Avukile was born and raised in South Africa. She recently completed her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Molecular Biology and a minor in Spanish at Colorado College. In addition to English, Xhosa, Zulu and Setswana, she speaks advanced Spanish after having studied abroad in Spain, Peru and Chile for immersive cultural programmes. Avu has always been passionate about the scientific and social impacts of HIV/AIDs. Thus, during a summer in her sophomore year, she interned in South Africa, doing public health community research and volunteering with the TB/HIV care association that offers care and community-based treatment adherence support. Then, she interned in Colombia helping youth find strategies to tackle prominent public health issues such as teenage pregnancy and drug addiction. In her junior year, she worked as the Diversity and Inclusion Programs Coordinator at Colorado College, organizing and planning student campus events, panels and lectures for minority and international students on campus. She served as a mentor for sophomores and led a cultural mentoring team for a local refugee family from Colombia. She loves playing volleyball, practices yoga and meditation. Avukile plans to get a master’s degree in public health after working a few years with public health organizations. Avu is excited for the wonderful professional and cultural opportunity in working with BIPAI in Botswana!
Alyson Zureick ‘06 is a politics major from Cincinnati, OH. During her fellowship, Alyson will serve as the grants coordinator and information intern for the International Rescue Committee in Sierra Leone. She spent her first year after Princeton as a Project 55 fellow at the Cyrus Vance Center for International Justice in New York. There, she provided administrative and research support for the center’s programs in Latin America and South Africa and spearheaded the development of the center’s gender-based violence network. She has written for an English-language magazine in Thailand and a major political magazine in Washington D.C.; researched sex-trafficking in Hungary; and researched community radio station in South Africa. At Princeton, she was co-editor of The Daily Princetonian’s opinion page.