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Barnard’s Global Symposium Student Fellows Announced

The Office of International Programs is pleased to announce Barnard’s Global Symposium Student Fellows. These students will travel to India in March to attend the College’s 4th Annual Global Symposium and assist with a leadership workshop for high school students from around Mumbai.

Shilpa Guha is a senior majoring in political science and human rights, with a minor in French. She has interned for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom at the United Nations and in Geneva, Switzerland. She is presently interning at Human Rights Watch. On campus, she is a coordinator for AfterHours Tutoring, a Community Impact youth group, and she works as a research assistant at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. After graduation, she hopes to contribute to women’s initiatives in India and eventually worldwide.

Sara Lederman is a senior majoring in anthropology, with a minor in religion. She is a Constellation Leader and is involved with a number of performance arts groups on campus. She is also the managing editor of Sanctum, Columbia’s undergraduate journal of religious thought. This past summer, she worked with Sesame Workshop India in Delhi, conducting education policy research. While there, she also conducted research for her thesis, which explores the ways that young women in urban slums see themselves as teachers in their communities.

Jordan Borgman is a junior majoring in comparative literature in English and Marathi. She has lived in Japan, Costa Rica, and India, and is familiar with Marathi, Japanese, Spanish, and Hindi/Urdu. While in India, she volunteered with a health project in rural Maharashtra, an experience that inspired her passion for women’s rights. At Barnard, she is involved with the Barnard/Columbia Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center and the campus branch of V-Day. She is excited for this opportunity to learn from leaders who are active in supporting Indian women.

Neharah Gill is a junior pursuing a double major in political science and human rights. Her academic interests center on South Asia, and she has taken a variety of courses in Barnard’s department of Asian and Middle Eastern cultures as well as two years of Hindi language classes. Originally from Mumbai, she considers this a fantastic opportunity to learn from and share her own experiences with young women who could have been her classmates.

JungHee Hyun is a junior majoring in urban studies, with a concentration in environmental science. She is also an Athena Scholar. She has been actively involved with Barnard’s Student Government Association and is currently a Resident Assistant. She is excited to see what Barnard can do beyond its gates and looks forward to learning from Indian women—both today’s inspiring leaders and those of the future generation.

Zoe Namerow is a junior majoring in architecture, with a minor in art history. She is actively involved with McAC and played a key role in the recent design and implementation of the Hive, a new common space on campus. Her interest in India and the roles of women there stems from her architecture courses, where she has studied the groundbreaking and innovative work of several Indian women architects.