2007-2008 Undergraduate Interns Help Expand Rapoport Center’s Reach
Fall 2007 Interns (l-r): Amelia Fischer, Tony Keffler, Sarah Andes, Carina Souflée and Mackenzie Gallaway.
The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law was pleased to welcome ten undergraduate interns for the 2007-2008 academic year: seniors Amelia Fischer and Sarah Beth Wesley; juniors Sarah Andes, Kelly Burns, and Jaime Fink; sophomores Mackenzie Gallaway, Tony Keffler, Carina Souflée, and Nicole Tahtouh; and freshman Ximena Gonzalez. The interns were chosen based on their academic credentials and background and interest in community outreach and human rights.
The interns work with the Center faculty, staff and human rights scholars on various projects, including undergraduate outreach programs, affiliated faculty engagement, conference planning, the Law School's Immigration Clinic and written coverage of the Center's human rights speaker series and other Center sponsored events.
“I have been thrilled by the work and commitment of the undergraduate interns,”said Professor Karen Engle, the Center's Director. “We are honored that these talented and active students have chosen to make human rights work such a priority in their lives.” Associate Director, Ariel Dulitzky adds, “We are very grateful to have the opportunity to work with these brilliant, committed and responsible undergraduate interns. We hope that through the internship they will gain valuable experience regarding the practice and theory of human rights.”
Sarah Beth Wesley (l), a spring 2008 undergraduate intern who continued on to become a 2008 Rapoport Summer Fellow, with Center Administrator Sarah Cline (r).
Sarah Andes (Fall 2007) is a third year undergraduate majoring in Plan II and Geography. She is also a participant in the Social Inequality, Health and Policy strand of the Bridging Disciplines Program. On the University of Texas campus, Sarah is active in the Texas Hillel, University Democrats and Liberal Arts Council. This spring Sarah is traveling to Senegal to study the role of women in economic development and urbanization.
Kelly Burns (Spring 2008) is third year undergraduate at the University of Texas pursuing a degree in sociology and completing the Liberal Arts Plan I Honors Program. She is also a participant in the Bridging Disciplines Program completing the Human Rights and Global Citizenship strand in Cultural Studies. In the spring of 2007, Kelly studied abroad in Florence, Italy, where she worked on language skills and also spent time as a volunteer English teacher. Kelly is currently employed by the University of Texas Outdoor Recreation Program where she works as rock climbing instructor.
Jaime Fink (Spring 2008) is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Texas majoring in Finance, French, and Government. She was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska where she spends her summers outdoors, swimming, running, and biking. She directed Keep UT Hate Free Week in 2007 and was an active member in Student Government and Student Volunteer Board. Currently, she is the resident advisor to 72 residents at the Dobie Dormitory.
Amelia Fischer (Fall 2007—Spring 2008) was born and raised in Nacogdoches, Texas and is now a senior in the Plan II Honors program. She is also pursuing a degree in Latin American Studies. Amelia has worked on immigration and civil rights cases since she was fifteen. She volunteered with the ACLU in the recent Hutto Family Detention Center litigation, which led her to her current Rapoport Center internship with the UT School of Law Immigration Clinic. She plans to go to law school and pursue a career in immigration and civil rights law.
Mackenzie Gallaway (Fall 2007—Spring 2008) is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish. Mackenzie is social chair and a founding member and of the Latin American Studies club and is active in the University of Texas Baha'i Association. She has traveled to South America and the Caribbean as a participant in a social and economic development project. Next summer she plans to study abroad in Cordoba, Argentina.
Ximena Gonzalez (Spring 2008) is a first year Latin American Studies and Government major. Ximena is a member of the multimedia and publicity committee of the Senate of College Councils. Ximena is interested in pursuing a career in Social Justice and human rights. Upon graduating, she hopes to attend the UT Law School and focus on Latin American indigenous rights.
Tony Keffler (Fall 2007—Spring 2008) is a second year student majoring in Latin American Studies. He is an active member of the Queer Students Alliance (QSA) and a member of the Gender and Sexuality Center's Advisory Board. He is currently chair of the board's graduation committee, organizing the first Lavender Graduation at the University of Texas in partnership with QSA. He is also a committee member of the Voices Against Violence program and is a student outreach promotional assistant for the Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival. Tony volunteers at the Sustainable Food Center, working in a program to obtain locally-grown produce in the cafeteria of Austin Community College.
Carina Souflée (Fall 2007) is a second year Latin American Studies undergraduate. She is an active member of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (MECha) and is la Voz, coordinating events and meetings, for the fall semester. She is also an active member of the Student-Farm Worker Alliance, organizing a campaign for farm workers' rights in the tomato fields of Immokalee, Florida.
Nicole Tahtouh (Spring 2008) is a second year undergraduate majoring in Government. She is also pursuing a minor in International Studies through the Bridging Disciplines Program. Nicole was a competitive figure skater for ten years. She is currently an active member of Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law fraternity, and is historian of the Lebanese Social Club. Her goals in the future include studying abroad and attending law school.
Sarah Beth Wesley (Spring—Summer 2008) is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Texas and will graduate in May of 2008 with a degree in Corporate Communications. As a Bridging Disciplines student, Sarah Beth will complete her Media, Ethics, and Public Policy strand this semester. Sarah Beth is one of the founding members of Invisible Children's UT chapter and is an active member in The University of Texas Global Business Brigades. Sarah Beth has helped with community development projects in Central and South America during her summers and studied abroad in Mendoza, Argentina in the fall of 2007. She plans to pursue a career in sustainability and community development.
While the Center has had undergraduate interns in the past, this year is the first in which there has been an organized program with more than one intern. “The program has had an impact on the feel and atmosphere of the Center,” said Center Administrator, Sarah Cline, who shares her office with the interns. Engle added: “Not only are the interns providing invaluable work and expanding the Center's scope and reach into the undergraduate community, their camaraderie and enthusiasm is infectious.”
Learn more about undergraduate opportunities at the Rapoport Center.