Impact At Scale

The Beeck Center engages global leaders to drive social change at scale.

Sonia Gupta

What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
Kigali, Rwanda- I can’t wait to connect with the community and experience Rwandan culture. I’m incredibly inspired by what my future coworkers are doing at Akazi Kanoze Access, and I’m excited to be a part of such a worthwhile effort.

What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
In my experiences, social impact has been driven by the desire to understand and improve social challenges, while affirming the humanity of all people. I used to question the impact an individual could make; I now realize that there is no chance at advancing deep-rooted issues without beginning with individual efforts at the local level.

How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
In the NGO setting, I hope to learn what works and what does not work. I wish to leave with a better understanding of what policies and practices yield best results, while refining and developing my own skills in communications and business development. I hope to broaden my horizons and enhance the way I approach humanitarian efforts.

Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
In both my personal and professional interests, I have always had a focus on human rights. GU Impacts allows me the opportunity to further this passion in a tangible way, while providing me with an invaluable global learning experience.

What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
GU Impacts allows great autonomy and independence for its Fellows, which is so rare for service programs. I am excited at the unique opportunity to be an integrated member of Akazi Kanoze all summer, and to continue exploring the issues I will work on when I am back on campus in the fall.

What’s your favorite quote?
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” -Rumi

What are you currently reading?
Refuge by Paul Collier and Alexander Betts

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