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Peter Van ArsdalePeter Van Arsdale
Director

Peter Van Arsdale oversees African Initiatives and co-founded the Josef Korbel School's Humanitarian Assistance program. In these capacities, as well as in his role as Adjunct Professor, he imparts his expertise on humanitarian aid, complex emergencies, human rights, community development and cross-cultural relations, especially with regard to refugee and immigrant populations. He also focuses on civilian-military collaboration in humanitarian assistance.

Professor Van Arsdale's latest book, "Humanitarians in Hostile Territory: Expeditionary Diplomacy and Aid outside the Green Zone" (2010, with Derrin Smith), approaches this subject and more. His imprint is found in a number of African Initiatives' partner organizations, revealing his Africanist character. He is involved with the DU Kibera Project, MaiMisham, and acts as faculty advisor for Students for Africa. Additionally, he is co-founder of The Denver Hospice.


Jeremy Brown
Jeremy Brown
jeremy.brown511@du.edu
Specialized Research Assistant, African Initiatives

Jeremy Brown received his undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Natural Resource Management with a minor in Global Environmental Sustainability. He has traveled extensively, including study abroad in Australia and research on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) and community services in rural Kenya.

Jeremy's research interests include looking at the intersections between WASH and community health with a particular focus on youth in development. His region of focus is in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically eastern and southern Africa.



Melody Delaney
Melody Delaney
melody.delaney@du.edu
Event Coordinator, African Initiatives

Melody Delaney is a second year graduate student pursuing a Masters of International Development. As part of her degree, Melody will be joining the Peace Corps in Fall of 2017 to further her research with East African conflicts and their ramifications on targeted communities.

Melody attained her undergraduate degree from the Florida State University College of Music and hopes to combine these two radically different degrees to study cultural heritage music and its capacity as a method of conflict resolution and emotional healing in the wake on traumatic conflict.



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Sierra Amon
Sierra Amon
sierra.amon@du.edu

Co-President, Students for Africa

Sierra Amon is a second-year MA candidate in International Studies with concentrations in agricultural development and economic development within Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a Kansas native and holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies.

Sierra is currently working as a Virtual Student Foreign Service e-intern with USAID-Uganda as an Economic Growth Communications Guru for the 2016/17 academic year.




Della Williams
Della Williams
della.williams@du.edu

Co-President, Students for Africa

Della Williams' interest in Global Health began in high school through her involvement with HIV/AIDS communities in Washington, D.C and South Africa. Della graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a degree in Sociology, and spent a year in Durban, South Africa, with the School for International Training: Public Health Program. After completing her studies in Colorado, Della worked in South Western Kenya at a girls' high school and nursing college. Following her time in Kenya she was posted as a Community Health Volunteer in rural Zambia, as a Peace Corps Volunteer. A large part of her work consisted of sensitizing and co-facilitating education sessions on context-specific health issues, with a focus on nutrition, HIV/AIDS and Maternal/Child Health.

Della is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School for International Studies. She is a candidate in the International Development degree program and is completing a certificate in Global Health Affairs (GHA), while also acting as the GHA Program Assistant. Della has also developed a regional concentration in Sub-Saharan Africa and, as a co-president for Students for Africa, she is personally and professionally passionate about health and development on the continent.