Carlota Fernandez-Tubau Rullo '15

Carlota is a member of the Tufts Class of 2015 pursuing a double major in Peace and Justice Studies and International Relations, with a concentration in Africa. She coordinates the Refugee Assistance Program under the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and works at the non-for-profit Books of Hope. She is also a Citizenship and Public Service Scholar at the Tisch College and a Synaptic Scholar at the Institute for Global Leadership. Carlota is interested in addressing one of the side effects of the economic crisis in the EU: the rolling back of gains in human rights of migrants. In an attempt to combat xenophobic attitudes and improve policy concerned with migrants and refugees, she has designed a Synaptics project that integrates both extensive academic research and social documentary activity. As member of the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice, she has identified and reported specific stories that can act as vehicles to explain larger, complex issues. PNDP took her to Burma where she covered the story of NLD activist Su Su Nway and documented the distressing situation of factory workers who were for the first time daring to speak out to demand rights, better pay and conditions. Through her work Carlota pursues to bring to light social injustices and to advocate for positive social change. As an Oslo Scholar, she will be working in Angola with journalist and activist Rafael Marques de Morais.

Caitlin Thompson '17

Caitlin is a junior from Carmel, CA, pursing a double major in Russian & Eastern European Studies and International Relations. On campus, she is the head delegate of Model UN and has maintained a column for the Tufts Daily on oppressive regimes, as well as her own blog entitled “Global Citizen.” Caitlin is also a peer teacher teaching a freshmen advising course with fellow Oslo Scholar, Nitesh Gupta, entitled “Human Rights in the Digital Age,” which addresses issues like the surveillance of political dissidents and the manifestation of human rights advocacy within the hacker community. As a member of the 2014-2015 EPIIC colloquium on Russia in the 21st Century, Caitlin was captivated by the manifestation of Russian history in contemporary domestic and foreign policy. This past summer as an Oslo Scholar, she interned with the Institute for Modern Russia and the Human Rights Foundation in New York, where she worked on projects concerning Russia’s position as a diplomatic partner in the global community under President Putin.

Zara Rancheva '18

Zara Rancheva is a member of the Class of 2018 from Karlovo, Bulgaria. Growing up in a small town has taught her that one is personally responsible for broadening their perspectives and cultivating a deeper understanding of the world, regardless of physical limitations. She believes a rich family library, painstakingly accommodated into a modest living space, together with her mother’s enlightening literary guidance, played a central role in the formation of her values and beliefs.

Her major is Political Science and she hopes to investigate how people perceive their political environment and arrive at their conceptions of liberty and justice. Moreover, she is convinced these sciences provide us with the unique power to look both into the past and into the future of our civilization with greater clarity, given that our theories are sufficiently sophisticated and objective.

Zara is a member of the Tufts Debate Society and frequently travels with her teammates to compete. Her reflections about the overall experience are fully in line with J.S. Mills’ assertion that it only when we need to actively defend our beliefs that we can obtain insight about their true grounds and content. She is also involved with the Compass Fellowship, a group of students exploring the concept of social entrepreneurship and its applications, and the Fencing team. Both have revealed the importance of strategy, focus, and decisiveness in different, but equally illustrative ways. Lastly, Zara devotes time and efforts to creative writing, striving to capture daily frustrations and fleeting affects in such a way that they remain both intimate and relatable. During her last two years of high school, she received national awards for her works, and is currently exploring novel sources of inspiration.

As an Oslo scholar this past summer, she worked with worked with Srdja Popovic as a Research Intern for his organization, the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) in Belgrade, Serbia.