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Isaac Harvey Fund Provides Students with Travel Opportunities Related to Peace and Social Justice
(PHOTO) 2012 graduate Patrick Carroll, second from the left, poses in Geneva, Switzerland, with Quaker United Nations Organization Summer School co-participants and new friends from Rwanda, Zambia and Iran. READ ABOUT RECENT EXCURSIONS
The Fund has assisted literally hundreds of students and several faculty, most of whom have participated in the annual Spring Lobby Weekend in Washington, DC. Elsewhere in the U.S., the Isaac Harvey Fund has assisted in sending them to Philadelphia, Kansas, a chapter of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico and the Sioux Nation in North Dakota, to name a few.
Internationally, they have gone to Ethiopia, North Ireland, Peru, Nicaragua, Palestine and Israel, Japan and Switzerland. Other potential opportunities might include Africa (Kenya, Burundi, Uganda, and Rwanda) and several countries in Latin America (most of latter would require fluency in Spanish. The committee is open to considering other locations that would include a peace and social justice focus. READ ABOUT RECENT EXCURSIONS
Aside from the Washington Lobby Weekend in early spring, most of the trips occur during the summer months. The duration of the trips vary from a week to two or more months and a select few that could last for a semester of full academic year. It is possible to receive academic credit for these activities. Those going overseas would have to purchase an international passport.
Students interested in applying for travel assistance should contact a member of the Isaac Harvey Fund Committee, which is comprised of Ruth Brindle Dobyns, curator of the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center; Dan Kasztelan, campus minister; Michael Snarr, professor of social and political studies; or Neil Snarr, emeritus professor of sociology.
(ABOVE RIGHT) Audrey Ingram participates in the Friends Committee on National Legislation Spring Lobby Weekend. (BELOW, FROM THE LEFT) Rachel Kent works in Israel/Palestine, Kristen Finkbeiner visits Nicaragua, and Amanda Toney and Emmy Lakes meet some special friends in Northern Ireland.
POTENTIAL QUAKER PROGRAMS/ACTIVITIES SUPPORTED BY THE ISAAC HARVEY FUND
The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations': Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship in the nation's capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cultural encounters designed to provide interns with a rich and varied experience during their time in Washington.
African Great Lakes Initiative: Friends Peace Teams: Participate in work camps in
Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda, the area of the massive genocide in 1996. Work camps are shared with local residents and are generally four weeks long, focused on rebuilding houses and lives.
Casa de los Amigos: Mexico City: There are multiple opportunities for full and part time volunteer work at this Quaker hospitality center in downtown Mexico City. Fluency in Spanish is required and the length of time varies, but is most of a year. The work is in the hospitality center or with a variety of groups in serious need, both local and international.
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT): This project of the Mennonite Church, Church of the Brethren, Friends United Meeting (Quaker), and other religious groups arranges for short term delegations (two weeks) and longer term assignments in several countries including Palestine (with visits to both Palestinian and Israeli peace and justice groups), Colombia and Iraq. The purpose is to acquaint you with the source of conflict and meet the people affected.
Corrymeela Community in North Ireland: Families affected by the violence between Catholics and Protestants come to this Christian community center whose objective is the promotion of reconciliation and peace-building through the healing of social, religious, and political divisions in Northern Ireland. The length of time for assignments varies.
Friends Committee on National Legislation (Washington DC): FCNL is the oldest and largest religious peace and justice lobby in DC. Learn about issues of peace and justice as well as how to lobby your congressional representatives during Spring Lobby Weekend, a weekend program in March of each year for students, both Quaker and non-Quaker. Year-long internships are also available.
Friends United Meeting Work Camps: FUM facilitates occasional work camps in Palestine, Jamaica, Kenya, Belize, Cuba, and Jamaica. Camps are generally two weeks long and focus on building facilities which serve youth and possibly tutoring very poor students.
Holy Land Trust: Bethlehem, West Bank – Palestine: Various opportunities exist for either one or two months, living with Palestinian families and learning about Palestinian culture and the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Plans include visits to important religious and historic sites as well as learning some Arabic.
Non-Violence International: Washington, DC: At this center committed to peace and justice, there are volunteer opportunities with flexible time to work with a very experienced international staff. This would mostly be office work, but volunteers would be well exposed to serious efforts to diminish conflict and violence internationally.
Project Lakota: Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota: In these one or two week work camps on the Pine Ridge Reservation, volunteers build and repair homes and learn about Native American culture. This is an unusual opportunity to learn about the many problems that Native Americans have faced for hundreds of years in our country. The program is coordinated by Brad Ogilvie of William Penn House.
ProNica: Managua, Nicaragua: ProNica sponsors one to two week programs exposing you to development projects in this very poor Central American country. Projects include a health clinic for poor pregnant women, people living in the city dump, homeless children, and young women learning a vocation.
Quaker Bolivia Link: Bolivia is one of two countries in the Western hemisphere where there are more native people and Western people. Two week and two months trips are available, working with an educational program for which Spanish is required. On this visits, you will learn about sustainable Aymara development projects such as potable water projects, greenhouses and fish culture.
Quaker House, North Ireland: Volunteers at Quaker House work with families, both Protestant and Catholic, who have been caught in the conflict between these two groups. Volunteers live on the site of this campus for various lengths of time, working with other young people from other European countries and with different ages of those who continue to face the prejudice in their home neighborhoods.
Quaker United Nations Summers School: Spend two weeks in Geneva, Switzerland, and learn about United Nations offices and other international organizations. Primarily sponsored by British Quakers, there is a staff of Quakers working there and dealing with a variety of human rights and conflict issues. Geneva is a very international, safe and interesting city. The 25 participants must be between 20 and 25 years of age and will come from many different countries.
William Penn House: Washington, DC: This is a Quaker hospitality center that serves those coming to DC on issues related to peace and social justice. Year-long internships working in the center are available.
Young Adult Leadership Development: Pendle Hill, PA: This six-day program is described as a conference on ministry, earthcare, and social action. Open only to Quaker students, it is an excellent opportunity to learn a great deal about other variety of Quakers and their backgrounds.
Isaac Harvey Fund Newsletters
Fall 2012 — Report on the 2011-12 Academic Year
Fall 2011 — Report on the 2010-11 Academic Year
Fall 2008 — Report on the 2007-08 Academic Year
Fall 2007 — Report on the 2006-07 Academic Year
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Who Was Isaac Harvey?
(LEFT) This statue of Isaac and Sarah Harvey stands on Wilmington College's campus as a reminder of how individuals can effect change for peace and social justice.
“And unhitching my plow, I went at once to the house and said to mother, ‘Wilt thou go to Washington with me to see the president?’ ‘Who sends thee?’ she asked. ‘The Lord,’ I answered.”
Shortly after the couple’s visit to Washington D.C., on Sept. 22, 1862, Lincoln presented a draft of the Emancipation
Proclamation to his cabinet — and the rest is history.
That legacy of Americans expressing their concerns with their elected officials is a national hallmark of democracy and representative government. Local persons lobbying elected officials did by no means end with Isaac and Sarah Harvey in 1862.
Quakers — and Wilmington College students — are still going to Washington to try to influence national legislation and the administration’s policy on behalf of peace and social justice. Each spring, the Friends Committee on National Legislation hosts students from Wilmington and other colleges in an intensive workshop on learning to lobby. The experience continues with the students meeting with legislators and their staffs while they are in Washington.
The spirit of Isaac Harvey is alive at Wilmington College and his legacy continues with this special fund that assists in covering many students' educational travel expenses.