We're pleased to announce our sponsorship of Stanford undergraduate Nathan Chael, who will be a Summer Human Rights Fellow with the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights & International Justice. Chael is a junior from Albuquerque, New Mexico, majoring in philosophy with minors in mathematics and economics. This summer he'll spend nine weeks in Washington, D.C. interning at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). Chael's work will focus on the Early Warning System, which maps development projects funded by financial institutions that may negatively affect human rights. "He will be well poised to ponder the overlap between human rights and environmental law," says Jessie Brunner, Program Manager at the Handa Center. This suits Chael, who believes that environmental sustainability is the biggest challenge of the 21st century, and is interested in asking questions like, "How do we translate an issue like contaminated water as a human rights problem as opposed to just environmental degradation?" He is also excited about the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with issues he has considered abstractly in the classroom. "I've read a lot about the World Bank," he says, "but I haven't seen concrete evidence yet on how it works."
Good luck to Nathan this summer!