Class Notes & Profiles

A Swell Fellow

By Molly Finkelstein ’08

Dror Ladin ’05 has recently been awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. This prestigious fellowship includes a $20,000 grant for two years of graduate study for naturalized U.S. citizens or the children of two naturalized citizens. Ladin is using the grant to attend Yale Law School. He aims to continue his work in affirmative action advocacy, while also expanding to general human rights litigation and advocacy. He eventually hopes to become a law professor focusing on social and racial justice. In his application for the Fellowship, he wrote, “I intend to use my legal training to become an attorney at one of a number of organizations devoted to preserving domestic civil rights and promoting human rights internationally.”

Ladin plans to continue working with the Affirmative Action Media Intervention Project, where he will help develop a curriculum to teach future college students how to be affirmative action advocates. Also, he has been the senior research and policy fellow at the African American Policy Forum, where he led teams in writing educational and advocacy materials for affirmative action.