News Release| World Peace Fellow; Cal State L.A.


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Cal State L.A. faculty journeys to
Thailand, Cambodia for field studies

Javeri selected as a World Peace Fellow by Rotary Centers


Manisha Javeri—associate professor of
instructional technology in the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies
in Education at Cal State L.A.—has recently visited the Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee
camp in Mae Hong Song along the Burma-Thailand border and the S21 prison
camp and the killing fields in Cambodia.

Picture of Manisha Javeri.

As one of only 38 selected globally to be named a

World Peace Fellow

by the Rotary Centers for International Studies,
(Los Angeles resident) conducted field studies in Thailand
and Cambodia and attended peace and conflict resolution sessions led by
esteemed professors from throughout the world. For the 11-week

At the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok,
also presented a public seminar on her research paper, entitled “Post
Conflict Redevelopment in Mozambique: Using Technology to Design
Humanitarian Interventions (Focus on HIV/AIDS).”

In response to this Rotary honor, Javeri said, “I want to say that there
are basically moments in which you’re in touch with the meaning of life,
when your relationship to the rest of the universe makes sense, and this
fellowship program in Thailand was such a moment for me. I received this
award when I was battling a major health challenge, and it came to me at
a perfect time to give me an opportunity to shift the focus from myself
and engage into the lives of others [in Cambodia and along
Burma-Thailand border] who were suffering and in pain.”

Javeri indicated that the trip allowed her
to connect to the reality of what her and her students had learned in
class discussions.
She said, “I began reflecting on all the conflict places
that we talked about in our classes [Bosnia, Sudan, Israel-Palestine,
Sri-Lanka, Africa, Argentina, Thailand, Burma, etc.] and the plight of
the people suffering. I personally believe that true education is the
only way to free oneself from the bondage of human suffering. I cannot
and will never be able to truly understand and feel their pain; however,
these field visits have given me a new perspective in dealing with my

“I came back very humbled and more determined to use my
knowledge and skills in technology to continue design humanitarian
interventions, which I have already been doing for the last three years,

Javeri shared. “I would like to continue to involve students at CSULA to learn to engage
in global issues, and to use classroom projects as platforms to solve
real-world problems like HIV/AIDS, refugee support, post-war
redevelopment and reconstruction, environmental issues and more.”

who is originally from India and grew up in Bombay (Mumbai), plans

to head to Mozambique next to implement a solar cooking
project for the women in Africa. The solar ovens will be used to start a
micro-business. For more about Javeri and her journeys, read her blog:

The Rotary Centers program for World Peace fellowship provided tuition
and fees, room and board in program-provided housing, field-study
expenses, educational materials, medical insurance, and transportation.
The fellowship is intended for “individuals who have chosen a career
related to international relations, peace and conflict resolution, who
already have work experience in these areas, and who have real potential
to positively impact our world.”  

The Rotary Centers for International Studies consists of 36,000 rotary
clubs around the world. Its peace and conflict resolution program
supports the mission of The Rotary Foundation to further world
understanding and peace. For more about the Rotary fellowship, go to

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