Intern Spotlight: Daniella Hagopian
Hello iACT family! My name is Daniella (Dani) Hagopian, and I’m a first-generation student studying Public Affairs and African American Studies at UCLA. Being a Black, first-gen student at a PWI has given me the space to think critically about resource allocation & the dynamics between the oppressed and the oppressor. My time at UCLA has really shown me that in order to reach liberation, we must work collectively and provide resources whenever and wherever we can.
I chose iACT because I am an adamant believer in breaking down the all-too-common colonialist mindset of refugee activism. I was immediately drawn to iACT’s model of placing the community at the center of their work. Since coming to UCLA and doing my own research, I’ve learned about how damaging voluntourism can be and how these situations are often motivated by white savior complexes that really end up doing more harm than good.
As an iACT intern, I hope to contribute to these valuable, sustainable efforts on a global scale. I really value the fact that iACT’s work will have tangible positive effects on people’s lives, and am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of that.
With funding support from Tahani, Jack, and their mindfulness community, Darfuri refugees in the eastern region of Chad are preparing for the launch of two new Little Ripples (LR) Ponds in Goz Amer refugee camp.
With a recent grant from UEFA Foundation for Children, iACT is thrilled to announce that this year we will expand Little Ripples and the Refugees United Soccer Academy to four new camps in Chad!
Connecting Communities through the Love of the Game: Refugees United Soccer Academy and Thunder Shots Collaboration
As the world’s leading and most popular sport, soccer can play a significant role in bringing people from all walks of life together. From the Champions League to recreational youth leagues on dirt and grass pitches in every corner of the world, countless people come...