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With Fulbright, CSSH student wants to fuse education and violence prevention

Fulbright fellow Ester Laaninen

Graduating senior Esther Laaninen has received a Fulbright fellowship to teach English in Colombia. She says her global experiences and teaching opportunities in communities around the world have prepared her well.

Grad­u­ating senior Esther Laaninen’s time at North­eastern has been defined by her global expe­ri­ences, teaching oppor­tu­ni­ties in com­mu­ni­ties around the world, and on– and off-​​campus activ­i­ties. Now, she’s plan­ning to har­ness what she’s learned to make the most of a Ful­bright fel­low­ship in Colombia.

I’m so excited to receive this Ful­bright,” said Laa­ninen, SSH’16, an Honors stu­dent who studied human ser­vices and inter­na­tional affairs.

Laa­ninen, who speaks Spanish, will begin her Ful­bright fel­low­ship in August at the Uni­ver­sity of Magde­lena in the city of Santa Marta, where she will lead English-​​speaking classes for uni­ver­sity stu­dents. For her Fulbright’s ser­vice project, she hopes to create a com­mu­nity pro­gram for at-​​risk chil­dren blending her drive to pre­vent youth vio­lence with her pas­sion for the arts; she’s a dancer and an avid writer.

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