helping refugees go from “harm to home.”
Olivia graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) and Environmental Science. She wrote an honors thesis on stand-up comedy in East Africa entitled, “Laughing with Redykyulass: Critical Comedy in Moi’s Kenya.” She speaks French and Spanish fluently, and is currently focused on improving her Swahili and Turkish. Before college, Olivia spent a year in Paraguay living with a local family and volunteering full-time at a daycare for low-income children. Olivia has also had the opportunity to spend two summers in Africa, during one of them she studied Swahili in Kenya after being awarded a FLAS language scholarship. At Columbia, Olivia has been a member of GlobeMed in which she has organized fundraisers for global health issues and learned about grassroots global health organizations. Olivia also worked as a research assistant at the Earth Institute throughout her undergraduate career. In her first role, she assisted with the development of a systems thinking framework to enable African policymakers to choose relevant anti-malaria interventions. Her most recent project involved examining maize yield variability in African smallholder farms. Olivia is excited for work with the WFP as well as exploring Kampala and picking up some Luganda!
Morgan is from Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with degrees in Social Policy, African Studies, and Global Health. Both in and outside of school, Morgan pursued opportunities that expanded these studies beyond a purely academic, classroom setting. She had the opportunity to study abroad in South Africa and learned about the country’s system of public health and development. Throughout her time as an undergraduate, Morgan also taught health and sexual education workshops to freshmen in Chicago public schools, and worked with Jumpstart to provide literacy and language skills to preschoolers from low-income families. Beyond the university, Morgan interned in both government and non-profit public health-related settings, working at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health and at Oral Health America. In her free time, Morgan practices yoga—and actually hopes to become certified as a teacher—and loves to be outside as much as possible, whether it is biking or running, hiking or sailing. She also loves exploring new places, listening to new music, trying new foods and meeting new people. Morgan is thrilled to work in Tanzania at IEFT, as it is an opportunity for such novelty and an opportunity to grow and apply her academic pursuits.