International Area Studies: Justice and Human Rights BA, 2015, Honors
Jennifer Siew is currently in her 4th of 5 years in International Areas Studies: Justice and Human Rights, BA Program. She was recently awarded the Boren Scholarship, established by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), to study the languages and cultures of Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Though most of her past experiences have been in the Middle East, Jennifer will be studying in Brazil for most of 2014, spending the first four and a half months studying intensive Portuguese. The Boren will allow her to continue her studies at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) where she will both continue her normal coursework and conduct research outside of the university dealing with the Public Healthcare System (O Sistema Unico de Saude or SUS) as well as the network of microfinance organizations working to lift people out of poverty. She is interested in how these two services intersect to lift people out of poverty and hopes to one day use her research to create sister programs in Palestine and other MENA countries in which Brazilian workers can help build and improve such organizations there and encourage sustainable development. Her faculty mentor at Drexel is Dr. Kate Hughes.