Jared Russell ’18 has been awarded a Humanity in Action fellowship and will study in Copenhagen, Denmark, this summer.
The selection of Russell, a Boettcher Scholar and political science and philosophy major, marks the third consecutive year a Colorado College student has been named a Humanity in Action fellow.
The 2017 Humanity in Action Copenhagen Fellowship — the 20th anniversary of the Copenhagen program — will explore how to bridge historical, cultural, and political divides in pursuit of an inclusive society. This year’s theme, “Towards an inclusive society,” will set the stage for the next three Copenhagen Fellowships. The program notes that creating and maintaining an inclusive society is both a complex and demanding process in which historical, cultural, and political conditions play a pivotal role. Russell and his colleagues will study these conditions and explore methods to bridge societal divides.
The Colorado College rising senior already has been involved in several related issues. Last summer he worked in an immigration clinic in his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, helping low-income families achieve citizenship. In the course of the summer, he assisted 17 individuals obtain legal status within the United States. “I found it to be an eye-opening experience, as it made me realize the fundamental aspects of life that I have started to take for granted,” says Russell. “After assisting people in the fight for these fundamental rights, I knew that I wanted to pursue the issue further to not only obtain a greater understanding, but to also make a larger impact. As such, I became increasingly interested in assisting with matters of human rights and the implementation of social justice programs.”
At the conclusion of his time in Copenhagen, Russell will attend a capstone conference in Berlin that incorporates all the Fellows from the various participating programs in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, and Warsaw). This year’s conference will explore the rise in nationalist sentiment, xenophobic rhetoric, and political extremism across Europe and the United States, and the resultant challenges to transatlantic relations and domestic policies on both sides of the Atlantic.
Following the Humanity in Action program, Russell will serve as a Public Interest Fellowship Program summer fellow at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, where most likely he will be conducting research on how the Medicare and Medicaid program can be better tailored to the low-income and immigrant populations in Colorado. When the eight-week fellowship ends, he will head to Oxford for the fall semester to study the politics of the European Union and philosophy of law.