Two Hunter College juniors, Merida Lang and Lindsey Toft, have been awarded Humanity in Action Fellowships. HIA sponsors summer fellowship programs in Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and the United States, where students study the condition of minorities in the host country and seek innovative ways to address these issues. Following the summer program, fellows may proceed to internships at various governmental and non-governmental organizations in Europe and the United States.
Lang is a member of the Thomas Hunter Honors Program, majoring in sociology with a minor in AFPRL. She is a volunteer intern with the Harlem Community Justice Center, where she works with juvenile offenders. Lang will participate in the French program in Paris.
Toft, an anthropology major, is also a member of the Thomas Hunter Honors Program. She will attend the American program in New York City and is one of six Americans who will participate in a three month internship in Berlin at a humanitarian think-tank organization, focusing on transatlantic issues in human and minority rights.
Fellows are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership ability, and demonstrated commitment to protecting the rights of vulnerable minorities. Toft and Lang were among 66 American undergraduate students selected from a national pool of students from 147 colleges and universities. More information on the program is available at: http://www.humanityinaction.org.