October 26, 2014

Kasturi Puntambekar – Marketing and Fundraising Fellow

Kasturi is a senior at American University in Washington, D. C. and is majoring in History with a minor in Psychology. Originally from a rural town in Massachusetts, she has worked in the development sector of non-profit organizations around the Capital and has enjoyed learning new and innovative ways of communicating with donors and foundations. She is looking forward to exploring new methods of promoting the cause of Americans for Informed Democracy and reaching out to the greater D. C. community in the process. As a student of a highly politically engaged university in the nation’s capital, she believes that students must be heard and can contribute greatly to the country’s endeavors on the international scale. In her free time, she enjoys Indian classical dance and cooking.

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AIDing cultural awareness: New student group promotes dialogue about pressing issues

by Kristen Trotter Crimson White February 17, 2006 Standing in front of a group of third graders at Englewood Elementary, Courtney Sanders stumped the class when she asked them what they had in common with Egyptian children. Finally, one student found an answer: "We're human, and they're human!" This is the kind of cultural understanding Sanders, who studied for a semester in Cairo, said she wants to foster. Last semester, Sanders founded Americans for Informed Democracy, a UA student group. She was teaching at Englewood as part of Crimson … [Read more...]

U.N. future subject of speech

by Kristin Pratt Daily Tarheel February 15, 2006 Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once said, "Even superpowers need friends." Gillian Sorensen, a former United Nations assistant secretary-general, said that statement is as true as ever when looking at the United States and its relationship with the U.N. Sorensen, a senior adviser at the United Nations Foundation, discussed the U.N.'s reform movement and the need for the United States' involvement during a speech to 25 students Tuesday afternoon at Graham Memorial … [Read more...]

Students discuss AIDS epidemic: Global HIV video conference highlights problems

by Joanna Borns Indiana Daily Student February 15, 2006 IU students participated in a live debate and discussion Tuesday with members of several African and South American countries on how the United States should respond to the growing AIDS epidemic abroad, how the drastic low level of education is further worsening the crisis and other obstacles the world must face to prevent the spread of the disease. The global conversation was presented via video conference as the students talked live with representatives in five different countries and … [Read more...]

Students address HIV concerns in videoconference

by Jasett Chatham Daily Northwestern February 15, 2006 Thirteen Northwestern students interacted with counterparts from across the globe via videoconference Tuesday afternoon to discuss how to fight the global spread of HIV. The Forum Room of University Library held two TV screens projecting nine pictures, each showing live video feed of representatives from Brazil, Indiana University, University of Kansas, Marquette University, Stanford University, and African countries Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. Americans for Informed … [Read more...]

Students called to action at Darfur panel discussion

by Miranda Yaver Bowdoin Orient February 10, 2006 Colby College Professor of Sociology Jonathan White called students to action at the Darfur Teach-In Thursday evening and urged them to work together to end conflict and human rights abuses in Sudan. "There's a massive university movement that is taking place," White said. "It is student action from the United States that led the way to the divestment movement. You have no right to say that you can't make a difference," he said. The Darfur Teach-In, sponsored by Global Justice, Democratic … [Read more...]

Documentary Ideas…

This post is from AID's Grove City College leader Bethany Egan: I had the incredible opportunity this week to view two really moving videos that I want to share with you and AID! The first is called Osama and it is the first movie to be filmed in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban regime. The movie portrays the hopelessness and despair brought by the regime through the eyes of a young girl, who must be disguised as a boy to keep her family from starving. This is by no means an entertaining film, but it is extremely artistic and presents a strong … [Read more...]

Graduation Pledge

I thought that the "Graduation Pledge Campaign" might be of interest to AID chapters. Please read below for more information! -- "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work." Students at over a hundred colleges and universities have made this "graduation pledge". From small liberal arts colleges (Colgate and Macalester) to large state universities (Oregon and Utah) to large private research universities … [Read more...]

Jyothi Laxmi Ramakrishnan: Empowering and Engaging Young People to Change the World

by Richard-Michael Manuel, UT-Arlington Outstanding Student Leaders Digest (published by AIDemocracy.org) January 29, 2006 People who fall through the cracks often get ignored, but Jyothi Laxmi Ramakrishnan won't turn a blind eye—no matter where they live. She sees a world where those in need get the help they deserve. That’s the same spirit behind eight charitable goals that 191 countries have set for 2015, called the Millennium Development Goals. When she saw a way to keep member nations on task, she led the way to make it happen. It was … [Read more...]

Panelists debate NSA wiretapping

by David Ceasar The Hatchet (GWU) January 28, 2006 Everything from Bush-bashing to anti-liberal rhetoric to blasting politicians in general bellowed through the halls of 1957 E Street Tuesday evening at a discussion about National Security Agency wiretapping. The Elliott School of International Affairs and the non-partisan group Americans for Informed Democracy sponsored an at-times heated roundtable discussion with three prominent speakers who sparred over President Bush's domestic intelligence program. More than 100 people, including … [Read more...]

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

This post is from Allynn Lodge. Today, January 27th, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Yesterday, Americans for Informed Democracy was invited as guests of the Daniel Pearl Foundation to attend a panel discussion at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in commemoration of this day. The panel featured Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, Ambassador Dan Gillerman, and Dr. Judea Pearl, Professor at the University of California Los Angeles and father of slain reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Daniel … [Read more...]