Who We Are
2006-2007 Executive Board
T'07, Cultural Anthropology major and Art History minor
Co-President and Co-Facilitator
Scott Sorrell is one of the facilitators for SEE! the World 2006-2007. Scott first got involved with SEE! as a participant in its pilot program while attending the School for International Training's Tibetan Studies, a transnational study abroad located in India, Nepal and the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China. While there Scott did an independent research project on the
state of Human Right education in the Exiled Tibetan Community of Northern India. He also taught English at Gu Chu Sum, a rehabilitation center for Former Tibetan Political Prisoners in Dharamsala.
At Duke Scott is pursuing a somewhat scattered, though decided diverse and always engaging program of study with classes in almost every subject, a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Art History. He has worked with community programs at the Center for Documentary Studies for the past three years, including working with the Youth Noise Network (YNN), a documentary radio program for Durham High School Students. He is also actively involved with the Duke Human Rights Inititive, participating in their student arm with Sudan related
activism and lobbying. He is planning to work on a committee of students and faculty who will act as report receivers of the Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report over the next year.
This summer he worked in Kathmandu Nepal with an organization called Alliance for Peace, a grassroots NGO that brings together Nepali student leaders and youth to participate in peace building, human rights, democracy and governance education. Scott is interested in sustainable forms of peace and the redemptive power that comes from understanding and embracing cultural, religous, political (and other) forms of difference. He is also interested in the role
that art and creative expression have to play in such healing. Scott hopes to work with peace-building and development after graduation, with an eye towards graduate school in the future.
He is excited to be working with the SEE! participants, and is confident that they make up one of the most exciting groups of Duke undergrads, and will only be more so after powerful study abroad experiences. Perhaps the following quote sums up his feelings most accurately: "Never doubt that a small committed group of citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."~Margaret Mead.
T'07, Political Science major, Chemistry Minor
Co-President and Co-Facilitator
Sarah is from Arlington, VA. She is currently a senior at Duke University where she studies comparative political science. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine and equal access to healthcare.
Sarah is an 2005 alumni of SEE! The World. She spent her semester abroad in fall of '05 in the Andean mountains of Ecuador. In Ecuador Sarah worked for Las Tres Manuelas, a state organization that works with the children of sex workers and at la Cruz Roja, the Red Cross.
Sarah has participated in several Service Learning classes at Duke. And continues to do service back in North Carolina with the Latino Community. She has recently been involved with Student Action with Farmworkers doing health outreach with migrant farmworkers and there families in eastern North Carolina.
After exploring the complexity of social justice issues both inside and outside of the classroom Sarah has decided that that she wants to pursue a career fighting health disparities.
Sarah is very excited about the SEE! The World Class of 2006 and can't wait to hear about the experiences of all our new participants.
T'07, Public Policy major
Co-Vice President of Publicity
Juliet is a Senior Public Policy major from Norfolk, Virginia. She started cultivating her interest in social justice issues during her Freshman year FOCUS program "Forging Social Ideals". She is a trained LEAPS facilitator, and her volunteerism in the community has focused on youth education and includes tutoring at Watts elementary and mentoring at Chewning Middle School. She has facilitated Betsy Alden's "Women as Leaders" class as well as Vicki Stocking "Adolescent Psychology" class. She believes strongly in the objectives and value of service learning at Duke, and in the greater academic arena and has continued to invest energy in programs to extend its reach to as many students as possible.
Her passion for social justice issues extends to her entire Duke career, and her work with SEE!, LEAPS, and her Student Initiative position on the staff of the Community Service Center. She has interned in a PR and Marketing position at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampton Roads and also interned in the corporate sector working on Relationship Marketing for Diageo North America. Her experience at Sanford as well as her investment in service extracurricular programs have helped her mold and develop her interest in corporate social responsibility and community service. Juliet participated in SEE! last year, and as a part of the inaugural class she has maintained a strong commitment to the goals of international service learning at Duke
Juliet is specifically interested in the far-reaching effects of publicity and marketing in relation to community service, and this year she will be leading the publicity campaign for SEE!. Because she has been invested in the development of the program since its conception, she is excited to drive further participation and make students aware of he incredible learning and growth opportunities which SEE! offers its participants.
