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Emily Yount 2014-2015

Emily Yount, Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar and founder of an International Justice Mission chapter at Vanderbilt, is one of two recipients of the Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship for 2014-2015. 

The goal of the fellowship is to develop future leaders through world travel and experiential learning. Graduating seniors awarded the fellowship have the opportunity to pursue an idea or an issue, about which they are impassioned, in the context of daily life in communities around the world.

Emily grew up in Lexington, South Carolina, and is now a resident of Richmond, Virginia. However, she calls many places home after living in Istanbul, Turkey, with her family for her final three years of high school. She graduated from Peabody College with a degree in Human and Organizational Development, as well as a secondary degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences. Her primary degree’s focus is health and human services, which represents her interest in providing aftercare to individuals, particularly women, who have experienced trauma. She became particularly interested in addressing the problems of sex trafficking and gender-based violence after a trip to Delhi, India, during the summer of 2012.

Through her fellowship project, “Global Dimensions of Aftercare for Victims of Sexual Violence,” Yount seeks to understand firsthand the roots of sexual violence so that more effective solutions can be pursued, and to explore how aftercare is delivered differently based on cultural context. She also hopes to grow personally in her ability to interact respectfully with victims of sex trafficking and gender-based violence. She plans to travel to over 15 countries where organizations are working to provide aftercare services to victims of sexual violence. Because of this opportunity, she will be equipped to pursue her training in social work with a global vision.

“Ever since visiting India and hearing young girls share in support groups their experiences of violence, I have been gripped with a longing to not only return to the country, but also to see how this problem is being addressed elsewhere. The Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship is allowing me to make that dream a reality sooner and in a more exciting capacity than I ever thought possible. I cannot begin to express the fullness of my gratitude to the committee for their selection and - most of all - to Mr. Keegan for his generous support.”

For more information about the Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellowship, contact Associate Dean Sandy Stahl at 615-322-6400.