2016 Leadership Scholarship Recipients

Jamani "Roe" Montague 16Ox 18C
In Fall 2015, Roe recognized a need for a more sustainable learning experience at Oxford, in particular, with issues related to the environment and people of color (environmental racism), and subsequently spearheaded a student-led initiative for a more inclusive, diverse and sustainable academic curriculum. This is now recognized as the Oxford Inclusive Curriculum Initiative and is led by a committee comprised of students, professors, faculty and alumni. Roe was president of Oxford’s Black Student Alliance and Oxford Pride, the college’s LGBTQ+ organization, and is a prison advocacy coordinator for the Roots Action Education Fund. She attended the W.E.B. Dubois Scholars Institute at Princeton University and served as an aid for an assemblywoman and a youth coordinator for a mayoral candidate. Roe is from New Jersey and majoring in international studies and environmental science. Notes Catherine Chastain-Elliott, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Oxford, Roe is “a skilled activist who commits to areas in which she wishes to see change. She is most certainly destined to take on leadership roles in the area of environmental racism in the future.”
Amelia "Amy" Van Pelt 13Ox 15C 17PH
A Florida native, Amy has devoted more than 1260 hours of service locally and internationally over the past five years in her efforts to serve vulnerable individuals in difficult situations. As a Volunteer Oxford Coordinator, she helped establish a relationship between the college and an after-school program for Latino immigrants in a trailer park in Covington, Georgia. She has interned with Rotary International at a medical clinic in Ecuador and traveled to Nicaragua to facilitate educational sessions with community leaders on prevalent health issues. As director of Volunteer Emory, she has led weekly trips to the Global Village Project, a local school for refugee girls. At Rollins School of Public Health, she is co-president of the Health Organization for Latin America, with outreach to El Refugio, a hospitality house for detainees, and tutoring of local Spanish-speakers. In summer 2016 she will be heading to Zambia to participate in a Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group. According to mentor Juan Leon, Assistant Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, “Amy possesses the qualities and skills to serve as an agent for positive social change.”
Caiwei Huang 17C

Caiwei is majoring in political science and interdisciplinary studies. Born in China, where rapid industrialization increased both economic wealth and cancer death rates, she became interested in China’s sustainable development and hopes to pursue a career in law and work for Chinese renewable energy companies entering the US market.  Currently she is researching on the role of subnational government in decarbonizing China's energy sector as part of the Center for Study of Law, Politics and Economics Fellowship.  She is a research assistant at Emory University's Department of Political Science, working on the factors influencing cadre promotion in the CCP.  Caiwei is currently interning at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy and will be one of two students participating in the Political Science Department's B.A./M.A. program.  She is also a volunteer for the China Program at The Carter Center and vice president of Emory’s East Asia Collective.  In December 2015, Caiwei served as an Emory delegate to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.  Eri Saikawa, Assistant Professor, Environmental Health, notes “Caiwei’s great strength is her drive and passion.  She is one of the rare students at Emory who is both capable and is extremely dedicated.  She knows she would like to be an environmental lawyer and she works incredibly hard to get where she would like to be.” 

Luis Velasquez 18T
Luis’s personal experience has helped convince him “that theological education is vital for migrant communities because their faith is what helps them thrive in the midst of insecurity and fear.” His own family immigrated to the US from El Salvador, and he serves migrants on a weekly basis at two local churches through ESL programs, classes on computer basics and GED, and Sunday school. He is active in the Mi Familia Center in Canton, Georgia, a not-for-profit organization serving low-income migrants, and has represented the Center at national and international events. He was one of the keynote speakers at The United Methodist Church’s third National Consultation for Hispanic/Latino Ministry, which drew 250 United Methodist leaders to Duke Divinity School. As an undergrad at Reinhardt University, Luis was a leader of Aspiring Latinos Altering Society and a recipient of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials’ César Chavez Award. At Candler School of Theology, he is a member of the International Student Association and the Latin American Community at Emory. He currently serves as chaplain at the Gwinnett Medical Center. Dr. Aquiles Ernesto Martinez, Professor of Religion and Program Coordinator at Reinhardt, writes that “Investing in [Luis] is investing in the wellbeing of our churches and communities.”

Past Recipients

Lori Gosselin 16PH
Jessica Turner 16T
Viktoriya Seredyuk 15OX 17C

Lurit Bepo 16M 17PH
Jessica Hirst 15N

Kurtis Anderson 14C 15G 17L
Leia Clement 11C 15L

Uma Chidambaram 11OX 13C
Meredith Ingram 03C 12A 12PH

Marc Gross 12L
Mariangela Jordan 12C

Nicole Dubruiel 07PH 11N 16N
Betty Tereza 10OX 12B

Sacha Munro 11C
Lori Northcraft 10A 10PH