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TOWA R D A B E T T E R

World

Camille Wang,
a Cornell
University student,
interviews a
patient with the
help of a local
translator in
Tamale, Ghana,
during a Unite for
Sight internship.

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practical exercises, working with prosecutors, judges,
and other officials.
Gaskins says the experience has a profound impact
on the undergraduates who take part in the program.
"It really is life changing for many of them. The problem
is what to do with it when they go back home. Human
rights is not an easy career to establish."
David Benger, who did his practicum on a trial team
with the International Criminal Court and is currently
working as an investigative analyst with the New York
District Attorney's Office, says of his experience in The
Hague, "I underestimated how big a role it would play in
my time there and ultimately my future."
Along with typical student tasks such as copying and
scanning documents, Benger worked on a defense team
and interviewed some trial witnesses, finding "tremendous inconsistencies in their stories."
Benger graduated from Brandeis in 2014 with a degree
in political science and Russian studies, and in the fall he's
heading to Tsinghua University in Beijing as part of the
new Schwarzman Scholars program. More than 3,000
students from around the world applied to the program
and just 111 were admitted. The aim of the Schwarzman Scholars program is to have the students impact the
world in a positive way. When he completes the program,
Benger will graduate with a master's degree in international affairs and then wants to enroll in law school in the
United States.
Benger, whose parents were Soviet refugees, says, "I've
always wanted to do something that helps people who get
an unfair shake get a fair chance in the world."
Through his work he wants to "feel good about what I
do every day and feel like I have an impact on the world."

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Jamen Rose Garcia, who did two stints in Ghana with
Unite for Sight, which works to help provide eye care
for millions of people worldwide, also relishes pursuing
projects that have a positive impact, wherever they may
be in the world. "Find what your passion is, then find an
organization to fit that," she says.
Garcia, who graduated from the University of California-Los Angeles, in 2013, developed her passion for eye
care after her father went blind after he suffered a stroke
while she was in high school.
Garcia, who majored in Chicano studies with a minor
in labor and workplace studies, first spent three weeks in
Ghana as a Global Impact Fellow with Unite for Sight as
a junior. She then returned for 10 months after she graduated, based in Kumasi and Tamlae, Ghana.
During her time in Ghana, Garcia assisted a local ophthalmologist who received support from Unite for Sight
and would travel to villages throughout the region, providing free eye screenings and doing surgeries as needed.
In those areas, Garcia learned "there's a lot of fear and
misconceptions about doctors and going for surgery."
She was impressed with the Unite for Sight model,
which helps provide support for local ophthalmologists
so they can then spend time assisting those in need. "Sustainable eye care is something they're (Unite for Sight) so
adamant about," Garcia says. "I love that you're working
with local doctors and really trying to make it so we don't
have to be there anymore."
During her extended stay in Ghana, she lived with the
ophthalmologist and his family. "I'm so glad I went back
for that long. I got to figure out that that is the kind of life
I'd be able to live," says Garcia, who is now applying for
admission to a master's degree program in global health
and then wants to continue on to medical school.
Despite the cultural differences between Garcia and
the people she worked with in Ghana, "it's our humanity
we can connect on."
Unite for Sight, which was founded in 2000, was the
vision of Jennifer Staple-Clark, who was then a sophomore
at Yale University. She had spent the summer after her
freshman year working for a Connecticut ophthalmologist.
During that time she learned that people who didn't receive
proper eye care were going blind because of glaucoma.
That experience inspired Staple-Clark to launch Unite
for Sight as a student organization designed to promote
proper eye care. The group would go to libraries and soup
kitchens around New Haven to educate patrons about the
importance of taking care of their eyes, and informing them
about where they could go to receive free or low-cost care.

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Toward a Better World
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The University of Virginia Seeks to Emulate Its Founder
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