Bogle Fellows: 2016 Profiles

Belinda Azamati '19
Researched the impact of integrated urban schools for a foundation.

Through my work, I am exploring the topic of increasing educational equity through school integration. Everyday I delve into research behind the benefits of racially and socioeconomically integrated schools and how others have created schools like these around the country. In the coming months, CityBridge hopes to take on this new initiative here in D.C. by starting new schools that are racially and socioeconomically integrated. I read books, reports, and studies by scholars and educators on various aspects of integration. In my research, I wrestle with questions of equity and how Black, Latino, and low-income students in most cases don’t receive a quality secondary education due to structures and institutions. It's an honor to be able to be given the autonomy to do substantive work that will impact the direction in which the CityBridge Foundation goes in its next chapter as it works to transform public education in DC.

Jazmyn Blackburn '19
Designed and tested an environmental and animal welfare preschool curriculum. 

My internship certainly confirmed my beliefs that true service only exists in the form of a dialogue. Realizing my talents honestly and passionately means that I can offer them to a community – in this case, the Princeton Nursery School – in a manner of service. Most astounding is the awe that arises when participating in true service because a level of empathy has been accessed. That empathy towards others cannot be achieved until an individual realizes what it is he or she possesses that speaks to a particular community’s need. 

Tamia Goodman '19
Created new community collaborations for K-12 schools.

I have definitely gained a new respect for entrepreneurs, CEO’s and founders of companies and nonprofits, and startup managers. It is extremely hard to manage and navigate through the terms of your own project...My internship was a lot of trial and error, but that was such a great experience. I had a few setbacks and some things I’d anticipated being a part of my project, fell through. Having to adapt to changes in my plans grew me as a student and as a person; I feel much more confident now in allowing unforeseen events to change the course of my plans without defining my level of success. I was still able to make a similar impact to that which I intended to the community even through the hitches and hurdles, and that made it worth all of the complications and disappointments. 

Nergis Khan '19
Worked for a healthcare technology start-up on opioid abuse prevention.

Getting the chance to be a Bogle fellow taught me that there truly is an inherent capacity for service in every field and in every position. While working at PIRXA (Princeton Integrated Rx Analytics), a Princeton based start up, I was able to combine my interdisciplinary interests in medicine and computer science to projects ranging from designing a system for detecting necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm babies to making patient prescription drug information more easily accessible to medical practitioners. Health IT is no longer a niche field, it’s a dynamic, rapidly growing industry. I’m grateful for the chance I had to immerse myself in it. 

Amber Lin '19
Contributed to a research group testing rammed earth construction and educated children about sustainable architecture.

Rammed earth is a uniquely sustainable, beautiful building material. It’s making a revival in modern architecture for its “zero carbon” construction and energy efficient properties, though without substantial research on its properties, rammed earth buildings are a rare sight in the United States. This summer, I was a part of a research team that designed and built a rammed earth spiraling wall in the Forbes garden. While I first got involved due to my interest in civil engineering research, with the Bogle Fellowship, I saw the opportunity to use our construction project to broaden our community’s views on structures, sustainability, and service. Days of intense manual labor were interspersed with student volunteer events and workshops with local schools and summer camps. 

Nathaniel Moses '19
Interned with a start-up learning about the social impact of sustainable beekeeping as an alternative to copper mining.

During my Bogle internship I worked for the Cotacachi Honey Fund, a Chicago-based start-up that partners with rural communities in Ecuador to foster beekeeping as sustainable development, and is moving towards producing the first ever certified organic Ecuadorian honey. My summer brought me to our partner communities where I learned firsthand about alternative development and agroecology, but it also taught me much about the inner workings of a small business, and how to develop, transport, and sell a food product. It became clear to me that the challenges of biodiversity conservation and combating climate change demand an expanded definition of service in which industry, NGOs, consumers, and agricultural producers must think creatively about new partnerships.

Devina Singh '19
Raised awareness about domestic violence.

Through my internship, I realized just how diverse service can be. Service can be anything from manning the hotlines at a domestic violence shelter to working on the shelter’s annual Clothesline Project in order to use art as a medium for social justice and victim empowerment. Service is also about learning and by listening to different domestic violence victims share their stories, I was able to see first hand how different policy decisions, such as the legalization of gay marriage and increases in housing prices directly impacted the lives of those dealing with domestic violence. Most importantly, service is lifelong and the experiences I had during my internship will allow me to bring back new perspectives and ideas to both Princeton and the community beyond. 

Cara Yi '19
Developed resource materials for people facing immigration and legal challenges.

Because of my Bogle experience, I learned to step out of my world and into another’s – into a world ruled by uncertainty and fear. I read human rights reports of neglect and abuse in immigration detention centers, heard stories of families torn apart, and witnessed judges sentencing defendants to deportation. Through these vicarious and firsthand experiences, I realized the brokenness and inadequacies of our current immigration system. Yet, rather than discouraged, I am motivated to inspire and work for change – to use policy and the law to bring justice and accountability to a system that entraps many families and individuals.