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Humanity in Action fellowship takes Reed senior to Europe

Reed College student Leah Nevada Page, a biology major, will travel to Amsterdam to study minority rights, human rights, and histories of resistance.

PORTLAND, OR (April 18, 2006)– Reed College student Leah Nevada Page has won a 2006 Humanity in Action fellowship to study in Amsterdam this summer. A senior majoring in biology, Page is one of 66 American students selected for the fellowship and one of ten selected for the Dutch program.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic about the prospect of going to Europe for the first time and I'm thrilled that I was chosen," Page said.

The Humanity in Action Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit organization, sponsors educational programs on human rights for university students and post-graduates in Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United States.

The European program, which Page will be attending, is a five-week fellowship to study the condition of minority rights and human rights in the host country and the institutions that have been created to protect these rights. The larger goal is to build knowledge among young leaders of the histories of resistance and strengthen their commitment to democratic values.

"Leah seems like an excellent ambassador from Reed to the HIA program," says Heather Lord '97, Reed's first HIA fellow and a member of HIA's board for the American program. "HIA gets an overwhelming number of applicants from the Ivy League and having a few equally brilliant but more 'outside the box' Reedies provides a significant addition to the mix of fellows."