June 16, 2017 | The NextGen Leadership Series, GU Impacts Profile: Sarah Martin
Interview by Ali Walton, Beeck Communications Analyst
Meet Sarah! She’s a Sophomore in the College studying Justice and Peace. She will be honing in on her desire to create a more ethical future at her fellowship with Mann Deshi bank in Mhaswad, India.
What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
This summer I will be in India at the Mann Deshi Foundation. I could not be more excited to be working in solidarity with other women of color.
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
Through my experiences, I define social impact through solitary, digging deeper, and persistence. It is when “your liberation is bound up with mine;” we must work against the forces. Injustice does not end with one-stop technology or temporary solutions. It is finding the roots and digging them up. It is continuing to exist in the midst of a racist and patriarchal world.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
I hope to learn how to empower other women coming from such different experiences. I hope to learn to listen more. I hope to grow through observation and interactions.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
After my freshman fall, I was convinced that I should stay away from international affairs. I thought I needed to only work in an environment with which I had personal experience. My anger grew when I went on an alternative breaks trip to study the negative effects of tourism and globalization on the Jamaican economy. However, I had no idea how to turn it into anything productive—at least, that was until I took an ethics course. In this class, we studied human development and women in India through the lens of the capabilities approach and I realized that maybe moral relativism wasn’t for me. There are times when interfering worsens the situation, but that isn’t always the case. Running away from the whole world when our western resources can go so far (especially when it comes to saving human lives), isn’t morally excusable.
Coming from a family of Filipino entrepreneurs, I have a natural inclination towards innovation. At Georgetown, I finally began learning about the ethics that go hand and hand with entrepreneurship, and through my study of ethics and design at Georgetown, I became more interested in the question: how do we design a more ethical future? I want to know how I can be a connector and resource around the world.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
There are many opportunities to volunteer and work on service projects that simply serve as bandages to systemic issues, rather than cures. I believe GU Impacts stands apart from the rest with its dedication to the marriage of innovation and social justice. This group of people is dedicated to digging deeper and searching for the appropriate answers to root issues.
What’s your favorite quote?
“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” – Hemingway
What are you currently reading?
Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger and Bhagavad Gita