Category Archives: Class of 2007: Honduras

Special Post- A Visit From Sarah Woodard

On April 24, the Periclean program was fortunate to hear Sarah Junkin Woodard speak about her work in Nicaragua. The organization she works though is the Center for Development in Central America (CDCA), which has been present in Nicaragua for the past two decades. Mrs. Woodard’s life of service began in North Carolina when she opened up some of the first homeless and battered women shelters in the Statesville area. Her passion for helping the people of Nicaragua was realized when she and her friends discovered they could get a lot more accomplished by pooling their time and money instead of taking individual paths. This led them to drive to Nicaragua with everything they own to continue opening shelters, and through this volunteering their love for the country was ignited. The motivation and slogan behind all of the work Mrs. Woodard does is “another world is possible”. She repeatedly emphasized the poor conditions people are forced to live in and how, with work, another world for these individuals is possible. Some of her efforts to make this possibility a reality include helping small farmers make more profit off of their crops through helping them gain an organic grower license, issue small loans with a small interest rate to local farmers, opening a clinic with many invaluable medical supplies to treat the community, and support local artists by paying them upfront then selling their merchandise in the US.
This presentation applies to the work the Periclean class of 2016 will be doing in Honduras because many of the issues in Nicaragua are also present in Honduras. Poverty and deforestation are just two of the many crippling problems these two countries have in common. Mrs. Woodard also has experience identifying and responding to the needs of the people she comes in contact with. We as Pericleans hope to install a project that positively impacts as many people as possible while also meeting some sort of need in the community. Thus, her tactics and stories act as a source of advice and motivation for the work we will be doing in Honduras. Finally, Mrs. Woodard also aims to make her projects sustainable and the communities she works with self-sufficient. These goals align perfectly with those of the Periclean program and hopefully we are as successful as she has been in meeting them.

By: Annie Goldberg

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The lifelong impact of being a Periclean Scholar

Sam White, ’06,  and Natasha Christensen, ’07  talk about the lifelong impact of being a Periclean Scholar

And as an added bonus, here is Sam White addressing her fellow MPH graduates at George Washington University:

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Random Periclean meeting at Duke Gardens

Meeting with an ’07 at Duke Gardens

Over Memorial Day weekend I traveled with my family to spend the day at Duke Gardens. While taking a short walk with my son Julian I ran into Stacy Lucius from the Class of 2007 (Honduras).  She says that she loves keeping up with the program through the newsletters and our blog and that she is very proud of all the accomplishments of the various Classes.

I reminded her that all of the more recent Classes are standing on her and her Classmate’s shoulders, and that the work they did as ’07’s both in terms of Honduras and in terms of helping create the Periclean Scholars remains deeply appreciated.

The Periclean Scholars Alumni Association continues to support the Hope for Honduran Children Foundation.  HHCF was founded by Elon parent Karen Godt.


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A video postcard to the ’07’s travel to Honduras January 2007

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Natasha! Live, from Afghanistan

Natasha!  Live, from Afghanistan

Natasha Christensen, Class of 2007, recently reported in from Afghanistan where she is serving the United States in helping the transition efforts for the US military.  She Skyped into my SOC 111 on March 5th when students asked her about her experiences. When asked why she was there in natashaClassAfghanistan instead of back in DC with all of the Starbucks (note:  she is an admitted coffee aficionado) she replied that “staying in comfort zones makes you complacent and stupid.”  I could not agree more.

In a chat with me just now she embellished further on the “why” question:

“It really is all about putting a face, a name, a story or an experience to an issue for me. Once I do that, once I’ve become a witness. It informs and influences everything I do and what I know to actively pursue a way to help in a substantive way. Elie Weisel said something about everyone becoming a witness, and sharing what they’ve seen – so no one can ever say “they didn’t know” again. (He said that when he visited Elon actually when I was an undergrad in 2004) That’s the point and purpose that resonates with me. I think it’s something a lot of Elon grads feel.”

Those lucky to be on Facebook with Natasha are constantly regaled with her #Stanstories.  Pure unadulterated Natasha, all.

This quotation comes from her page:

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” –Anais Nin

Natasha lives life large, no doubt.

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Class of 2007: Honduras

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