Current Burch Fellows

Valentina Arismendi

Class of 2021
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Majors: Media and Journalism and English

This summer, Valentina will work with The Immigrant Story, a nonprofit storytelling organization which specializes in narrating stories about immigrants. As an immigrant herself, she will document the stories of Hispanic populations in Portland, OR and Los Angeles, CA. Her project will consist of a collection of multimedia stories to be used as qualitative research about immigrant-run small businesses.

Sebastian Elie-York

Class of 2020
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Major: Health Policy and Management; Minor: Entrepreneurship

Sebastian will use his passion for food systems and sustainability to empower the efforts of Food for Soul, a food-equity nonprofit based in Modena, Italy. He will spend 3 months in Italy researching how population growth, global warming, and globalization are impacting global food systems. His research will help guide Food for Souls’ expansion into the United States and future growth efforts.

Gabrielle Hubert

Class of 2020
Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
Majors: Public Policy and English; Minor: Vocal Music Performance

Gabby will travel to Yangon, Myanmar for two and a half months to work at the Asia Foundation developing programming and conducting research on gender disparities in experience of international development. This project will include data analysis as well as interviews with local women from various townships around Myanmar.

Elisa Kadackal

Class of 2021
Hometown: Concord, NC
Major: Global Studies; Minors: Computer Science and Information Systems

This summer, Elisa will intern in France for Shifra, an Australian organization with a namesake application designed to improve access to quality sexual and reproductive health care for refugees and migrants. Building on Shifra’s partnership with Techfugees and the French Red Cross, she will conduct research in Arabic-speaking communities in Northern France to evaluate the feasibility of replicating Shifra’s Australian success in migrant and refugee communities outside of Australia. In doing so, she hopes to better understand how technology can be leveraged to support the basic needs of migrants and refugees.

Klaus Mayr

Class of 2021
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: Geography.

Klaus participated in the Global Gap Year Fellowshi[p program prior to his first year at UNC. He is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Community Empowerment Fund and is very involved in UNC’s geography department. This summer, he will travel to Bogotá, Colombia where he will be a visiting researcher at Universidad Javeriana, studying how rural migrants have shaped the economic dynamics of certain neighborhoods in the city. He will be conducting interviews and creating maps with the communities he works with to illustrate the diverse economic practices that exist and how people are talking about them.



Meet previous Burch Fellows