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Community Summer Fellowships 2023

Lena Rhie

This summer, I had the opportunity to intern at KAN-WIN, an organization based in Park Ridge, Illinois that works to eradicate gender-based violence in the Asian American community and beyond. When considering what I wanted to do with my final college summer, KAN-WIN stood out with how they both serve individuals and families and push for broader systemic reform.


Community Summer Fellowships 2022

Alicia Cai

Right now, as I sit here typing this final draft, I want to note that I’ve already spent countless drafts trying to type this out, only to hit walls of un-generativity. Not because anything major happened: the internship in itself, I think, was ultimately just a disappointment, on many parts. I have decided to use this reflection space to offer you my honesty and my full deconstruction of my experience, external and internal. As someone invested in dismantling Model Minority during this internship (and always), it would be disingenuous to not vignette the places where this theme showed up the most this summer: in my personal, embarrassing entanglements with it and my distangling efforts.


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A Student Symposium on Race and Indigeneity in the Pacific: Moving Islands, Expanding Worlds

November 28, 2017

HANDS-ON LEARNING IN HAWAII: For 15 Northwestern undergraduates, an eight-day trip to Hawaii in September 2017 proved to be a memorable preparation for their class on “Race and Indigeneity in the Pacific” this fall. The course, taught by Nitasha Sharma, director of the University’s Asian American Studies Program, along with postdoctoral fellow Hi’ilei Julia Hobart, immersed the students in the experience of indigeneity. During the Sept. 10-18 trip, students paired a hands-on exploration of Hawaiian culture with face-to-face discussions with local academics, activists and cultural practitioners.

The unique course concluded in November 2017 with a student-led, student-directed research symposium in which students presented final projects examining a range of indigenous topics such as food sovereignty, women’s activism and decolonizing education.