Nathalie DartNathalie Dart, a senior sociology major from Northern Arizona University, is among 42 Americans selected for the 2013 Humanity in Action Fellowship, an intensive international summer program that brings together college students and recent graduates from around the globe to explore human rights and minority issues.

Dart, who originally hails from North Pole, Alaska, was selected along with other fellows from universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and Ukraine. Fellows are chosen for their high academic standing, active participation in human rights issues and outstanding recommendations.

As part of the highly interdisciplinary fellowship, she will spend the month of June in Amsterdam attending daily lectures and discussions with renowned academics, journalists, politicians and activists, and will visit various government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, museums and memorials.

Dart said she’s always been interested in learning about people and human behavior, and she credits her sociology classes for elevating her awareness about social injustices. She said those same classes also sparked an “urgent” desire to take action.

“My need for positive, real and creative change draws me to organizations like Humanity in Action and professions where these ideals are promoted,” she said.

Last week, Dart participated in a three-day orientation workshop in Washington, D.C., that focused on European security and political issues and careers in the field of foreign policy.

The fellows will convene in Warsaw at the end of the month for the annual Humanity in Action International Conference.