Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Chelsea Affleck

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Health Administration


2018 Fellows

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Travel Locations: Vietnam, Laos, India, Turkey, Kenya, South Africa

One of the questions Chelsea asks on a global scale is: how do communities construct notions of health and healing? Chelsea is critical of biomedicine’s authority and concepts of normalcy and she aims to grow our collective understandings of whole person health and integrative medicine. As a Bonderman Fellow, Chelsea is eager to increase her exposure to diverse wellness traditions and their social entanglements in the human experience and built environment. While traveling through Vietnam, Laos, India, Turkey, Kenya, South Africa and beyond, Chelsea makes a mindful choice to surrender to the unknown. Chelsea sees this fellowship is an invitation to expand her frame of reference, cultivate self-awareness, and to grow her capacity for compassion through exploring that which connects us all.