T'07, English major, Certificate in Film/Video/Digital Studies
Co-Vice President of Publicity
Patricia Kim, Trinity '07, is an English major with a Certificate in
Film/Video/Digital Studies and possible Distinction in Creative
Writing. She was born in New York City and raised in various parts of Florida and North Carolina, in her opinion the worst and best states respectively. She enjoys writing, reading, watching movies, trying out new foods, traveling, and learning. Her favorite book is Notes from Underground but she is not pessimistic about humanity. Being a SEE! mentor is proof of this. She would like to end saying that she does not usually wear such red lipstick, and that this picture was taken in Prague where she studied abroad (Fall '05) and tutored native Czechs in English so that they could secure better career placement.
T'07, Public Policy major
Lissett is from Manhasset New York. She is a senior at Duke
University where she is currently studying to receive her degree
in Public Policy. She hopes to pursue a career in education.
As a freshman, Lissett participated in Forging Social Ideals Focus
which introduced her to service learning. She has since become slightly
obsessed with service learning (in a good way), taking a service-learning
course each semester, and becoming very active in service learning
program. She participated in the Service-Learning House Course and
has become a trained facilitator for LEAPS, a student-run organization
that supports service-learning courses. She was the 2005-2006 program
coordinator for LEAPS.
Lissett has traveled extensively in Latin America and Europe. However,
among all her travels her time in Bolivia has had the greatest impact
on her, opening her eyes to many social justice issues she had previously
been unaware of. Integrating her profound desire to address the
needs abroad and her passion for service learning, Lissett became
interested in the possibility for service learning in Duke Study
Abroad programs. During the summer of 2004, she conducted summer
research specifically looking at this possibility for service learning
in the Duke in the Andes program. This research was funded by a
Scholarship with a Civic Mission Grant and Caribbean & Latin
American Studies Mellon Award. In fall 2004, she completed her stage
2 for Scholarship with a Civic Mission. Lissett’s work culminated
in an evaluation of the feasibility for service learning in Duke
in the Andes and a proposal for such a program. She has since presented
her work at Duke University and at the NC Campus Compact Conference.
In addition, Lissett’s learning experience in Dr. Betsy Alden’s
“Women as Leaders” course inspired her to create a mentoring
program focused on fostering leadership development in adolescent
girls through the arts at John Avery Boys & Girls Club. This
mentoring program has been incorporated into Dr. Vicki Stocking’s
“Adolescent Psychology” course as a service learning
placement for her students. It has been a great success for the
mentors, mentees, and the John Avery Boys & Girls Club and the
program will continue to be a service learning placement site next
Her dream to create service-learning opportunities in study abroad
has evolved into SEE! the World. Of all her commitments at Duke
University, she is most dedicated to the success and sustainability
of this program. She is fortunate to be partners with Sally Ong
who has been a powerful force in the realization of this dream.
Lissett hopes to create change in education. She hopes that SEE!
the World will be the beginning of this service.
Lissett is currently studying abroad in Brazil.
T'07, Biology major, Neuroscience concentration
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings
endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality
helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor,
never the tormented.
Sally is a senior undergraduate student at Duke University. She
is from Johor, Malaysia and is majoring in Biology. Sally plans to pursue a career in medicine.
As a freshman, Sally enrolled in the Humanitarian Challenges at
Home and Abroad FOCUS program. She took two seminars and a writing
class, which taught her about human rights law, 20th century genocides
and the idea of morality. FOCUS quickly changed her perception of
the world. Challenged by her professors, she became more conscious
of the disparities and oppression that millions in the world face.
Inspired by the quote by Elie Wiesel, she realized never to stay
silent when she sees injustice. Since then, Sally has been very
active in human rights and health care advocacy.
