Jasmin Fosheim is a rising senior from Pierre, South Dakota. She is studying Special Education and Psychology at Augustana University with minors in American Sign Language and Children and Youth. While at Augie, Jasmin has spent much of her time volunteering around Sioux Falls, mentoring disadvantaged elementary school children, assisting with sign classes at the South Dakota School for the Deaf, and serving as a corporate board member for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership of South Dakota. In addition to her volunteer experience, Jasmin is actively involved in a number of leadership and student research opportunities at Augie, most recently working collaboratively with local organizations to research, plan, and implement a barrier-free playground for children and adults with disabilities in the Sioux Falls areas. Jasmin hopes these experiences, along with the knowledge she will gain about peace and conflict in Norway, will come together to supplement her future career working with children who are at risk and have disabilities.
Having studied abroad in Greece, China, and India already, Jasmin is no stranger to adventure and is looking forward to the many adventures to come in Norway.
Andie Palagi is a rising junior at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, originally from Butte, Montana. She is pursuing a double major in Business-Economics and Global Studies with a concentration in Development and a minor in Political Science. Outside of class, Andie is a member of the Forensics Team, the Global Studies Student Advisory Committee, and the student-faculty planning committee for the 2016 Symposium on America and the Middle East. In her spare time, Andie reads books, drinks chai tea, and daydreams about petting dogs. Andie has spent two summers in Cambodia, studying the environment, culture, and political climate of the country. As part of a fellowship program with the Center for Khmer Studies, she studied microfinance institutions in the country and their ability to alleviate poverty. She is highly interested in exploring the relationship between poverty and conflict, and believes peace can be promoted through sustainable development. After graduation from Concordia, Andie hopes to return to Cambodia to work with a non-governmental organization that creates a forum for profound dialogue between various sectors of society in hopes of creating peaceful conditions for the 2018 election, building upon skills and experiences from this summer.
My name is Nathan Campbell and I will soon be a Junior at Luther College where I am studying mainly Chemistry but am also working towards a minor in the German Language. On campus, I represent my class on Student Senate where I also chair of the Campus Betterment Committee. Besides the responsibilities of Senate and academics, I am a member of the competitive Ballroom and Swing team on campus and also enjoy hiking, gardening, and conversation. I am very interested in the ways in which conflict and capitalism are connected and I hope to find new ways to use my strengths to promote conflict resolution.
Ariel Wood is pursuing a degree in French and Global Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. She is interested in peace studies as it applies to international development, particularly in regards to issues of gender. She is a strong advocate for gender equality and reproductive healthcare. At PLU, Ariel works as a writing consultant and residential assistant, and she sings in the female acapella group.
Ariel spent a semester abroad at the University of Oxford, which is the closest she’s ever gotten to attending Hogwarts. In her spare time, Ariel listens to podcasts, dabbles in book arts, and facetimes her dog. She looks forward to spending time in Oslo, surrounded by minds from all over the globe. She hopes this experience as a Peace Scholar will lead to impactful conversation and long-lasting friendships.
Jauza Khaleel is a rising junior at St. Olaf College majoring in both Political Science and Sociology and Anthropology. Being an international student from Maldives and having gone to high school in UWC Swaziland Jauza has developed a strong interest in international development, and the importance of efficient dialogue in conflict resolution for peace building. Jauza is also very interested in the role power plays in the implementation and enforcement of International Law especially human rights laws. Jauza is very passionate about understanding the reasons behind violence and violation of human rights in different parts of the world. Jauza has also developed a growing interest on the applicability of universal human rights in cultures and societies which are in every aspect very different from that in which the modern understanding of human rights developed in. Since freshmen year, Jauza has been actively participating in various campus activities including Sustained Dialogue, Diversity Celebration Committee (a branch on the Student Government Association focused on campus diversity) and has been serving as the Co-Chair of International Student Organization this year. During her free time, Jauza loves reading and having meaningful conversations with people about diverse and different world views.
Jauza is very excited for the opportunity to be in Oslo this summer as she believes this is a good opportunity to interact with people who are as passionate about peace building and conflict resolution and share similar interests as her. She is also looking to build some meaningful connections with fellow peace scholars during her time in Norway.
