The Eve Carson Selection Committee chose Kyle Villemain and Sarah MacLean 2014-2015 Eve Carson Scholars.
Sarah MacLean, of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, is majoring in Global Studies with minors in Hispanic Studies and Chemistry.
MacLean is a 2011 graduate of Croton-Harmon High School, where her interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders began. At UNC, she has worked with an autism research group at the UNC School of Medicine on an early intervention program for preschoolers with autism. While in Peru a few years ago, she saw how much the resources for and opinions about autism and other developmental disabilities differed from those in the US. This summer, she hopes to return to Peru to work with early intervention programs and further compare her experiences in the US and Peru.
MacLean works with Embody Carolina, a group that trains students and community members to be effective and compassionate allies for those with eating disorders. She also works with APPLES Service-Learning to better implement reflection and critical thinking to its various programs. She has enjoyed working as a recreational therapy volunteer at the NC Cancer Hospital and painting herself and others blue for UNC athletic events.
Kyle Villemain, of Carrboro, NC, is majoring in Peace War and Defense in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Villemain graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 2011. At UNC, he has had the opportunity to integrate his different passions together, combining his love for politics with a desire to effect change environmentally and socially around the world.
Villemain leads A Drink For Tomorrow, a campus student organization that addresses the global water crisis through awareness and direct action, taking an interdisciplinary approach and working closely with UNC’s Water in Our World Theme. Last year, ADFT completed a sustainable water system upgrade in Northern Peru and this January started a five-year relationship with a local Bolivian non-profit to fund a bio-sand water filter intervention in rural Bolivia. Villemain also conducts research with the Water Institute at UNC and is involved in the planning and execution of the Institute’s Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Energy and Climate Conference in March.
This summer, Villemain hopes to continue the work he’s started with the Nexus Conference and work with the United Nations on the development of the next set of global development goals, a process into which the Conference is currently inputting. In his free time, Kyle loves to run and is an avid fan of Chipotle burritos.