The Global Action Prize recognizes an Evans School student for meritorious work in a volunteer position that benefits locals in low-income communities, often overseas.

  • 2019 Awardee: Rebeca de Buen Kalman

Rebeca's work on equity and access to transit systems is central to livelihoods and economic development.   She is spending Summer 2019 planning her field work in Mexico, to inform her PhD studies.  When she conducts her field work, anticipated for Winter 2020, Rebeca aims to study if and how equity is taken into consideration in transport planning in Latin America, with a focus on cycling infrastructure.  Connecting people to opportunities through cycling can help bridge gaps in access by connecting people to jobs or to educational offerings, or to the wider transit network. 

  • 2018 Awardee: Aya Samman

Aya made exceptional contributions volunteering, locally, nationally and internationally, in support of displaced Syrians.  She represented the UW community at the National Conference on Ethics in America at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  As the youngest member of the Board of the Karam Foundation, Aya developed programming for implementation in sourthern Turkey at the Karam House, an innovation school partnered with NuVu Studios (out of Cambridge, Massachusetts) that uses design process to help children solve complex challenges.  Aya also volunteers weekly in the Seattle area, tutoring refugee families to support their transition to life in America.

  • 2017 Awardee: Lauren Asprooth

Lauren spent two years in Southeastern Senegal conducting original field work for her degree project while serving in the US Peace Corps. Based in a remote and mineral rich area, she developed and implemented a study on increasing community awareness of legal rights in the mining sector. Partnering with local civil society organizations and academics, she surveyed gold and marble mining affected communities on their current level of knowledge and statistically analyzed the results. She then developed a training guide in French and English based on gaps in knowledge and implemented the program through grant funding to test effectiveness.

  • 2016 Awardee: Sheena Lahren

Sheena has a long history of service and volunteer work in international development, including her internship in the summer of 2015 with Water Access Now in Ghana. She will return to Ghana this summer, with support from a Global Opportunities Health Fellowship. In addition to continuing her work with Water Access Now, Sheena will launch a new nonprofit, Power2Girls, an idea that she helped to develop this year in the Evans School’s D-Prize Program, on teen pregnancy and HIV prevention efforts in Ghana. 

  • 2014 Awardee: Chris Westgard

    Chris completed multiple unpaid internships abroad during his time at the Evans School. In the summer of 2012, he worked for MovingWorlds doing program design, marketing strategy, and monitoring and evaluating systems to assess the impact volunteers have on host organizations. He also worked with Pacha Youth Foundation, first as an international development fellow and then as a program manager. Chris traveled to Cambodia during the summer of 2013 to conduct a community health needs-assessment for Pacha. In summer 2014, he worked with WHO, Lao and the Ministry of Health of Lao.

  • 2013 Awardee: Gabe Padilla

    Gabe founded the Pacha Youth Organization, a computer literacy program in Cambodia. The organization supports 85 students, a vocational program for 20 young girls, a Clean Water Initiative to address the pressing needs of the community in Som Roung Village, and the operations of a school that serves more than 400 children. Under Gabe’s leadership and fundraising, Pacha Youth Organization has become an established 501(c)(3) organization and has formed collaborative team agreements with four organizations in Germany, Ireland, Seattle, and Cambodia. This year, Gabe also established the International Development Fellowship—a one–year fellowship for a first year Evans School student. The fellowship includes a field assignment and travel stipend which provides for airline travel and housing. 
  • 2012 Awardee: Amy Pennington

    Amy spent three months in Arequipa, Peru, volunteering with Intiwawa, which provides local children with resources that can help them to be more successful in school and with cultural education and events that aim at increasing their knowledge and pride about their rich history.
  • 2010 Awardee: Michaela Leslie-Rule

    Michaela's film in support of her Evans School degree project, Wanawake 8/8 Women, was accepted to the Zanzibar International Film Festival for a Tanzanian premiere and featured in a special Women’s Panorama event showcasing films that bring attention to gender-based issues.
  • 2009 Awardee: Jessica Henson Cagley

    Jessica's original field research for her Evans School degree project, Determinants of Primary School Attainment in Lundamatwe, Tanzania: Implications for Project Kesho’s programming, helped a local NGO better understand and address barriers to primary education.