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The Hart Leadership Program has announced the 2019-20 Hart Fellows.

Since 1995, the Hart Fellows Program has provided recent Duke graduates with the opportunity to partner with community-based organizations around the world for intensive, 10-month fellowships. Hart Fellows conduct research projects in collaboration with their host organizations, while simultaneously developing their own understanding of ethical leadership as they encounter and engage with the social and political complexities of their work.

Three graduating seniors were selected as this year’s Hart Fellows based on their track records as leaders on and off campus, their demonstrated capacity for thoughtful engagement to address societal challenges and their compelling project proposals.

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The 2019-2020 Hart Fellows, left to right: Elizabeth Nowlin, Luiza Perez and Amulya Vadapalli. 

Elizabeth Nowlin will spend her fellowship year in Tanzania where she is planning to work with an organization promoting sustainable and community-engaged human-wildlife conflict mitigation. While at Duke, Elizabeth focused on environmental science education and communication as part of DukeEngage Kaua’i as well as during her semester away at the Duke University Marine Lab. Elizabeth also explored her passion for wildlife conservation and human-wildlife interactions by assisting the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative grantees with their research at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia. Originally from Jacksonville, North Carolina, she will graduate from Duke in 2019 with a degree in environmental science and policy and a certificate in marine science and conservation leadership.

Luiza Perez will spend her fellowship year in São Paulo, Brazil, where she will collaborate with Fudação Onocentro de São Paulo, an organization focused promoting best-practice policies around women’s health issues. She hopes to incorporate conversations about reproductive health and cervical cancer screening into her community partner’s current programs. During her time at Duke, she was engaged in multiple research projects, ranging from studying occupational risk factors of Leishmaniasis in the Peruvian Amazon, and examining the epigenetic effects of mercury exposure, to developing sustainable ways to implement an innovative sanitation system in rural Brazil. Her honors thesis explored the link between maternal reproductive health and child health in Peru. Luiza is passionate about equitable development in Latin America and has worked on community-based projects in Uruguay, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica and Brazil. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she will graduate in May 2019 with a degree in sociology and global health.

Amulya Vadapalli will spend her fellowship year in Amman, Jordan, where she will partner with the Collateral Repair Project on its efforts to aid Yemeni refugees. At Duke, her interest in human rights and social justice drew her to write an honors thesis focused on the war in Yemen, building on her work as an intern at the Yemen Peace Project. She has previously interned at Tamkeen - Fields for Aid in Amman, Jordan (on a Service Opportunities in Leadership grant), and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. On campus, she is president of the Senior Class, captain of Lasya, Duke’s Indian classical dance team, and founded the Arabic Majors Union. Amulya, originally from New Delhi, India, will graduate in 2019, with a degree in Arabic and public policy studies.