2017-2018 Global Grant Scholars

The 2017-2018 Global Grant Scholars sponsored by District 7930 Rotary Clubs are available to speak to your club about their projects and their experiences as Global Scholars.  Click here to download a contact list for this year's Scholars.  (Please note:  Due to personal contact information on this list, you need to be logged into your Clubrunner account in order to download the list.)
The past few months in Barcelona have been extremely busy! Universitat Pompeu Fabra is certainly living up to it’s reputation of being one of the best universities in Spain. This semester I am taking a wide range of classes that are providing a solid foundation of the field of Migration Studies. My current classes include: Foundations of Immigration Policy, Sources and Tools for the Analysis of Migrations, Legal Framework of Migrations, External Dimensions of Immigration Policy, and Social Psychology. In November, we started a seven-month long seminar series, where professors from all over the world come to Barcelona to speak about current debates and trends in migration. This has been the most rewarding because we are able to interact with and learn from prominent scholars and professionals to develop our individual research. In January, we will begin to develop our master’s thesis. Apart from my studies at UPF, I also attend Spanish language courses ten hours per week.
Within twenty-four hours of my arrival to Barcelona, I started to attend Rotary events in my host district, 2202. The first was the change of the board for all Rotaract Clubs in the district. This is where I was introduced to my current Rotaract Club, Barcelona Condal. What attracted me to this club in particular was that it was in the midst of rebuilding itself with just a few members but who were passionate and who embody the Rotary moto, service above self. I decided to put my eight years of experience in the Boston Rotaract Club to use and join Rotaract Barcelona Condal to help develop service projects and to develop its presence in the local community and internationally. The past few months with Barcelona Condal have been extremely rewarding. A few of our recent initiatives include:
  • A cultural dinner to honor the Mexican celebration, the Day of the Dead. We prepared traditional Mexican dishes and decorations for the event and received 25 guests. This dinner also doubled as a fundraiser where the proceeds were used for renovations in a girls’ home in Mexico City. We collaborated with a Rotaract Club there to facilitate the project on the ground in Mexico.
  • Our club volunteers at Cottolengo, a home for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities on a monthly basis. We also donated 2,000€ for supplies that help develop sensory abilities.
  • Our club continues to develop fundraisers to support two international Rotary initiatives, Life for Africa and Gambasse. Both projects support health programs in Ethiopia and Guinea Bissau respectively.