Sally serves as the Director of International Outreach for Unite
for Sight, a 501(c)3 organization that works to eliminate preventable
blindness worldwide. Unite for Sight currently has programs in 25
countries. The past co-President of Unite for Sight at Duke
University, Sally has interned for Unite for Sight in Tanzania during
summer 2004 and China during winter 2004-2005. She prescribed eyeglasses,
participated in cataract eye surgery camps, and implemented eye
health education programs in schools throughout Dar es Salaam, and
Iringa in Tanzania and Henan in China. She won several travel grants
for her trips including the Freeman ASSIST award sponsored by the
Freeman Foundation and Institute of International Education in New
York and the Duke’s Future Endowment Scholarship from the
Career Center. For her commitment to service, Sally was recently
named one of 12 Unite for Sight’s 2004 Volunteers of the Year.
Sally also won the Service Opportunities in Leadership
grant and the Leonard M. Rieser Fellowship for her research in Buduburam
Refugee Camp, Ghana during summer 2005.
Sally also served as President for International
Association in 2005-2006. She was International Association’s representative
to the Duke Tsunami Relief Action Committee and helps to organize
events to educate the Duke community about the tsunami. Sally also
serves on the Education sub-committee of the University Global Health
Steering Committee overseen by the Provost and Health Chancellor.
Sally participated in the Service-Learning House Course and is
a trained LEAPS facilitator.
Sally’s life and career choice in the future will likely
be shaped by the experiences she has had in Tanzania, China and Ghana.
Her trips abroad have been her transformative experience and she
strongly believes that every undergraduate student should have the
opportunity to have their values and priorities challenged by engaging
in service learning abroad. She appreciates the value of service
learning abroad in teaching her about global citizenship and is
very excited to be working on this project with Lissett Babaian,
whose brilliant idea is becoming a reality.
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Vice Provost for International Affairs Gilbert W. Merkx was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He received his A.B. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University. He has been a Fulbright scholar at the Universidad Nacional San Cristóbal de Huamanga in Ayacucho, Perú; a visiting scholar at the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and a visiting scholar at the Latin Amerika Institutet, Stockholms Universität, in Stockholm, Sweden. He has taught on the faculties of Yale University; Göteborgs Universität, in Gothenburg, Sweden; and the University of New Mexico, where he was Professor of Sociology and Director of the Latin American and Iberian Institute. At Duke University he is Professor of the Practice of Sociology, Director of the Center for International Studies, and Vice Provost for International Affairs.
As Vice Provost, Professor Merkx is responsible for general oversight of Duke’s numerous international and foreign language and area studies programs, development of Duke’s programs and partnerships abroad, and furtherance of the internationalization of the University as a whole.
Professor Merkx served as Editor of the Latin American Research Review from 1982 to 1992. He is currently on the editorial board of journals in Argentina, Nicaragua, and Israel. He is co-Chairman of the Council of Directors of Title VI National Resource Centers for Foreign Language and Area Studies and serves on the Task Force on Title VI Reauthorization of the Coalition for International Education. He has served as Chairman of the Area Advisory Committee for Latin America of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, as Chairman of the Group of Advisors of the National Security Education Program of the Department of Defense, as a member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for the Advancement of Foreign Languages and International Studies, and as a member of the Commission on International Education of the American Council of Education.
Professor Merkx’s research has focused on the sociology of public policy formation with an emphasis on economic policy, education policy, and military policy. He has conducted field research in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and Sweden. His most recent books are International Education in the New Global Era, with John N. Hawkins, and The Jewish Presence in Latin America, with Judith Laikin Elki.
Public Policy Studies
Service Learning Coordinator at Kenan Institute of Ethics
Betsy Alden is Service-Learning Coordinator of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke, working with faculty, students, community agencies, and Durham public schools to promote the academic integration of ethical reflection and service experiences into the undergraduate curriculum. As a theologian and educator, Dr. Alden has been engaged in women's leadership as a feminist community activist, a United Methodist clergywoman since 1974, a member of commissions on the status and role of women in church, civic, and national organizations, and on several national boards, including the National Partnership for Service-Learning, Ministry to Blacks in Higher Education, the National Campus Ministry Association, and the Presbyterian Church's (international) Self-Development of People Committee.
