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Having a double major was important to me because it captured a clearer picture of how I spent my time at RIT. Some of my favorite classes were: Immigration in the U.S.; Writing about Society & Culture, where I came to better understand the social construction of race in the United States; and Wicked Problems, where for the entire semester our subject was the current world water crisis. We used a human system’s design approach, which considered empathy for all stakeholders involved. I liked this approach because it included qualitative and quantitative research approaches that I had learned in my anthropology methods courses.
In 2016, I participated in the Gandhi Service Fellowship program at The Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. As a Gandhi Fellow, I addressed the power of educating girls, globally and locally, since girls’ education is associated with reduced levels of violence and poverty. I hosted a free community screening of “Girl Rising,” which tells the stories of nine girls from around the world who had to overcome tremendous social and cultural obstacles to their education. It was powerful.
In 2017, I joined AmeriCorps, serving in the Rochester City School District. I am working at Enrico Fermi School 17, assisting the students and establishing trust. I chose AmeriCorps because I believe the Rochester community has a responsibility to help alleviate any student’s heavy burden by understanding how trauma without compassion will lead to increased violence in our city.
Read the news story about when Janine Burge was selected as a M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence fellow.
Janine was interviewed about her fellowship work.
Update: In 2018, Janine will begin a Masters in Education program at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Double major: Sociology & Anthropology and Individualized Studies