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K-State students like Allison Hein recently joined forces to help repair social, educational and economic disparities in post-apartheid South Africa. 

Alumna supports student work in South Africa

By Hayli Morrison

Promoting English literacy in a South African primary school was a surreal moment for Allison Hein. As a first-generation K-State student working full-time, the Newton, Kansas native said she never would have experienced that without support from human ecology alumna Janice Hamilton (’65).

“This experience really helped me expand my worldview and discover where some of my true interests are,” Hein said.

That’s exactly the purpose Hamilton had in mind when she established the Janice Hamilton Global Immersion Fund.

“Time spent immersed in other cultures will shatter their preconceived notions of the world,” said Hamilton, president of education marketing agency CarrotNew York in New York City. “

Hein, now a K-State graduate student in political science and international relations, said the trip to Cape Town through the College of Human Ecology’s conflict resolution program inspired her to continue working toward resolution in post-conflict societies.

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