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Koret Fellowship Program

Jonathan Herrera

Political Science & Philosophy major, Class of 2020

The immersion group will spend a week in Mumbai learning from and accompanying communities with little access to wealth, power and privilege. Some activities will include volunteering at a residential hospital run by the Sisters of Charity, doing home-stays with students from the Jesuit Engineering College, engaging with adolescents at a Jesuit residential program for street kids, visiting a women’s college to learn about the reality of gender violence and inequality, visiting a hindu temple and a mosque. During the first week Professor Shoba Krishnan will lead the group along with students from Xavier Institute of Engineering in a community needs assessment in Dahravi, Asia's largest slum. For this portion of the trip, the group will stay at Vinyalaya, a Jesuit retreat house in the city.

Because of my strong passion for social justice issues in my community, I have a responsibility to use my education to create a positive outcome for my community. Throughout my high school years, I have been able to complete different weeklong service projects, each one focusing on a specific social justice issue: refugees and homelessness. I’m motivated for this immersion trip because I want to expand my knowledge on the issues and deepen my experience with other cultures, which helps advance my future working in the State Department. This allows me to have one on one experience internationally.