She attended Duke University, Colorado College, Indiana University, and Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and holds degrees in English, theology, and religious education. A Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate, Betsy was also awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award in Dallas, Texas, for her creation of The Praxis Project, a service-learning model which has been replicated at over 100 campuses across the country. In 1996, just before moving to her current position at Duke, she was named Outstanding Woman of New Mexico, where she taught in community colleges and in the Honors program at the University of New Mexico, served as Continuing Education Coordinator for the NM State Conference of Churches, and initiated and managed a Learn-and-Serve America grant.
A wife and mother of three grown children, Betsy has "learned by doing" the delicate balancing of commitments to family, career, civic, and personal life and enjoys engaging with Duke students in the "Women as Leaders" course she teaches.
Professor of the Practice,
Public Policy Studies and Sociology
Tony Brown joined the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy's
faculty as a Professor of the Practice in 1994. He was the recipient
of the Howard Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award for undergraduate
teaching excellence in 1997. Tony received a Bachelor in Arts in
political science from the University of Connecticut and a Masters
in Business Administration from Harvard University.Tony had a long
career in the insurance industry and he served as the Chairman and
CEO of the Covenant Insurance Company for almost ten years. Subsequently,
he was the Vice President for External Affairs at the University
of Connecticut and the Chief Operating Officer of Credit Suisse
First Boston's Equity Division. He has been involved in community
activities throughout his career. While a number of them have been
business related, he was also very involved in his former home state
of Connecticut in the criminal justice system (including membership
on the Governor’s Commission on Prison Overcrowding), and
higher education (including membership on the Connecticut Board
of Governors for Higher Education).
Tony is a faculty member of the Hart Leadership Program in the Public Policy Institute, where he has created four courses, all of which pertain to issues of public policy, leadership, business, and community development. All of his classes require some form of community leadership project. His emerging research agenda focuses on the development of young adults as meaningful contributors to values driven commercial organizations.
Current volunteer board memberships include The Duke Divinity
School Board of Visitors and the national and local boards of Public
Allies. Tony also volunteers his time to consult nonprofit organizations,
including the Durham Public School System and Ten Thousand Villages.
Last, and certainly not least, he is involved in a variety of academic
and student-related activities on campus (including the Markets
and Management Advisory Committee and the IFC Advisory Council).
He remains involved in the business sector as a member of the board
of directors of the Trenwick Reinsurance Company and by providing
consulting services to several securities firms and insurance companies
in the New York City area. Tony's wife, Teddie, also works at the
Public Policy Institute, where her responsibilities include coordinating
his students’ communityleadership projects. Finally, as his
students know, Tony loves to cook. He and Teddie also enjoy tennis
Leadership, Development, and Organizations (PPS146), Public-Private Leadership (PPS138s), Business Leadership, Social Responsibility, and Public Policy (PPS139s), and Enterprising Leadership (PPS196s).
Assistant Director for Programs , International House
Cloe was born in Verona, Italy and moved to the United States as a young girl. Her bi-cultural, bi-lingual and bi-religious upbringing catalyzed her love of travel, learning about different cultures and fostering tolerance and cross-cultural understanding. She has studied, lived and worked abroad in various locations including the Dominican Republic, Chile, Namibia and, most recently, Armenia. While in Armenia, Cloe conducted research for her Master's thesis, focused on the role of Armenian women as peace-builders since the end of the Soviet era. Her work in the US has included numerous intercultural awareness and social change positions, such as: program associate for the CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures) Summer Institute in Vermont, and as a workshop facilitator in the areas of Global Issues and dialogue and peace building at the Global Youth Village in Virginia. If there is salsa music playing you are bound to find Cloe dancing along, not to mention that she has been known to throw quite a dinner party. Cloe and her husband Nick are excited to call Durham their new home and she is excited to be part of International House. Now that she has moved to the south she hopes to get the scooter in working order. . . So look for the red Vespa at IHouse and make sure to stop by and say ciao!
We would like to thank our partners for their tremendous support in making this program possible.
Office of Vice Provost for International Affairs
Office of Study Abroad
Scholarship with a Civic Mission
Community Service Center
Enterprising Leadership Incubator
Hart Leadership Program
MTVU/Youth Venture Grant