“Are you going to be a do-gooder or a difference-maker?” When Kendall Weaver, a Wofford College junior from Lexington, S.C., was first asked this question by a mentor, it seemed to stand in contrast to the question of “How will you change the world?” that she had heard often during her first days at college. As the 36th Presidential International Scholar, Weaver hopes to learn how to answer both questions through her research on Western aid in Middle Eastern countries.
As the Presidential International Scholar, Weaver will travel to Palestine after spending the fall semester in Amman, Jordan, with the School for International Training. She will conduct her research on how aid organizations’ mission statements, donors and structures frame their work with Palestinian and Syrian refugees. By examining the day-to-day decisions made in aid organizations, Weaver hopes to wrestle with the broader question of “What is help?”
Read more about Weaver in the article “Weaver to do independent research in Middle East.”
Read Kendall’s blog.