Today, we introduce another new member of the HHSP team! Katrina is our human rights research intern. Katrina Saphrey is from Chesterfield Virginia, but is currently living in Richmond, as she completes her undergraduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is a senior majoring in Biology and double minoring in Chemistry and Spanish. Katrina is looking forward to graduating this May. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to earn a master's degree in Public Health. Following graduate school, she hopes to continue her academic career and attend medical school in hopes of becoming a family physician and community-based health care advocate. Some day, Katrina aspires to open a free- medical clinic in Honduras (where her parents are from) and expanding to serving other small countries.
In her free time she likes to Salsa dance at different local Salsa hotspots. She also enjoys traveling. Last March, she participated in a VCU Alternative Spring Break program in Negril, Jamaica. As part of this global health initiative, she volunteered as a health education workshop leader at local primary schools and led health fairs in the community. In December 2015 she went to Honduras as well. Katrina works at VCU Health (MCV) as a care partner assisting nurses in caring for patients. She is also an inaugural member of VCU Globe. She is looking forward to gaining research experience and a greater understanding of the refugee crisis and human rights concerns of the impacted individuals.
This week I want to highlight the work of National Geographic's Photo Camp. The project teaches people in underdeveloped areas about photography. Usually, the South Sudanese people living in chaos in Juba would be subjects of photojournalists, but now they are the students and can be the artists.
This past Saturday evening, we were invited to celebrate the group of about 30 inspirational young people from around Africa, who were brought to Virginia Commonwealth University here in Richmond under The Mandela Washington Fellowship. This fantastic program, "begun in 2014, is the flagship program of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellowship provides 500 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution with support for professional development after they return home...