The ’07 Columbia S.O.W. team is comprised of six Columbia University undergraduate students:

Liz is a graduating senior of Barnard College. Her major is American Studies with a concentration in Urban Studies and African American Studies. She is originally from Seattle, Washington. She studied in South Africa, based primarily out of Cape Town, from February until May of 2006, and then continued to travel on her own for another month. She has also traveled in Europe and Central America. She is eager to return to Africa.

Bryan is a graduating Columbia College senior from Fresno, California. He is majoring in English and also completing the creative writing program. Tanzania will mark his second S.O.W. trip – last year he was the group’s photographer. He is also interested in filmmaking.

Sarah H. is originally from Belmont, Massachusetts and graduates this spring from Columbia College with a degree in English. After spending a semester abroad in South Africa, she got interested in media studies, and in particular looking at the way that youth are targeted by and portrayed in the global media. She is excited to be involved in this project to learn from people living and working in a place so unlike where she comes from. But she is most excited to experience first-hand the challenges of documentary film making and explore ways thatit can be used to carefully and self-reflexively by American college students to portray a community organization in Tanzania. Her hope is that our video will be a useful tool for connecting the organizations we visit to the resources they need to continue to grow and thrive.

Will is a sophomore history major in Columbia College. He is from Hyattsville, Maryland and went to high school in Washington, DC. Interests include filmmaking, travel, international law, and writing. He looks forward to a great trip.

Sara B. is a junior at Barnard College with a combined major in Political Science and Human Rights and a minor in English. A native of Olney, Maryland, Sara hopes to one day promote the nobility and promise of the law as an international human rights lawyer. Currently, Sara is an intern for the Earth Institute at Columbia University. After graduating a semester early this coming winter, she plans on serving with the Peace Corps for the required 27 months before attending law school.

Gilli will be a sophomore this fall at Barnard College. A native of Los Angeles, she plans on pursuing a major in Anthropology or English and a minor in French. Gilli has an affinity for foreign languages, and is fluent in Hebrew and and hopefully someday will be fluent in French. Gilli’s interests range from languages, travelling, and foreign relations to theatre, voice, and dance, all of which she has studied for many years.

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S.O.W.

Students of the World, an organization conceived by college students and led by students, is devoted to spreading awareness about social justice issues through documentary work. In particular, we focus on non-governmental organizations affecting change in the international community.

Summer ’07

This June, the Columbia team will travel to Tanzania, where we will study two Africare-partnered organizations. The Community-Based Orphan Care, Protection and Empowerment (COPE) Project seeks to increase the community's ability to provide support and care for vulnerable children. The Kilimanjaro Landscape Conservation Partnership (KLCPP) aims to preserve both the communities of Kilimanjaro and its natural attributes.

Summer ’06

Last summer, the Columbia team - in its inaugural SOW trip - traveled with Brown to Ethiopia, where we studied the HIV/AIDS testing and treatment sites of the African Services Committee. For photographs from that trip, please click the "Photos" tab at the top of the page.
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