2014 Davis Grant Recipients

Read more about the Davis grant recipients and their projects!


Kelli Bosak

Kelli Bosak, a student at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, will use the grant for her project Generations of Us: An Intergenerational Storytelling Project on Chicago’s South Side.  The project will connect young adults living on Chicago’s South Side with older adults to share their personal experiences through oral history interviews.  The project is based on the perception that a lack of understanding and cultural divide exists between young and older adults.  Thus, the project aims to use the power of storytelling to promote intergenerational reconciliation and learning between young and older adults in communities impacted by poverty, violence, and the criminal justice system.  The project rests on the idea that intergenerational dialogue will promote peace by creating understanding and strong networks within the community.  Follow Kelli's work in Chicago!


Dahlia Hasta Colman

Dahlia Hasta Colman, a student in the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations, will use the grant for her project Renewing the Source of Peace: Youth-based Community Development in Bumthang, Bhutan.  The project aims to empower youth, women textile artists and the ancestral knowledge of community members by engaging youth in Participative Action Research (PAR), building sheep enclosures with youth in a hands-on PAR project, and starting a fledgling sheep flock in Umsang.  Ultimately, the project intends to rebuild the wool and textile based local economy of Umsang, revitalizing the traditional wisdom of shepherding, while gearing it toward modern economic opportunities.  The project rests on the idea that peace is the absolute expression of dignity of human society.  Follow Hasta's journey in Bhutan!


Shauna Taylor

Shauna Taylor, a student at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, will use the grant for her project We All Smile in the Same Language.  The project will initiate race relation intervention and awareness through diversity education at Camp Lesnaya Skazka, a children’s camp in Mari El, Russia.  The project is based on the recent racial tension that has arisen between the generally homogenous Mari El population and the families from Tajikistan who have recently inhabited Mari El.  The project will take children attending Camp Lesnaya Skazka through a diversity curriculum that will introduce games, skits, team exercises, and crafts to teach the value of diversity and new ways of thinking.  The project rests on the idea that peace results from an awareness, appreciation, and respect for diversity among all people.  Follow Shauna's Davis Project for Peace!