Congratulations to the 2013-14 Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship Recipients!

Congratulations to the 2013-14 Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship Recipients!

Each year, the Burkle Center awards scholarships to outstanding minority graduate students who demonstrate financial need, leadership skills and academic achievement, and whose research interests relate to globalization and international relations.

2013-14 Scholarship Recipients

Ali Hamdan

Ali is from a small town in rural Massachusetts. He was born to an American mother and Lebanese father, who had left Lebanon to avoid the sectarian violence of the brutal civil war that engulfed the country in 1975. As a child traveling to Lebanon to visit relatives, he was captivated by both the violence that had torn apart this small country and the resilience people showed in the face of struggle. After years of academic soul-searching, it took an internship with an NGO based in Zahle, Lebanon to remind him that this was to define his career trajectory. In Zahle, Ali worked on projects to help de-radicalize Lebanese youth in the Bekaa Valley, and during this project a lot of questions arose and pushed him to study sectarian conflict in Lebanon. His dissertation now focuses on the diffusion of sectarian violence from Syria into neighboring countries, specifically Jordan.

Jasmine Phillips

Jasmine is a law student at UCLA School of Law (c/o 2015) in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy and the Critical Race Studies Specialization. Her research interests focus on the intersections of race, gender, and incarceration in a domestic and global context. She is spending summer 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa studying comparative constitutional law and advanced immigration law and interning with the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services. She will also be interning in New York with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF). She aspires to be a civil and human rights attorney and a professor under the umbrella of international human rights and critical race theory.

Sandeep Prasanna

Sandeep is pursuing a joint degree in law (J.D.) and public policy (M.P.P. in Global Public Affairs) at the UCLA School of Law and the Luskin School of Public Affairs. From 2013 to 2014, Sandeep served as Editor-in-Chief of Volume 18 of the UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs, and directed the journal's symposium in the spring of 2013. He co-founded and is a current student co-director of the UCLA International Justice Project, which pairs law students with foreign human rights NGOs in need of research aid. He has directed student trips to Tucson, Arizona, to provide legal research aid on U.S.-Mexico border issues and has completed internships or projects in The Hague, Johannesburg, and eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sandeep intends to pursue a career in international human rights law, focusing in particular on legal institutions in conflict and post-conflict regions.