Bridging the Global Gap

Melissa Fischer ’05 has been awarded the 2004 Summer Internship for Conflict Resolution. Sponsored by Margaret Towne D’Albert ’54, the internship stipend of $3,000 is given to a student who will work for a summer with an organization dedicated to peace and conflict resolution.

An economics and social justice studies major, Fischer is currently abroad with Pilgrimage for Reconciliation through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Her travels will take her to Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Germany to witness areas of ethnic and racial conflict and hear first-person accounts of conflict resolution-strategy, tactics employed, and lessons learned-in order to formulate global, national, and regional pcacemaking models. She also will work on a viable and immediate plan to implementa at Scripps in light of racial tension spawned by last spring’s series of incidents.

Fischer’s hope is to “use this journey to gain deeper understanding of interpersonal conflict and ways to bring people together across cultural and religlous differences. I hope to listen well and find connections between the different ways people are trying to bring peace and form alliances.”

A recipient of both the James W. Gould Scholarship in International Relations and the Nancy Freeman ’58 and Normand Townsend Ellett Memorial Scholarship, Fisher will remain abroad for six weeks, working eight hours a day. Upon her return in fall 2004, she will present a comprehensive report on her experience to the Scripps community.