Five Jackie Robinson scholars have been chosen as Rachel Robinson International Fellows for 2012. The prestigious fellowship award will take scholars to Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and Middle East to study language, child literacy, technology and health. Daril Brown, a junior at Howard University will head to China to take part in a language intensive program where he will learn Mandarin and explore Chinese history and culture. Darrell Byrd, a sophomore at Brandeis University, will travel to Ghana to work at Unite for Sight, an organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. He will be working in Ghana's capital city with local optometrists, ophthalmologists and public health professionals. Abrham Desta, a sophomore, University of Minnesota, will travel to Israel and Jordan where he'll take part in a global seminar titled, "Management of Science and Technology in the Middle East". It is being conducted as a joint program between the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Victoria Okuneyea, a junior at MIT, will travel to Jamaica to continue her work with Great Shape, a child literacy program. Victoria will create and teach a stand-alone curriculum, training teachers and community members to implement her project. Christopher Russell, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania heads to the Cannes Festival in France as part of the Penn in Cannes Summer Abroad Program. Chris is interested in working in the entertainment business.
(Pictured from L-R: Christopher Russell, Daril Brown, Victoria Okuneye, Abrham Desta and Darrell Byrd)
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