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EUS Student Wins Davis Projects for Peace Award

$10,000 to bring healthcare to rural Oaxaca, Mexico
EUS Student Wins Davis Projects for Peace Award
An EUS student and her fellow Bard student have won a 2015 Davis Projects for Peace Award, which will provide $10,000 in funding. EUS student Zoe Kasperzyk ’15 (from Seattle, Washington) and Julia Vunderink ’15 (from Austin, Texas) have won a Davis grant for their project, “Breaking Barriers: Health Services to Rural Indigenous Communities,” to facilitate collaboration between urban health clinics and rural indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico.

In collaboration with Fundación En Vía, an Oaxacan organization dedicated to improving the lives of impoverished women, their project will bring healthcare representatives and other resources to rural village centers, where basic health classes will be offered to local women. Workshops will include water purification, basic hygiene, family planning, pregnancy complications, nutrition, prevention of communicable diseases, response to domestic accidents, and indoor air pollution. Congratulations Zoe and Julia!

To read more about Zoe's project and the Davis Projects for Peace, click HERE!

In 2014 EUS student Lia Soorenian won a Davis Projects for Peace award. Read more HERE.

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Both biogeophysical systems and human societies (cultures, economies, political regimes) are nested complex systems involving numerous interactions. Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) is a transdisciplinary program that examines the interdependence of human societies and the physical environment. The program strives to ensure that majors have a solid background in the physical sciences, the humanities, and economics and policy--and understand what sustainability means in the real world. We aim to enhance students' understanding of the complexities of environmental and urban issues and their awareness of interrelationships between built and "natural" environments.