Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Brita Fisher

Comparative History of Ideas with Departmental Honors


2006 Fellows

Hometown: Whidbey Island, WA

Travel Locations: Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos

Fisher was born in Sitka, Alaska and raised on Whidbey Island, Washington. She intends to travel throughout northwestern Africa, South Asia, and throughout the Andean countries of South America. Brita plans to walk as much of her journey as possible, hoping to get to better know and understand the people and places she’s visiting. As she travels, she’ll look at notions of womanhood, particularly how the people in various locations approach and understand the ritual and process of childbirth. When she returns, she hopes to become more active as a doula and embark on a career in education.

Alumni Reflections

How did the Bonderman Fellowship impact your life?

“The Bonderman experience continues to impact my life as a touchstone of deep perspective. It serves as a sort of internal sounding board, reminding me of the vast diversity of the human experience, and of the beauty, destruction, (and everything in between) that humanity can create. The experience was ultimately both humbling, and an inspiration. A reminder and guide to be a steward of healthy relationships, community, and environment, no matter where I am. And, to find beauty wherever I can.”

What are you doing now?

“Working with Vashon Youth and Family Services and doing art and floral design.”