Meixi Ng Wins Princeton in Latin America Fellowship

Meixi Ng Wins Princeton in Latin America Fellowship

Meixi Ng
Meixi Ng (BS10) won a Princeton in Latin America Fellowship to do research and work with teachers in rural communities of Mexico. Starting in September, she will be affiliated with Conviviencia Educativa, possibly working on education initiatives and policy, and also working with the Ministry of Education in Mexico. 

Ng is interested in researching transformative education in marginalized communities, seeking to find best practices and guiding principles that can then be shared in a broader context. Anticipating her experience in Mexico, she says, “I think it'll give me a grounding I need to understand international and comparative education and how we take ground-up movements and make them into policy,” she says.

The Princeton in Latin America Fellowship is a fitting follow-up to Ng’s research last summer when she traveled the globe studying education. She won the Circumnavigators Club Foundation Around-the-World Travel-Study Grant in 2010 for her project "Education as Transformation: The Power of Schools." As part of this project, she visited schools in countries including Guatemala, Peru, Singapore, Ghana, Thailand and France. "I applied to PiLA out of a growing love for Latin America, its people and culture, after being to both Guatemala and Perú doing thesis research there with two schools," she says.

"I'm thrilled by this opportunity and can't thank SESP enough for preparing me well for an experience of a lifetime like this," she says. "SESP has been nothing but supportive of my research and work outside the classroom walls and has provided countless opportunities for me to explore, discover and create. Through the practicum experience and the senior thesis process, I was able to craft, own and dive into the world of research with world-class faculty who never hesitated to go the extra mile to support my passions."

Considering her long-term goals in education, she notes, "I see a great need for building stronger school community partnerships as a way to develop communities from the inside out, and as a way to help students to think about social change. I'm not sure how this drive and passion will manifest in the long term, but I know I want to be in schools, to work with school leadership and help build their capacity to be centers of change in tough and marginalized communities. With Conviviencia Educativa, I'll be helping to build learning communities in various rural areas in Mexico. This experience in Mexico is going to help shape my dreams, and give me a clearer sense professionally and personally of what role I want to play in schools, so I'm really excited about that."

As a senior at SESP, Ng was the first recipient of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Prize for Community Service. The prize honors a student who exemplifies leadership and service through participation in University and community activities.

In the summer of 2009, Ng served as the first undergraduate intern of the United Nations Interagency on Human Trafficking in Bangkok, Thailand, where she proposed a new counter-trafficking framework for Cambodia. She is the co-founder of the Amber Initiative, an international humanitarian organization that benefits children in Southeast Asia. This youth-led organization is dedicated to fighting human trafficking by building the capacity of educational spaces.

On campus, Ng co-founded several organizations at Northwestern, including the Northwestern Engagement Coalition, the International Students Association and the Northwestern World Cup, which she also directed. In addition, she served as a community consultant for Evanston Township High School.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 4/11/11