For the second year in a row, Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) Scholars are in Northern Ireland to take part in a 10-day program at the Clinton Centre for International Peace in Enniskillen. Scholar Brittany Thomas (Johns Hopkins, ’15) and Alumnus Chad Foster (Morehouse College ’13) are exploring ideas for building prosperity in post-conflict societies. “I cannot believe that it took going out of the country to realize how similar experiences can be around the world, said Chad Foster. “Hearing about the extreme conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland provided me with a close parallel to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.”
Said Brittany Thomas, “I initially questioned if I had maximized my ability to serve young people in my community thus far in my academic journey; however, I have found an immeasurable motivation through this new network that I have established here at the Clinton Centre.”
The pair is among a group of 11 JRF scholars taking part in the Rachel Robinson International Fellowship (RRIF) program. Established in 2008 with a generous grant from the Sheila C. Johnson Foundation , the program is designed to promote and support international work and study abroad opportunities for Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars. This summer, JRF Scholars will travel to Europe, Latin America and Asia where they will tackle complex issues involving health, the environment, finance and water management in poor agricultural communities.
“In our increasingly interconnected world, we know that producing leaders also means producing globally engaged citizens," said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza . “We are delighted to offer these opportunities to our Scholars, as we believe these experiences provide lasting benefits that will forever shape their lives both personally and professionally.”
(pictured above from l-r) Damian Travier, Dir. Mentoring and Leadership Programs, Alumnus Chad Foster, Scholar Brittany Thomas and JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza pose at JRF headquarters on travel day; the fellows in front of the Stormont Parliament Building in Northern Ireland.