At CAPA, we seek to foster increased student diversity and to provide all participants with the opportunity to explore, challenge and redefine their identities in distinct ways. Launched in Spring 2017, The Diversity Advocates Program (DAP) is an extension of this philosophy and provides resources for advocates to pursue diversity initiatives of their own within their global cities.
Now, it’s time to announce our Fall 2018 Scholars!
Chloe Williams is spending this Fall at CAPA London. She is a senior at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, studying Communications.
Chloe has an impressive track record of advocating for inclusivity on her campus: She previously serves as her university’s Diversity and Inclusion Director for the undergraduate student body. In that position, she was able to advocate with her peers for a more inclusive and welcoming campus by holding campus climate townhalls, recognizing non-Christian and Western holidays, and creating a campaign and resolution to change the name of the Student Union. She also took part in a microaggressions campaign on campus, aimed to target how intentional or unintentional verbal or nonverbal acts could communicate hurtful messages to students based on their affiliation with a marginalized group. She is aggressively passionate about culture, respect, and learning, and plans to bring her experience here to London while listening and learning from her surroundings.
She is looking forward to understanding more about the community around her, how it came to be, the challenges it's facing, and how to bring more awareness to London’s multicultural neighborhoods.
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Lauren Ehrmann is spending this Fall at CAPA Florence. She is a junior at Indiana University, studying Art History and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures.
Lauren is also a Wells scholar, an extremely selective merit-based scholarship given to promising Indiana University students. She is also a recipient of a FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) scholarship, given to undergraduate students studying less commonly taught language and cultures. Lastly, Lauren is a scholarship recipient through the Huttons Honors College at Indiana University.
Lauren is involved with several organizations on campus, including the Arabic Flagship program and is co-chair of HHart. Her career goals include working as a museum curator of Islamic art and working with cultural heritage preservation in the Middle East.
This fall semester, Lauren hopes to use the perspectives she gained from the intensive Arabic program she attended this summer in Meknes, Morocco to inform her diversity project in Florence. She is interested in working with Arabic-speaking migrant communities and would like to focus on the relationship these communities have with the cultural heritage of their home countries and Florence.
CAPA is currently looking for its next cohort of DAP Scholars for Spring 2019!
The application for the Spring 2019 cycle of the Diversity Advocates Program is currently open. Advocates are awarded a grant in the amount of $1,000 for Semester programs only.
To be eligible, you must be a committed and engaged individual, and already have a track record of successful advocacy for diversity within your campus and home communities. You will effectively demonstrate an understanding of and obligation to make a further impact within your own community from your own experience abroad.
The deadline for this grant is on November 14, 2018, so learn more and apply today! If you have any questions about the program or the application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.