Previous Davis Award Recipients

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2016: Robert Alfredson ’17 and Diwash Thapa ’16: Bridging Educational Divides through Scientific Mentorship in Kathmandu

Bridging Educational Divides through Scientific Mentorship in Kathmandu centered on creating a scientific laboratory for students at a secondary school on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. The project also established a physical and digital network between the students and undergraduate mentors at Nepalese universities Trinity International College and Institute of Engineering, Thapathali.

2015: Nicole Fauster and Layla Quran: The Unwelcome Guests: The Case of Migrant Workers in Jordan

Fauster and Quran raised awareness of the case of migrants in Jordan through educational clinics for University of Jordan students, created to identify and build upon shared attributes between Jordanian citizens and migrant workers. The team also created a short film consisting of interviews with migrant workers in Jordan, non-government organization workers, lawyers and activists.

2014: Kelsey Aho ’14: Multilateral Dialogue in the Prokletije/ Bjeshkët e Namuna

Kelsey Aho Projects for Peace Multilateral Dialogue3This project is a foundation for sustaining peace in the region by reintroducing neighbors through a multicultural dialogue. Through international volunteer education and multicultural youth exchanges, environmental cooperation was a tool for transcending political boundaries to promote regional trust and stability.

2013: Madiha Bhatti ’14 and Danielle Bulinski ’13: Compassionate Labor in Liberia

This project addressed high rates of maternal mortality, mistrust among residents and a lack of confidence in medical establishments through a healthcare model that empowered women, built relationships and facilitated trust in healthcare.

2012: Amna Baloch ’12, Sarah Mohamed ’12 and Morgan Smallwood ’12: Zenica Peace Alliance

Davis Projects for Peace Amna Baloch, Sarah Mohamed and Morgan Smallwood: Zenica Peace Alliance

This is diversity program for youth in Bosnia developed with a local community partner. Throughout the summer, 25 diverse youth participated in discussions, community service and fun under the supervision of local college-aged mentors. The participants and mentors represented all three major ethnic groups found in Bosnia, including Croats, Bosniaks and Serbs. The program also hosted visits from the former mayor of Zenica, an American Embassy representative, and several community members.

2011: Yu Zhou: Young Scholars International

Davis Projects for Peace 2011: Yu Zhou: Young Scholars International

Young Scholars International facilitated cross-cultural communication through academic conversations. During the summer of 2011, Zhou and 14 UNC students conducted seminars on a variety of disciplines at high schools and universities in Beijing and Tianjin, China. The seminars were designed to introduce Chinese high school students to a range of academic disciplines, help participants recognize a common humanity among people with differences, and to foster critical understanding in establishing healthy relationships among Chinese and Western cultures.

2010: Brendan Yorke: Postcards for Progress

Postcards for Progress used the arts to connect youth separated by cultural differences. In 2010, 16 UNC students traveled to various countries where they implemented exchanges between the youth of those countries. Middle school students exchanged 5×7 paintings, letters and other art pieces. A website gallery and discussion forum promoted continued dialogue between participants. Postcards for Progress continues to help youth learn how to interact with culturally diverse peers both across the world and in their own classroom. Postcards for Progress is rooted in the campus community with integration of Carolina Navigators and other campus organizations.