May 21, 2015

Principled Problem Solving Scholars Undertake Summer Internships

Guilford College’s Principled Problem Solving Scholars Program engages students in a yearlong series of classroom and hands-on learning experiences focusing on identifying and solving significant problems.

The PPS Scholars Program, hosted by the Center for Principled Problem Solving, uses a unique interdisciplinary curriculum to teach effective and ethical approaches for making social change through innovation and direct engagement. This curriculum is informed by the College’s Core Values and shaped by the seven stages of the Principled Problem Solving Model which include: identifying values, strengths, and problems, researching about an issue in context; discerning in a group the direction to move; imagining alternative positive outcomes; planning sustainable action to address a problem; acting to address the problem; reflecting about what has been learned.

Fourteen students have completed the PPS Scholars Program coursework and have been placed in summer internships with organizations operating in diverse contexts on four continents. These PPS Scholars will spend six to eight weeks applying their knowledge, experience and ethical leadership skills to a problem or issue identified by the host organization.

Here are the host organizations and the students undertaking PPS summer internships for 2015:

Light and Leadership Initiative, Lima, Peru.
Jocelyn Foshay will manage a mobile library for disadvantaged adolescents.

Yearly Meeting of Rwanda
Yves Dusenge will develop a website for the Quaker Yearly Meeting of Rwanda, bringing together resources for the Friends Schools, Congregations, and Libraries in Rwanda, Africa. He will also teach computer classes at Friends Peace Libraries. While in Rwanda, Yves will also create and host an educational access summit for Rwandan youth to learn about higher education. This work will be supported as a Principled Problem Solving Partnership Project.

Center for New North Carolinians, Greensboro
Vung Ksor will conduct research about hypertension in the Montagnard community.
Jennifer Urdaneta will develop cultural competency programs to bring greater understanding between diverse immigrant and refugee populations in Greensboro.

Moore and Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte, NC
Ben Winstead will work in the Public Affairs division of the Moore and Van Allen law firm, researching and preparing documents for public policy advocacy.

Cape Fear River Watch, Wilmington, NC
Davia Young will help create a curriculum for the Eco-Camp for children that incorporates lessons about environmental racism and the history of race—particularly the Wilmington Race Riots—into a study of the natural environment.

America’s Unofficial Ambassadors, Tajikistan
Amaris Prince will teach English to adults and children in Tajikistan, while serving as an “unofficial ambassador” in the Muslim world.

North Carolina State University Athletics Department, Raleigh
Reese Setzer will mentor youth of all ages in summer football camps and will assist in recruiting for NC State athletics.

Women’s Resource Center, Greensboro
Beverly Spencer will serve as a Resource Counselor and a workshop facilitator with women from diverse backgrounds in need of assistance.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee
Eliana Weiner will work for the National Park Service, developing a curriculum to teach children about protecting the fireflies in the Park.

Foodcorps/4-H/Guilford County Extension Office, Greensboro
Francesca Benedetto will teach children and youth from diverse communities in Guilford County about gardening, cooking, and nutrition.

Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program, Brooklyn, New York
Ava Nadel will serve as a communications intern, documenting a summer camp for children at Brooklyn cultural sites.

Interactive Resource Center, Greensboro
Derek Dunham will develop a curriculum based on the Principled Problem Solving Model for people experiencing homelessness, to engage them in making a positive impact in their communities.

Lakeland Cultural Arts, Inc. Littleton, N.C.
Cristina Gutterson will be developing a sustainable business plan for the children’s community theater program at the Lakeland Cultural Arts Center while also helping with community theater productions.

For more about the PPS Scholars Program and the Center for Principled Problem Solving, visit the Principled Problem Solving page on the Guilford College web site or contact Jennie Knight at or Mark Justad at