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Arts and Sciences Students Selected Albert Schweitzer Fellows

Two Arts and Sciences students — Ahran Koo and Sarah Levitt — are among the 18 graduate students selected for the 2015-16 class of Albert Schweitzer Fellows from Columbus and Athens. They will spend the next year learning to effectively address social factors that impact health and developing lifelong leadership skills, following the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom the fellowship is named.

According to Terry “Chip” Bahn, program director of the Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program, “Despite the demands of graduate programs, Albert Schweitzer Fellows are committed to service and to tackling complex health needs.” They develop and implement service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while at the same time fulfilling their academic responsibilities. The 18 Fellows in the Columbus-Athens class join approximately 220 others working in 12 program sites  11 in the U.S. and one in Gabon at the site of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital, founded in 1913.

Ahran KooAhran Koo, graduate student in Arts Administration, Education and Policy, is increasing the cultural understanding of Korean-American elementary school students by working with them to create a visual storybook and yearbook that will reflect the students’ thoughts, emotions and experiences in a multicultural setting. Working with the Korean-American Community School of Central Ohio, she will teach Korean language, culture and art classes that encourage students to think about and express their social and cultural identity in a visual form.

“We are so proud of Ahran’s competitive selection as a Schweitzer Fellow,” said Karen Hutzel, graduate studies chair and Koo’s department advisor.

Sarah LevittSarah Levitt, graduate student in the Department of Dance, is addressing the health and wellness of senior citizens in Columbus by creating a dance program for older adults incorporating a variety of movement styles, including hip-hop and social dance. Working with the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center, Levitt also will teach participants methods to create their own dances, promoting physical activity and artistic expression.

“Sarah is testing the efficacy of dance to positively affect the health of a senior population, demonstrating once again the power dance has to improve communities in many ways,” said Susan Petry, chair, Department of Dance.