Antioch's Emily Andre awarded Rotary Global Peace Fellowship

  • Rotary Peace Fellowship recipient Emily Andre marching in the 2018 Fourth of July parade alongside Rotarians in celebration of Antioch Rotary's 50th anniversary.

    Rotary Peace Fellowship recipient Emily Andre marching in the 2018 Fourth of July parade alongside Rotarians in celebration of Antioch Rotary's 50th anniversary. Courtesy of Richard Brill

 
Submitted by Richard Brill
Updated 12/2/2019 1:54 PM

Emily Andre has been selected by the Trustees of the Rotary Foundation to receive a 2020 Rotary Peace Fellowship for studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Each year, the Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master's degrees and 50 for certificate studies at one of Rotary's Peace Centers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Through academic training, practice and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Fellowship develops its fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation and all internship and field-study expenses.

Andre's involvement in Rotary first began as a high school student when she helped found the Rotary Interact Club of District 117 as a co-president representing Antioch Community High School. She graduated from Antioch as Outstanding Senior Girl in 2012 and received an Antioch Rotary Club academic scholarship to study International Studies at American University in Washington, D.C.

During her time at American, Andre was a part of the three-year Global Scholars Program and the School of Public Affairs' Leadership Program, and interned at both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

After graduating from American in 2015, she spent two years in Senegal as a Peace Corps volunteer, where she worked alongside women's gardening collectives and school gardens to promote peace and to create food-producing spaces.

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Andre is now working in the Africa department of Development Alternatives Inc. where she helps support two USAID projects in Liberia that promote increasing access to local government.

Her success in receiving a Rotary Peace Fellowship is due in large part to the many Rotarians who have supported over the years, including Jim Bradley, Jill Brickman, Lyle Staab, Mike Schwert, Kerri Gilbert, and the entire Rotary Club of Antioch.

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