We're delighted to report that Francis Ramoin (French & International Studies major), was recently selected as a Bonderman Travel Fellow for 2012-2013.
The Bonderman Travel Fellowship offers University of Washington graduate students (including those in the Law and Business Schools and other graduate and professional programs) and undergraduate students in the University Honors Program (Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors) and in UW Tacoma’s Global Honors Program an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad. Each Bonderman Fellow will receive a $20,000 award for travel. By accepting the award Fellows must commit to travel independently for eight or more months, exploring six or more countries in two or more major regions of the world.
Are the forces of development incompatible with the preservation of cultural and ethnic identity? Ramoin seeks to understand how bottom-up indigenous development cooperatives are allowing for the empowerment of their communities while still preserving native culture. He is excited to immerse himself in indigenous societies by participating in their traditional pastimes, games and sporting events, and exploring how the preservation of their heritage works to strengthen civil-society organizations. His travels will take him from India and Nepal, to Southeast Asia, and finally end in Latin America.
Congratulations and safe travels, Francis!