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Rachel Sider

Rachel Sider

Founder

Empowering Voices: A Davis Project for Peace

Student Pursuing Career in International Affairs and Development at Middlebury College

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Empowering Voices: A Davis Project for Peace

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Empowering Voices, funded by the Davis Projects for Peace, brings together Syrian artists in Amman--allowing for self-expression and a way to engage Jordanian society with the nuance of the Syrian civil war. There are two short-term components of the project: (1) creation of a network of artistic agents of change among Syrian refugees (2) establishment of a public exposition--a type of community gallery--displaying the works of this network across the city.

As the founder of Empowering Voices I planned the original project and managed project logistics from concept to completion in summer 2013.
www.empowering-voices.org

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Syria Deeply

Syria Deeply on Campus Co-Founder

Syria Deeply on Campus a team of college students working to raise awareness about the Syrian refugee crisis. Since September, we have been reporting for Syria Deeply directly from the Zaatari Refugee Camp in northern Jordan. We have talked to families about their heartbreaking stories from the war, and have witnessed the bleak conditions at the camp first-hand.

In February 2012 we led a 30-day campaign called Caravan Aid and raised $15,000 to purchase temporary, winterized housing unites for the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Since then, we have lead campaigns on 30 college campuses across the country to raise awareness about the Syrian crisis.

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Middlebury College

Student Pursuing Career in International Affairs and Development

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Political and Development Intern

I planned and executed two receptions that established a Young Professionals network of 40 supporters within the DC Metro area. In addition, I contacted and mobilized supporters in 100 Congressional districts for J Street’s first “Day of Action” engaging the movement in a simultaneous call to restart negotiations for a two-state solution.

On the development side, I researched potential donors and maintained organization databases including Little Green Light (LGL) and Wealth Engine.

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New England Resource Center for Higher Education

Think-Tank Series Co-Creator and Co-Coordinator

We designed and facilitated day-long workshops investigating the relationship between community service and service politics, cultivating and maintaining leaders, and influencing college policy. Furthermore, we challenged participants to identify and address the roots of student disengagement in campus initiatives. The event brought together more than 50 students from 12 campuses in Vermont. It also prompted Middlebury’s President to reinvigorate community service on campus by launching the Center for Education in Action, led to volunteer requirements at three participating universities, and inspired leaders to serve with renewed focus and passion.

As a result of my work developing this series, I was awarded the 2011 Extraordinary Emerging Leader Award by the Dean of Middlebury College at the end of the academic year.

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Middlebury College

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), International and Global Studies; Middle East Studies; Arabic

University of Jordan

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Arabic Language and Literature