2019-20 Fulbright Fellows

Dana Alimena ’19, an Organizational Studies major, has been awarded a Fulbright to teach English in Peru. She has an International Diploma in English Language Teaching, as well as a wealth of experience teaching English in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Chile and Costa Rica. Dana uses her creativity to construct lesson plans that incorporate the students’ interests. Outside the classroom, she would like to join a local women’s rugby club and create a rugby start-up program for children. Her future plans are to continue teaching English long-term, possibly even in Peru.

Hannah Chiu ’19, an environmental analysis major, has been awarded a Fulbright to teach English in Taiwan. She plans to use her previous experience teaching English in Costa Rica via visual learning strategies to her students in Taiwan. Hannah also plans to engage students through sports, such as soccer. She also hopes to share her passion for photography with the community. Future plans upon return to the US include continuing to teach ESL.

Nicolas Lopez Casertano ’19, an international and intercultural studies and Spanish double major, has been awarded a Fulbright to teach English in Brazil. He plans to draw upon his experiences as an English language learner to develop creative grammatical and structural concepts in the classroom. Outside the classroom, Lopez Casertano plans on hosting community bike repair workshops drawing from his experience working with the Green Bike Program at Pitzer. He is an MMUF fellow at Pitzer. After returning from the Fulbright, he plans to pursue a PhD in the field of international education or education.

Noemi Delgado ’19, a double major in psychology and Spanish language & cultures, has received a Fulbright to El Salvador to research maternal health and the impact of midwives, particularly in rural communities. Midwives are largely excluded from the formal healthcare system. Community engagement will include accompanying midwives to their prenatal checks. In addition, Delgado will teach sexual health and gender discrimination, continuing work she did in the summer of 2018. Her future plans are to attend graduate school in a public health program and to practice as a doula.

Madeline Gould ’19

Madeline Gould ’19, a sociology and organizational studies double major, is the recipient of an English Teaching Fulbright to Malaysia, where she will use a teaching approach grounded in reciprocity and mutual learning. Gould has eight years of experience as a teacher in various capacities in the US and abroad. Outside the classroom, she hopes to lead workshops in dance and sports, depending on the interest of the students at the school to which she is assigned. Her plans for the future include attending graduate school for international human rights, and ultimately work for United Nations Women.

Molly HIckey ’17

Molly Hickey ’17, an International Political Economy and Middle East/North Africa Studies major, has received a research Fulbright to Jordan. The title of her project is “The Jordan Model: Aligning the Jordan Compact with Labor Market Incentives.” Molly hopes to engage with Basmitak Hat’alim, a local organization that helps inform the future of Syrian refugee resettlement in Jordan and beyond. Her future aspirations include pursuing a PhD in Middle Eastern politics and work to improve evidence-based humanitarian policy.

Mason Polk '19
Mason Polk ’19

Mason Polk ’19, a media studies major, has been awarded a Fulbright to Taiwan where he will teach English. He hopes to bring his gift of mentorship and teaching to Taiwanese communities, by immersing young students in a holistic, culturally informative and practical classroom environment. When not in the classroom, Polk plans to teach screenwriting and filmmaking workshops to the community. Future plans include a career in community education in the arts to empower marginalized communities.

Lena-Phuong Tran ’18, a linguistics and cognitive science major, has been awarded a Fulbright to Vietnam where she will teach English. She plans to implement a meaningful language learning curriculum that explores topics related to identity and culture through collaborative learning. When not engaged with teaching, Tran wants to organize food exchanges that will celebrate food as a vehicle for storytelling. Upon her return from her Fulbright year, Tran plans to pursue a master’s in human-centered design with an emphasis on design for social change.

Sujay Singh ’19, a neuroscience major, is the recipient of a Fulbright to Indonesia as an English teaching assistant. He plans to use a community health centered approach to teaching by focusing on personal and mental health. Sujay would also like to integrate his love for singing, songwriting and piano playing into language accessibility, both inside and outside the classroom. In addition, he would like to volunteer at local health clinics and work with local HIV/AIDS advocates. Upon completion of the Fulbright, Sujay plans to apply to medical school in an MD/PhD or DO/PhD program.

Whitney Wagner '19
Whitney Wagner ’19

Whitney Wagner ’19, an international and intercultural studies and Spanish double major, is the recipient of a Fulbright to teach English in Brazil. In her previous ESL experience, Wagner’s pedagogy included engaging students in analysis of news events and storytelling. Outside the classroom, she plans to create an oral storytelling workshop that will be recorded and transformed into a podcast series. In the future, Wagner plans to study international law, pursue a PhD in international affairs or pursue a masters of foreign service in hopes of working for the State Department.