Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Havana McElvaine

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Sociology with College Honors


2017 Fellows

Hometown: Denver, CO

Travel Locations: Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Chile, Brazil, Liberia, Nigeria, India, Sri Lanka

Havana’s experience as a student athlete has shown her the overwhelming strength of collaboration and that, regardless of past experience, it is possible to achieve something meaningful within a diverse group. As she transitions away from athletics, she hopes to further explore these principles of unity in new ways, challenging herself to find community and teamwork in different contexts. Her solo journey will trace places impacted by the African Diaspora and transatlantic slave trade, with the goal of seeking deeper understanding of her own identity, blackness, history, and privilege. Her travels will include visits to Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Chile, Brazil, Liberia, Nigeria, India and Sri Lanka.