Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Fellows for Peace come to Middlebury and Monterey from all walks of life and leave with skills they need to pursue their diverse professions and initiatives. Hundreds of program alumni are now working for the greater good, all across the globe.


Group photo of 2016 Fellows with Middlebury President Laurie L. Patton

Nathalie Rengifo Alvarez, 2016 Kathryn Davis Fellow
Nathalie is familiar with this dynamic of mistrust, and she knows it is a prescription for violence. In her native Colombia, corruption exacerbated by the drug trade and ongoing war means that people do not feel protected by police. The relationship between law enforcement and the citizenry is adversarial, and officers of the law sometimes endanger lives instead of protecting them.

Brendan Hoffman, 2016 Kathryn Davis Fellow
Brendan dabbled with photography in high school and studied art history in college, but it wasn’t until he took a short course in documentary work, at the International Center of Photography in New York City, that he felt compelled to build a career as a photojournalist. “I wanted to see more of the world with my own eyes,” he says.

Brett Stark, 2016 Kathryn Davis Fellow
Brett always lamented not being able to hold his own in Spanish with his grandmother, who had immigrated to the U.S. from Chile early in her life. It had been his father’s first language as well. But after Brett’s summer as a Kathryn Davis Fellow, the three generations could finally have a conversation entirely in the language of their heritage.