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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Giovania Tiarachristie, 2013

MS, Pratt Institute

Giovania Tiarachristie is an immigrant from Indonesia

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MS in City and Regional Planning at Pratt Institute

Born in Surabaya, Indonesia to parents of Chinese heritage, Giovania came to the United States when she was ten. In Pittsburgh her family struggled as new immigrants, but she focused on seizing unrealized opportunities.

Giovania made her way to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she is currently a senior, majoring in sociology and tapped for membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

At Dickinson, Giovania has become an environmental coordinator, community organizer, and student leader. She helped create and now directs the Dickinson Idea Fund, a student-run revolving loan program that incubates innovative community projects. William Durden, Dickinson's President, calls her as "a gracious, focused young person who lives with a passion for change in democracy and does so with a rare blend of knowledge, personality and humanity."

Giovania has studied urban planning and sustainability in Brazil; racial politics and food justice in Harrisburg, PA; and the impact of fracking in Bradford County, PA. Her goal is to "increase education, engagement and collaboration between citizen, public, and private sectors." She will pursue an MS degree in city and regional planning at Pratt Institute.