2011 Fellow: Rebecca Scherpelz (GDPU)
Rebecca Scherpelz lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she has spent the last two and a half years working with Best Buddies, an international non-profit whose mission strives for inclusion and leadership opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A 2008 graduate of Butler University, Rebecca earned her degrees in International Studies and Anthropology/History, with minors in French and Peace Studies. Her interest in international work started as an undergrad, prompting an opportunity to lead service trips to Uganda, where she lived and volunteered in Gulu and Kampala after graduation.

For the summer of 2011, Rebecca is excited to return to Northern Uganda to serve as a Peace Fellow with the Gulu Disabled Persons Union (GDPU). The GDPU, which is comprised of five advocacy groups, aims to support people with disabilities by advocating for accessible public buildings and promoting their involvement in local development efforts. Following the atrocities of the Lord's Resistance Army, the population of people with disabilities in Northern Uganda is disproportionately high, yet reconstruction efforts have given little attention to their needs. Rebecca looks forward to working with the GDPU and supporting their efforts.
Rebecca enjoys traveling, running, music, being part of communities, learning new languages, a good sense of humor, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs year after year! Rebecca's childhood in a loving home with selfless parents truly inspired her to lead a life of service, and she is humbled to be surrounded by friends and family who share her vision for a more peaceful tomorrow.
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