Ms. Kelsey Utne
Specialization: Economics
Home institution in US: Salem State University, Massachusetts
Host Institution in India: Pardada Pardadi Educational Society, Delhi  
Start date/Month in India: September 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Kelsey J. Utne graduated summa cum laude from Salem State University, Massachusetts with majors in history, political science and economics. She held leadership roles in the University’s Political Science Academy and Historical Association and established a new student chapter of Amnesty International. While in the Political Science Academy, Ms. Utne endeavored to promote political participation on campus and in the community by organizing discussion panels on current events, registering voters and introducing both university and area high school students to former members of Congress. Off campus she became president of the North Shore Rotaract Club, for which she recently organized a benefit showing of FLOW: For the Love of Water. The event raised funds and awareness of the BARKA Foundation, an NGO in Burkina Faso which promotes clean water access in villages. Her personal research interests include human rights, national identity and communalism. Prior to beginning her Fulbright research, Ms. Utne received support from the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program to attend the intensive Hindi language program at the American Institute for Indian Studies, Jaipur for summer 2012.

Ms. Utne’s Fulbright research project, “Toward Global Goals: Assessing Self-Assessment Practices of Primary Education NGO Initiatives in India,” will examine the community impact assessment methods of non-governmental primary education programs in the Delhi area. Looking beyond the usual metrics of success, such as enrollment and graduation statistics, Ms. Utne’s project analyzes how these organizations measure their impact on the local community and how they adjust their programs accordingly in both the short and long terms. Through collaboration with area organizations, a better framework for measuring growth in community capitals may be developed.