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Meet the 2016-17 Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship Winners

Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship Program

The Burkle Center awards outstanding minority graduate students, who have financial need, and research interests related to globalization and international relations with scholarships up to $4,000.00 each academic year. Scholarships are granted to qualified applicants who demonstrate leadership skills and academic achievement.

2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients

Cristian González Cabrera

Cristian González Cabrera is a third-year student at UCLA School of Law School, enrolled in the International and Comparative Law Specialization and the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. He is interested in international human rights, humanitarian, and criminal law and how lawyers can marshal these legal tools strategically to effect change for victims of heinous abuses in the United States and abroad. On campus, he is involved in OUTLaw, the International Human Rights Law Association, and the Journal for International Law and Foreign Affairs. During his time in law school, he completed internships at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Human Rights Watch. After graduating, he will serve as a Legal Fellow at the Center for Justice & Accountability where he will focus on human rights impact litigation and transitional justice. A former Fulbright fellow in Germany, he received his Bachelor's degree in History and French & Francophone Studies from Columbia University.


Makaela Newsome

Makaela Newsome is a Master's student in the Master's in Public Health in Community Health Sciences and Master's of Art in African Studies concurrent degree program. Her current research focus is global maternal and child health particularly in East Africa. Her current Master's thesis is on Traditional Birth Attendants and their birth control practices in southwestern and central Uganda. After completing her program she plans to work with health related NGO's in East Africa.


Francesca Parente

Francesca Parente is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science specializing in International Relations and Methodology. Her research interests include international organizations, human rights, and international law. Her dissertation asks what makes international human rights courts effective and why states comply with their rulings, focusing on the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights. After completing her PhD, Francesca hopes to continue researching and teaching as a professor.


Alvin Teng

Alvin Teng is a Master of Public Policy candidate in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. His policy interests include culturally-relevant and data-driven international development and equitable criminal justice reform. Before starting at UCLA Luskin, he interned for a year in Bangalore, India with an international human rights NGO combating forced labor trafficking. While there, he grew convinced that violence is a key factor hindering gains in economic development, and that transformation of justice systems are crucial to alleviating poverty. In the future, he hopes to apply his skills to solving issues of inequality at the intersection of race and socioeconomic class, either domestically or globally.