|Talking to the kids about their experiences growing up in their communities|
Global citizenship is a keystone of Macalester education and I, like many students here, strive to connect this idea of global citizenship to my academic endeavors and other engagements on campus. When I graduate, one thing is for certain: I want to leave a lasting impact on the global community and make the world a better place for those who are marginalized in our world. I hope to work in the area of global health in the future and am particularly interested in pursuing a career exploring the intersection between global health and women’s empowerment. I’ve been passionate about women’s empowerment for a very long time, and growing up partly in India only stoked that fervor.
When I discovered the Live It! Fund at Macalester, I was thrilled. The Live It! Fund, which is part of the college’s Institute of Global Citizenship, funds student-led projects that fulfill our personal ideals of global citizenship. My project, “In Praise of a Goddess,” was a great way for me to channel some of the frustrations I had growing up as a girl in India. Those frustrations included not being able to talk openly and proudly to anyone beyond my immediate family about the challenges I was facing during the arduous task of growing up.When I pitched my project to the IGC student council, I hoped my project would empower young women from my community to openly discuss sensitive topics like menstruation and empowerment. I believed that having healthy conversations about these critical issues would expose the multitude of prejudices and misinformation these girls are faced with, and allow us to together propose applicable solutions to correct those misperceptions.
|Outside the Ramagondanahalli Government School, Bangalore, India|
|L: Inside the classroom; R: the hallway|
|On the last day, the kids showed me a small dance they had been practicing|
|L: Dream Day - Vidyashree shares that she wants to be a doctor; R: In conversation with our translator|
|L: Teaching the girls how to sing 'I am Woman'; R: A note in a journal that I gave the girls|
|The class I worked with!|
|Drinking some cold coconut water on a hot Indian day!|
—Shruthi Kamisetty ’16