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Alumna from McMaster's School of Social Work awarded Aga Khan Fellowship

Morgan Pommells, MSW Grad '15, recently received the Aga Khan Fellowship, which launches careers in government, non-profits, media, and the finance sector. The Fellowship offers training in eight-month placements overseas for university graduates and young professionals under 30 years of age.

Sep 13, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Morgan Pommells, graduate of McMaster’s School of Social Work (MSW ’15), has been awarded the Aga Khan Fellowship. The following is a summary derived from The Grand Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune.

As a recipient of the Aga Khan Fellowship, Pommells has been afforded the opportunity to participate in an eight-month placement overseas, with her location being Dhaka, Bangladesh. Pommells is cultivating experience in International Development Management (IDM); this stream of the Fellowship is broad in scope, encompassing a variety of development sectors and specializations. As such, Pommells has been exposed to several development projects, including an effort to strengthen rice productivity systems in poor, rural areas; an examination of gender-based violence in Bangladesh; and the delivery of health- and development-based resources for children of RMG (sweat shop) factory workers. Pommells’ recent emphasis is weighted on the factories, themselves, noting attempts to foster safety and a sense of humanity within the factories, as opposed to closing them down.
Having completed her MSW thesis research studying the relationship between poor water access and gender-based violence, Pommells has been drawn overseas before; namely, to East Africa. With each new country, Pommells continues to gain greater insight into the nature of international social work and how to navigate it. Pommells’ commitment to the field is inspiring and we know that she will continue to amaze us in her work—wherever she happens to be.