Paul Sullivan is a rising senior at St. Olaf College with a major in Asian Studies and a concentration in China Studies. A native of Decorah, Iowa, Paul is extremely excited to study Peace Studies this summer as well as visit the land of his ancestors. He is especially interested in the application of Peace Studies to the field of International Relations, with special regard to the US and China’s relationships with East Asia and the rest of the world. At St. Olaf, Paul has been especially active with the St. Olaf Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice, of which he is a founding member and currently serves as social media officer. In his free time, Paul enjoys hiking, playing mandolin, and learning to converse in other languages.
Winnie (Eron) Godi is a senior at Augsburg College, studying International Relations and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, with a minor in Peace and Global Studies. As a first generation college student and immigrant from three conflict-torn countries, Winnie has dedicated her life to social justice in multiple areas including education and racial justice in America. Winnie serves on the board of the Young Education Professionals Twin Cities Chapter, is an alum of the Minnesota Historical Society’s Museum Fellows Program, a current Bonner Leader at Augsburg College, and volunteers with Project Pride in Living as a tutor and mentor. She plans to expand her knowledge about positive peace building, hoping to draw from successful events, in order to apply that knowledge back home in South Sudan, and produce other creative ideas for socioeconomic advancement in the greater East Africa.
Winnie has studied abroad in Namibia as well as Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa where she had the opportunity to learn about the legacy of apartheid and the paralleling of anti-apartheid social movements and the Civil Rights Era. She aims to raise awareness about societal oppression and strives to increase inclusivity in institutions.
Theo Hofrenning is working on political science and Hispanic Studies majors at Pacific Lutheran University. He works as a Diversity Center Advocate as well as holds an At-large senator seat in the Associated Students of PLU. Additionally, he has had the unique opportunity to spend time as a Bus Fellow with the Washington Bus as well as a Rotary Exchange student to Ambato, Ecuador. Outside his professional life, Theo enjoys watching kung-fu movies, playing the guitar, and listening to the sound of one hand clapping. He is incredibly grateful and excited to be able to spend the summer engaging with such great minds and personalities that are the other Peace Scholars. He hopes to develop valuable skills that he can apply to efforts in building peace and justice within his university and the world alike.
Betsy Fawcett is a soon to be senior at Luther College studying Political Science and Psychology. She supplements her majors with courses in economics, statistics, and religion. Next year, Betsy will take over as the President of the Student Senate and looks forward to the ability to put the peace scholar’s experience to use as a student leader. Additionally, she is a first-year RA and the President of Luther College Democrats. In the Decorah community, Betsy works closely with the Winneshiek County Democrats, coaches the middle school mock trial team and volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children involved in juvenile court cases.
In her time working with the Luther College and Winneshiek County Democrats, Betsy has realized her passion for national, state, and local politics. In the future, she sees herself working within the political system to impact policy on the federal, state and/or local level. She is excited about the opportunity to participate in the Peace Scholar’s program because she believes that our political system could use more peace makers. She is excited to learn about about peaceful dialogue, compromises, and agreeing to disagree in the peace process. She hopes this summer will give her insights to how we can run better political systems at all levels of government.
A native of Bismarck, North Dakota, Katie Black is a senior studying Biology and Environmental Studies at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. During her time in college, she has traveled to Israel and Palestine as a member of the Concordia Orchestra’s international tour and spent a semester studying social justice, peace, and sustainable communities in Bangalore, India. She credits these opportunities for furthering her understanding of peace and conflict. Katie is interested in how ecological crises contribute to conflict and how solutions to these challenges can result in a more peaceful future. She is very grateful and excited for another opportunity to learn more with people who are passionate about peace-making.
Katie has been active with sustainability activities on campus including the High-Impact Leadership Trip and the President’s Sustainability Council. She also works as a research assistant in the biology department and plays violin in the Concordia Orchestra. Aside from her academic interests, Katie also loves all things music, napping, and exploring new places, be it in US, abroad, or in the Fargo-Moorhead area.
Rahiwa Mussa is from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and a Government, Economics and Philosophy triple major at Augustana University. She is an active member of the peace club and UBG, an ASA junior senator, and founding member of the African Student Union. Mussa hopes to someday become a successful business owner and an advisor to the Ethiopian government.