Age: 23 Home Town: Houston, Texas Education: B.S. in International Political Economy with a minor in Environmental Studies (University of Texas at Dallas) Specific Field Interests: Educational Equity and Environmental Sustainability Placement: Lok Kala Sagar Sansthan in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan Area of Focus: Education
Fellowship Project: Develop curricula and teacher training modules to enhance educational outcomes for Merasi youth and to safeguard traditional musical culture as intangible heritage practice.
Highlights: Eric is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellow with Lok Kala Sagar Sansthan in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. For his Fellowship project, he is developing curricula and teacher training modules to enhance educational outcomes for Merasi youth and to safeguard traditional musical culture as intangible heritage practice. Eric graduated in 2016 from the University of Texas in Dallas with a major in international political economy and a minor in environmental studies. Eric worked with the department of undergraduate education advocating for the on-campus food pantry, and with the international education office as the first study abroad ambassador to build awareness around the importance of gaining an international perspective. He interned twice with the International Rescue Committee aiding in the resettlement of refugees. His internship with Focus on Teens, a non-profit providing resources to homeless and at-risk students in low-income schools, cemented his passion for ensuring everyone has access to a quality education. He spent three months teaching English throughout Colombia in marginalized schools through the Houston based non-profit, Conviventia. Eric also worked with a local high school health class building awareness about the impacts of drugs and alcohol through a curriculum developed by the RAND corporation and spearheaded by the sociology department at his university. He served as a first-year leader, developing lesson plans to engage a class of freshman students about how to succeed in a college environment. As the inaugural program coordinator for Focus on Teens, Eric facilitated the dispersal of resources to schools throughout Dallas and Fort Worth as part of a year of service to an under-resourced elementary school in South Dallas with City Year. This experience propelled him towards the AIF Clinton Fellowship, where he will be developing an English and Math curriculum for a Merasi school in Rajasthan. Eric is honored to be working with the Merasi, a traditionally low-caste community of oral genealogists, storytellers and musicians with a more than 800-years-old tradition, an Intangible Cultural Heritage as defined by UNESCO.