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International House Announces Davis Projects for Peace Summer 2024 Grant Program Recipients

We are pleased to announce that International House of Chicago Graduate Fellows Lina Gonzalez, MPP’24, Pedro Huet, MPP’24 and Jane Kim, MPP’24, and Burak Tan, PhD’26 have been awarded Davis Projects for Peace Grants for the summer of 2024.

Davis Projects for Peace is the vision of International House New York alumna Kathryn Wasserman Davis who, on her 100th birthday in 2007, launched this program at over 90 college campuses in the United States to inspire young people to create initiatives which would bring new energy and ideas to the prospects of peace in the world. In 2008, Mrs. Davis extended the funding of this program to the group of International Houses Worldwide in addition to the schools associated with the Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program. Learn more about Kathryn Davis and the Davis Projects for Peace grant program.

Lina Gonzalez, MPP’24 is studying at the Harris School of Public Policy. She will use her grant for the project Breaking Violent Areas with EmpowerEd Students to help prevent underprivileged high school students from becoming involved in violence and instead nurturing a bilingual youth workforce. This project will be completed in Cali, Colombia where Lina was raised and attended college.

Fellows Pedro Huet, MPP’24 and Jane Kim, MPP’24, along with Joseph Olasusi, MPP’24 are studying at the Harris School of Public Policy. They will use their grant for the project 59th Street Garden: A Community Approach for Solving Neighborhood Crime to establish a community garden in the Englewood neighborhood, a southside Chicago community that has been burdened by violence and a lack of public and private investment for decades.

Burak Tan, PhD’26 is studying in the Department of Political Science in the Social Sciences Division. He will use his grant for the project Community Networks Against Gender Discrimination in Southeast Turkey to address the situation of the LGBTQ+ community in southeastern Turkey which has been impacted by the Kurdish ethnic conflict. This project will be completed in Diyarbakir, Turkey.

These projects are among the twenty projects from members of the International Houses Worldwide community funded at $10,000 each for implementation during the summer of 2024. Follow the progress of all the Davis Projects for Peace through online journals.

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