Haleema Bharoocha is a sociologist, public servant, and changemaker driven by her commitment to the collective liberation of all people and to reforming policy to address discrimination in all its forms. She works with communities to equip people with tools for change and has trained over 150 people in bystander intervention through Allyship in the Age of Islamophobia workshops as the Vice President of the Muslim Student Association. She also serves as founding Director the Gender Justice Center at Seattle University, where she works with community stakeholders to facilitate healing and enact structural changes for gender equity.
Kate Hannick is currently a junior seeking a dual degree in Public Affairs and Economics. She chose these majors based on her desire to have a career crafting informed, social justice-oriented public policy and making government services more accessible. During her time at Seattle University, Kate has had the opportunity to be involved with Campus Ministry and serve Student Government of Seattle University as both Executive Vice President and President. Currently, Kate serves as the Civic Engagement Chair for SGSU and interns in the office of U.S. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, where she assists in constituent casework.
Vanessa graduated in 2016 with a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Humanities for Teaching. As a future educator, Vanessa aims to educate her students to venture boldly in who they are and who they can be. Completing a Fulbright ETA in Taiwan will further develop her ability to integrate cultural relevance and innovative teaching approaches. With Vanessa’s experiences as a teaching assistant, she hopes to encourage her future students to embrace their identities to eliminate barriers, such as prejudice, discrimination and ignorance, in building peace. Vanessa is excited to learn more Mandarin, about Taiwanese culture, and about herself.
Joe, a third-year student majoring in International Economic Development and minoring in Math, will be working with the Public Health Foundation of India and an organization named HIMserve to assess the impact of chronic disease on household economic welfare in rural North Bengal, India. Joe’s Fulbright research project is a response to the prior research and consultant work he did on public health in India through SU’s International Development Internship Program. For 4 months, Joe worked with HIMserve in North Bengal evaluating community health and economic development programs.