Research and Service Funding for GELS members
GELS members are often invited to apply for a grant from the Inamori Center to help fund an experiential learning project. These projects have typically involved travel that relates to a student's development as an ethical leader and a responsible global citizen.
Most recently funded projects:
- Feyi Rufai served as a Third Federal Ethics Fellow at Invest in Children and helped organize and analyze the racial justice components of proposals from Pre-Kindergarten programs.
- Mai Segawa created an activity for University Hospitals child craniofacial patients to help introduce ethics and living with purpose and serves as an introduction to goal setting and personal values.
- Annie Du volunteered and raised funds and supply donations with Give Essential and facilitated matches between essential workers and donors. She also developed support for Lotus House, Inc., a women’s shelter located in Miami, Florida that shelters over 500 women, youth, and children every night and over 1000 annually.
- Grace Zhang was able to expand Phone-A-Friend endeavors in Indianapolis to provide social relief for the elderly via bi-weekly phone calls, grocery runs, and prescription pick-ups to include monthly book clubs, newsletters, and holiday presents.
- Salma Shire addressed the glaring disparity in educational access by holding Health Education Sessions on COVID-19 for middle school students in Southern, Ohio with a focus on communities with Somalian refugees.
- Elise Travis created an IRB-approved research survey to study awareness of student mental health allowing her to join the statewide conversation on mental health during the pandemic.
Some previously funded projects examples:
- Zach Kloos raised money to build a kindergarten in Nepal, then was able to travel there, personally help with the building, and attend the dedication ceremony for the new school
- Cameron Macaskill journeyed to Bosnia to study their post-conflict progress towards reconciliation and to compare it to post-Apartheid South Africa
- Sabina Kumar went to India to research attitudes about poverty and access to basic health care and compare them to those in the U.S.
- Fynn MacPherson joined a National Peace Academy trip to learn conflict resolution techniques at the Peace University in Costa Rica