SCEEN seeks to provide meaningful opportunities for students to be actively engaged in issues of global development.
An organization that forms academic partnerships between students and organizations that pursue meaning socioeconomic development initiatives, thereby seeking to educate students, empower organizations and emerging nations, provide invaluable work experiences for students hoping to become change agents, put to immediate and effective use the academic base that students have acquired in their educational tenure.
While driving home from a study session at the Woodruff Library in 2005, Emory University students Jolyn Taylor (’06) and Lucila Crena (‘06) began to brainstorm creative solutions on how to increase their involvement in international developmental issues. This was the primordial step in the birth of SCEEN (pronounced like ‘scene’), or the Student Coalition for Empowering Emerging Nations. Taylor and Crena soon after obtained the support of fellow junior Jen Hsu and freshman Suhas Srihidan to serve together as the four founding members of the group. With the support of Sam Cherribi, assistant to the Provost and former member of the Dutch parliament, Jeff Rosensweig, the director of the Global Perspectives Program in the Goizueta Business School, and founder and chairman of eStandards Forum George Vojta, SCEEN began accepting student applications in the spring of 2006.
SCEEN’s vision lies in creating “an interdepartmental, University-wide organization that will link Emory's students, faculty, staff, alumnae and resources to the nations of the developing world through meaningful and practical academic interactions that will have as a goal the immediate but lasting improvements to the standards of living for the inhabitants of these nations. The interactions should constitute an engagement of Emory's resources (human and academic, among others) towards fulfilling the needs of the country a whole, through helping its communities, organizations, businesses, and government.” The first class of twenty or so students were divided into three groups and began working to realize the vision on one of three projects: working with an NGO in Uganda, a development organization in the Casamance region of Senegal, and on a Healthcare project in Emory’s hometown of Atlanta. Selection of the students was based on merit, enthusiasm, and previous experience in a field particular to the activity. For instance, students with a background in French were given preference to participate in the Senegal project. Activities included collecting financial and sociological information in order to produce a due-diligence report for the eStandards Forum; translating official documents from French to English; and developing a case study of selected donation centers for a non-profit in Atlanta.
SCEEN continues its work today, working with many clients and recruiting new students to be analysts every semester.