Periclean Scholars Class of 2015 Resume

Periclean Scholars Class of 2015

Elon, North Carolina ●

Mission Statement 

We, the Periclean Scholars Class of 2015 at Elon University, strive to empower individuals and communities, in both North Carolina and Haiti, by providing opportunity and hope through the exchange of knowledge and resources. We will develop mutually beneficial partnerships, locally and internationally, in the hopes of promoting social justice and human dignity, focusing on the Haitian restavek community. While remaining conscious of cultural differences, we aim to raise awareness about modern day child slavery and human trafficking. In doing so, we aspire to encourage healthy and autonomous lifestyles for those affected by these issues.



Restavek Freedom Foundation (RFF), Burlington, NC

  • Collaborate to establish a $100,000 endowment to support educational opportunities for girls in the Transitional Home.
  • Hosted Executive Director Joan Conn, Board VP Christine Buchholz, Transitional Home Director Adeline Bien-Aime, Child Advocate Roslyn Phillips, and Exhibit Coordinator Natalie Hagan at Elon


Alamance for Freedom, Burlington, NC

  • Establish an semester-long internship opportunity for Elon students
  • Attend quarterly Coalition meetings



Stand Up for Freedom: Human Trafficking and Restavek Education Week     October 2014

  • Facilitated documentary screening of Not My Life and discussion with Elon students
  • Hosted local representatives for panel on human trafficking
  • Alexis Keyworth, North Carolina Coalition Against Human Trafficking
  • Jeremy Coleman, Burlington Police Department
  • Rachel Parker, Anti-Human Trafficking Specialist from World Relief High Point
  • Liz Leon, Program Director of Alamance for Freedom
  • Meredith Edwards, Assistant District Attorney of Alamance County
  • Produced a benefit concert with performances by a capella groups, Gospel Choir, & independent student artists
  • Hosted a presentation by Adeline Bien-Aime, Director of RFF’s transitional home in Haiti
  • Showcased student research focused on human trafficking and modern slavery
  • Collaborated with RFF to display “A Day in the Life of a Restavek” exhibit


Walk for Freedom                                                                                             November 2013

  • Presented stories of trafficked children both in Haiti and the US to educate Elon students about the importance of the issue


Lecture given by representative from the Gray Haven Project                      November 2013

  • Sponsored and supported representative from a human trafficking organization in Richmond, VA to educate Elon students about the issue domestically


Resurrection Dance Theater                                                                       November 2013

  • Sponsored performance of a Haitian dance organization made up of children who have come out of domestic servitude in Haiti in order to raise awareness on campus


Celebrating Periclean Scholars                                                                       October 2013

  • Organized speakers and food for a Pan-Periclean event


Periclean Scholars Class of 2015

Elon, North Carolina ●


Periclean Induction for Class of 2016                                                               April 2013

  • Organized induction event with speakers and food
  • Served as mentors for the Class of 2016


Speakers Hosted        

  • Representatives from the Restavek Freedom Foundation
  • Liz Leon: Alamance County for Freedom
  • Representative from the Elon University Office for Advancement
  • Elizabeth Conrad: Previous Peace Corps worker stationed in Haiti
  • Jaimie Metellus: Elon student from Haiti
  • Courtney Latta: Periclean alumna who has worked extensively in Haiti



  • Attended events through the Haiti Lab at Duke University
  • Traveled to Mount Olive, NC: a Haitian community in western North Carolina
  • Gave extensive presentations based on research on Haitian history/culture and current issues
  • Read and discussed Haiti: After the Earthquake (Paul Farmer, 2011) and Little Princes (Connor Grennan, 2011)



  • Organized off-campus benefit concert to raise approximately $300 dollars for the endowment
  • Made, sold, and delivered grilled cheese in Monthly Munchies fundraiser events
  • Collaborated with the Sport and Event Management department to organize an off-campus casino night as a fundraiser
  • Raised over $250 to support a Haitian college student who serves as a translator in Haiti
  • Sold Periclean discount cards
  • Connected Elon students to fundraising efforts of girls in Restavek Freedom Foundation



  • Maintain Periclean 2015 blog that regularly reports our progress
  • Regularly contribute to the Periclean newsletter


Future Plans

                                 In the coming semester, the class hopes to:

  • Continue to extensively fundraise for the endowment for the Restavek Freedom Foundation Transitional Home
  • Publish white papers and news articles about the issues of human trafficking and restavek
  • Write and submit grant proposals for funding the endowment
  • Host speakers, show films, and/or organize campus-wide events to further educate students about human trafficking and restavek
  • Write a newsletter for our supporters about our most recent work
  • Update and add to the Class website
  • Work with a Haitian organization to create graduation stoles for the Class
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