Sofya Leonova

Originally from Russia, Sofya graduated from the University of Chicago in 2008 with a degree in environmental studies.  She has conducted research on the intersection of environmental, health, and poverty issues at Chicago’s Field Museum, studied conservation and natural resource management in Brazil, and researched the potential for environmental initiatives … Read more


Eileen Hyde

A native Vermonter, Eileen graduated with high honors from DePaul University in 2007 with a degree in international studies and a minor in community service.  She studied sustainable development and social change in Central America, completed a thesis on citizen participation in economic and development policy, and worked on a … Read more

Mickey Hubbard

Originally from Gainesville, Georgia, Mickey graduated from Davidson College in 2008 with a degree in political science.  He served as a Bonner Scholar, led alternative break trips, volunteered with Crisis Assistance Ministry, served as a liaison to a local community development council and researched the criminalization of homelessness at the … Read more

Eric Hoffman

Originally from Maryland, Eric earned a degree in political science and a minor in environmental studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he was a Nitze Scholar.  He was active in the Student Environmental Action Coalition, Maryland Votes, the Student Government Association, wrote his honors senior thesis on U.S. … Read more


Kayleigh Gamble

Kayleigh graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 with degrees in social policy and political science.  Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, she is fluent in Spanish and has worked in Latin America with Amigos de las Americas.  She has also conducted research in Valparaiso, Chile, worked with a housing collaborative in … Read more

Sarah Custer

Sarah graduated with honors from McGill University with a degree in international development studies and economics and a minor in political science. She has researched the impact of the bio-fuels industry on food security and held leadership positions in the Black Students Network, the Africana Program, and the Social Justice … Read more

Veronica Conti

Veronica graduated with honors in nutritional sciences from Cornell University in 2008. She was a Cornell Commitment Tradition Scholar, volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, and worked in Nicaragua teaching at a local school and volunteering at a program for pregnant women. She also wrote an honors thesis on body composition techniques, … Read more

Benjamin Bowman

Originally from Glastonbury, Connecticut, Benjamin graduated from Fordham University in 2007 with a degree in philosophy and Latin American and Latino studies. He has studied in El Salvador with the Casa de la Solidaridad program, and worked with various social justice communities, including the Grupo de Solidaridad in rural Nicaragua … Read more