Ms. Sandy Noel
Specialization: Education
Home institution in US: Florida State University, Tallahassee
Host Institution in India: Kendriya Vidyalaya Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal  
Start date/Month in India: 26 June 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Sandy Noel graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in international affairs. As an undergraduate, she worked as a resident assistant and was involved with campus organizations such as Empowering Women Globally, Amnesty International and Circle K International.  She also participated in Semester at Sea, a study abroad program that circumnavigates the globe by ship. Following her experiences abroad, Ms. Noel became active on campus as a community ambassador and interned at the U.S. Peace Corps headquarters. In recognition of her leadership through service to others, Noel received one of six Florida State University Profiles of Service Awards for 2011.

In addition to teaching English during her Fulbright fellowship, Ms. Noel plans to collaborate with Dr. Henry Thiagaraj, managing trustee of the Dalit Liberation Education Trust, founder and director of the Human Rights Education Movement of India, and director of the Delta Multipurpose Youth Training Center. When Ms. Noel was in India last year, she took part in a service project with the Dalit Liberation Education Trust. She plans to continue working with Dr. Thiagaraj in his mission to help Dalit youth be more proactive in their respective community and country. Through her service to this and other organizations, she hopes to focus her research on examining access to support services for Dalits pursuing an education and preparing for potential careers.