•They will attend programs in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, New York 

WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- Humanity in Action (HIA) selected four Whitman College students for its 2007 diversity fellowship programs in New York City, Amsterdam and Copenhagen this summer. They were four of only 57 undergraduate students in the country to receive these awards and were chosen based on academic merit, leadership potential and interest in minority issues and human rights.

The four will join selected students from Europe for five weeks of intensive study of contemporary minority and human rights issues in the United States and Europe, beginning May 29.

Aisha Fukushima ’09, a French major from Bellevue, Washington, was selected for the Dutch Program in Amsterdam. Politics and economics major Moabi Garebamono ’09, from Botswana, and Laura Hanson ’07, a peace and conflict studies major from Tipp City, Ohio, were both chosen for the Danish Program in Copenhagen. Thomas Miller ’07, from Seattle, was chosen for the American Program in New York. Miller, a politics and rhetoric and film studies major, was also awarded a follow-up internship in Berlin.

During these programs, which are held in Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and the United States, HIA focuses on three interrelated areas of historic and contemporary importance:
1) examples of resistance to the Holocaust;
2) the development of international human rights institutions and doctrines; and
3) current minority issues and their relationship to human rights.


CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156
E-mail: parishlj@whitman.edu