Spring 2014 Fellows

Spring 2014 Fellows









Dasha Burns is a senior at the University of California at Berkeley. She will be graduating this May with a double major in Anthropology and Media Studies, and minor in Theater. Her native tongue is Russian, as she was born in Ukraine and moved to San Diego when she was 8 years old. After learning English, she also studied Spanish. Her professional background includes experience in everything from news to activism. She interned at ABC7 News in San Francisco where she helped produce a program focusing on vital matters impacting the local community. She volunteered with WYSE (Women and Youth Supporting Each Other), helping young women with issues regarding their bodies, peers, and health. She also works with the activist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, harnessing social media and creating campaigns to combat rape and sexual violence. She is honored and excited to be working as a fellow at the United Nations Information Centre. Ultimately, she hopes to build a career working on issues of international human rights and women's health.

Alisha Patel is a senior and Archer Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a double major in Sociology Honors and Government. On the University of Texas campus, Alisha served in various capacities within Student Government, including being elected as a University Wide Representative. She also served as the President of an honorary campus spirit group and as the President of UT’s Invisible Children chapter. Her interest in foreign affairs has grown throughout her undergraduate experience including through the Roots of Social and Economic Justice program in London, England during the summer of 2012. Alisha has done independent research on the U.S., UK and global health care policy. She has served as a congressional intern for Congressman Michael McCaul and worked as a legislative research intern for Project Vote Smart. Alisha plans to attend law school after obtaining her undergraduate degree. 

Farone Rasheed is a senior at the University of Michigan, pursuing a B.S in Political Science and a program in Entrepreneurship. He has worked on congressional and mayoral election campaigns in his native New York City. He is proficient in French and, in the summer of 2011, studied in Troyes, France at the Université de Technologie de Troyes (UTT). In 2012, he returned to New York City to volunteer and distribute food and supplies as part of the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief effort on Staten Island. During the spring of 2013, Farone interned in two bilingual offices of the Canadian Parliament – in the Senate for Senator and former Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell, and in the House of Commons for MP Peter Julian. In the last year, he has also worked as a news reporter for The Michigan Daily, reporting on local stories and municipal politics in the town of Ann Arbor. After graduation in 2014, Farone plans to develop a career in international affairs and political advocacy of global issues, and to pursue a degree in law.

Ana Isabel Rodríguez Iglesias is currently pursuing her MA in Latin American Studies and a Certificate in Humanitarian Crisis at Georgetown University with a Fulbright Scholarship. This semester she is also doing a fellowship in the United Nations Association of the National Capitol Area. During the past summer she conducted a research project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the Truman Award Scholarship. She interviewed various workers and inhabitants of the slums, favelas, to assess how the preparations for the Olympics and the World Cup are affecting their lives and causing displacement. During the spring 2013 she interned at CSIS in the Americas program where she conducted research on migration in Latin America. Before coming to the US, she earned two masters degrees in Spain in International Relations and the European Union. She has worked as a researcher at the Institute for European Studies at CEU San Pablo University in Madrid coordinating the masters program and managing research projects and publications. After she finishes her studies, she wishes to continue her career within international organizations in the field of conflict resolution, humanitarian crisis, and human rights.

Madita Weise is currently pursuing an M.S. in Foreign Service with a concentration in International Development at Georgetown University. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam, including a semester at the University of Toronto, she specialized in international relations with a focus on the Middle East. She wrote her research thesis on social movements and Islamic civil society in Egypt inspired by her field experience as a journalist intern at the Center for Development Service in Cairo in the summer of 2011. Since then Madita engaged in research projects for a women’s rights organization in Israel and Palestine and she received further training in online publishing and media strategies through her engagement with Amnesty International in Morocco. She has also worked for the German Parliamentarian’s office for the Security and Foreign Affairs Committee in Berlin. After graduating in 2015, Madita plans to pursue a career in international public service.