The College is fortunate to have among its number two Rotary Peace Fellows, who will be in residence throughout 2018 and until the middle of 2019. Both are reading for the UQ degree of Master of Peace and Conflict Studies. The degree offers comprehensive workshops and lectures about conflict resolution methods and development issues in contemporary society.
Mr Norihiro Fujimoto
Mr Norihiro Fujimoto is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Port Nagoya (2760), and hosted by the Rotary Club of Brisbane Planetarium (9600).
Norihiro was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. He graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo with Bachelor of Human Sciences, majoring in Sports Science. After he graduated from university, Nori spent four years in private companies as a sales representative.
At the age of 27, Norihiro shifted his career towards the humanitarian sector in order to contribute to development in the world in a different way. Since then, he has served for six years as a humanitarian worker in the field and at the headquarters of a Japanese INGO. While working in the organisation, he was deployed to the Philippines, Nepal, and Turkey to provide assistance to people suffering from natural and man-made disasters. In the Philippines and Nepal, for example, he co-ordinated distribution of daily necessities to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in 2012 and the earthquake in 2015, respectively.
In Turkey, he supervised vocational training project for Syrian refugees in 2017. At the headquarters, he was in charge of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects in South Sudan, assistance for internally displaced persons and Afghan refugees (mainly persons with disabilities) in Pakistan, mine risk education and victim assistance in Afghanistan, maternal and child health services in Lao, Great East Japan Earthquake Relief Activities in Japan, to name a few. Having engaged in more than ten humanitarian projects in over eight different countries, he gained experience and knowledge in various humanitarian issues.
Norihiro is passionate about emergency assistance tackling large-scale humanitarian issues, which derived from his experience working on South Sudan humanitarian projects for four years. While carrying out the projects, he witnessed the moments that the country again went to war despite the support of the international community. Prior to arriving in Brisbane, he had been involved in a project assisting refugees from South Sudan at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.
After the completion of his present degree, Norihiro would like to pursue a career in the humanitarian sector, preferably serving for the United Nations, the Red Cross, or a Japanese governmental humanitarian organisation. He truly believes that the integration of his studies with his experience in the field will yield greater quality outcomes when providing assistance and working to achieve peace.
Norihiro is in residence with his wife, Natsuho.
Ms Morgan Marks
Ms Morgan Marks is sponsored by the Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Rotary Club (7430), and is hosted by the Rotary Club of Brisbane (17787).
Morgan hails from the USA, and was most recently living in Montana, where she worked with the Montana Registered Apprenticeship Program towards the promotion of inclusion and equity for vulnerable populations of people: women and American Indians. She brings with her a Master of Arts in International Human Rights with a Certificate of Humanitarian Assistance, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Government. She lived and worked abroad with the United States Peace Corps in Zambia for twenty-seven months as a Rural Aquaculture Extension Volunteer and served two ten-month terms with national service programs under the umbrella of AmeriCorps, one in inner city Philadelphia with City Year Greater Philadelphia and the other in rural Montana with the Montana Conservation Corps. She believes in service work and that time is the greatest gift she can give another.
Morgan has had the privilege to be on both sides of leadership development programs, as both a teacher and a learner, but believes that she is always learning. She knows certain things to be true: her passion for mediation and bringing people together, her belief that peace is possible and that through dialogue, participatory facilitation, empowerment, and listening, conflict can be resolved without war and without violence. She is committed to bridging gaps, working to find common ground, and towards the work of peace.
Morgan’s areas of focus are: Equity and Inclusion, Indigenous Populations, Cross-Cultural Communication, and Mediation. She applied three times for this opportunity, believing that the third time was the charm, as they say, and is incredibly humbled for the opportunity to be studying at The University of Queensland (UQ) with such strong support from her home Rotary district.
Morgan adds that she is enjoying her time living at St John’s and working as Senior Resident. She decided to live on campus to be a part of a community, and says that St John’s has allowed her to study and have a real home here at UQ.
by Rev’d Prof Rodney Wolff, Warden