Seevak Human Rights and Social Justice Summer Fellowship

Seevak Fellowship

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, 'Is it expedient?' And then expedience comes along and asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' Conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Oxfam America - Climate Change

Oxfam America, the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam International, is a world leader in the fight against global poverty, hunger, and social injustice. Oxfam remains committed to community-based work, but it knows there are larger barriers that keep people from thriving. Through their campaigns, they challenge laws and policies that reinforce poverty. This placement is with Oxfam’s U.S. Regional Office Team.

For more information see: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/whatwedo/where_we_work/united_states/us-gulf-coast-recovery

Proposed responsibilities include:

  • supporting coordination of possible public events commemorating the 4 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
  • coordinating internal office events to coincide with the 4 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – i.e. a Katrina film fest, an educational lunch program, a briefing on the state of the region 4 years later etc.
  • researching updated figures on housing and recovery along the Gulf Coast including how many people are back in homes, in FEMA trailers, etc.
  • creating a database of potential funders for partners and program work (includes training on fundraising software)
  • creating a newsletter of new reports, conferences and research on climate change
  • doing computer research on climate change adaptation and green jobs in the Southern U.S.
  • possible research for Oxfam’s Decent Work program
  • possible research around a Gulf Coast volunteer database which would include an updated list of organizations who are still taking volunteers, the type of work needed, the time periods/skill set required/whether housing is provided
  • other responsibilities as agreed upon with your mentor