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Circumnavigators Flag in Place 1: Chicago

Circumnavigators Flag in Place 1: Chicago

A Social Policy and International Studies major at Northwestern, Meixi began working and volunteering in the slums of India at 11 and then continued to work in Myanmar, Thailand, India and Cambodia on education in various slum communities and educational settings for children living in the red light district areas. She also worked with Evanston Township High School to create a service-learning curriculum for the teachers at the high school. She also co-founded The Amber Initiative, an organization dedicated to building a movement for youth in Southeast Asia. Meixi has been at the forefront of leading youths in various movements and conferences in the region. Meixi worked with the UN Interagency Project on Human Trafficking in Thailand and was selected to be a delegate at the Global Engagement Summit for social entrepreneurs and the 5th UN Youth Assembly for the Millennium Development Goals.

On campus, Meixi co-founded the Northwestern Engagement Coalition and initiated the Northwestern World Cup to celebrate the diversity on campus. She was also elected to officer positions in the Undergraduate Priorities Committee and the Ballroom Latin American Swing Thing (BLAST) dance group. She is a Senior Community Assistant in the Freshmen Quad and tutors frequently at the Jonquil Hotel and Centro Romero in Chicago. Meixi was also selected to be Goldman Sachs Global Leader in 2009. She is excited to look at schools as tools that can transform educational spaces into catalysts for change in individuals and communities.

Meixi is from the sunny island of Singapore and cannot wait to into the world, to countries and continents she has only read in books. It has been such a huge honor to receive this grant from the Circumnavigators Club of Chicago- it’s a dream come true.

Itinerary:

  • Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, Miguel Angel Asturias Academy (Monday, June 21- Sunday, July 11)
  • Lima, Perú, Fe Y Alegria (Sunday, July 11- Tuesday, July 27)
  • Singapore, Northlight School (Thursday, July 29- Saturday, August 7)
  • Chiang Rai, Thailand, Institute for Women (Saturday, August 7- Monday, August 16)
  • Tema, Ghana, SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College (Monday, August 16 – Wednesday, August 25)
  • Paris, France, (Wednesday, August 25- Sunday, September 5)

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