Human Rights grad April Ball earns Fulbright Award to study in Spain

April Ball smiling, wearing a green shirt

Recent Human Rights graduate April Ball '22 has earned a Fulbright Award to study in Madrid, Spain, where she will study the cultural and religious identities of second generation Moroccan Muslim women. April will also be working with a local nonprofit that serves immigrant and second-generation communities to better her understanding of relevant cultural themes and gain greater trust among participants. April performed the minor in human rights along with a major in psychology and an additional minor in Spanish. She also took the Center's Human Rights Careers Intensive and performed a service-learning class component, operating hotlines for asylum seekers in ICE detention.

"I had the absolute pleasure to witness April's determination, cultural curiosity, and thoughtfulness in various classes," said her capstone advisor, Vivian Brates. "For her Human Rights capstone thesis, she used her analytical and empirical skills to address a real-life problem, the urgency to culturally train teachers and provide them with resources to foster safe and healthy spaces for refugee children, usually impacted by trauma."

"For her Fulbright Fellowship, she will continue using her heart and passion to explore the face of a new Spain with its growing immigrant population, particularly the cultural and religious identity of second generation Muslim Moroccan women. Her goal is to use culturally informed findings to bring new wisdom and more humane leadership in the areas of education, healthcare, and immigration."

Congratulations, April!