Kelly Casey ’13, of Wethersfield, Conn., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Nepal where she will teach English to elementary and middle school students in Nepal during the 2013-14 academic year.
Casey, an English major with a peace and conflict studies concentration in the College Honors Program, has long been interested in building community and learning about the wider world. She has explored different human rights issues through campus involvement, her thesis on human trafficking and working with nonprofits.
“I am excited to learn as much as I can from the rich and diverse culture in Nepal, and hope to form relationships with my students, their families, and truly become part of their community,” she said
After returning from Nepal, she hopes to enter a graduate program for international development, and focus on women’s rights, education or human trafficking. Other plans include possibly studying law, teaching, or working for an international organization that focuses on human rights issues.
At Holy Cross, Casey was a resident assistant, executive board member for Peace Around the World, chair of the Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and a tutor at African Community Education through Student Programs for Urban Development.
Each year approximately 1,700 U.S. college students are awarded grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange, awards grants to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Since the program’s inception in 1946, more than 300,000 participants — selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential — have had the opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic and cultural institutions. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.