Announcing the 2020-21 Hart Fellows



Durham, North Carolina – The Hart Leadership Program is proud to announce the 2020-21 Hart Fellows.

Since 1995, the Hart Fellows Program has provided recent Duke graduates with the opportunity to partner with community-based organizations around the world and in the United States for intensive, 10-month fellowships. Hart Fellows conduct research projects in collaboration with their host organizations, while simultaneously developing their own understanding of ethical leadership as they encounter and engage with the social and political complexities of their work.

From an outstanding pool of applicants, two graduating seniors were selected as this year’s Hart Fellows based on their track records as leaders on and off campus, their demonstrated capacity for thoughtful engagement to address societal challenges, and their compelling project proposals.

Tyler Kopp will spend his fellowship in Mexico City with Otros Dreams en Acción, an organization focused on providing support and advocacy for people who were deported from the United States. The fellowship marks a return to ODA for Kopp, as he interned there during the summer of 2018. He hopes to work on a project supporting the group’s family reunification initiative and help with policy analysis. At Duke, Kopp—a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar—led the Peer Advocacy for Sexual Health organization and was the Latinx Member Services Coordinator for the Community Empowerment Fund. He was also a legal intern for Immigration Equality in New York City and a teaching assistant in the Sanford School of Public Policy. Originally from Boiling Spring Lakes, N.C., he is gradating with degrees in public policy and Spanish.

Kopp noted that he is motivated to work on immigrant justice issues because of his personal experiences.

“I’m committed to fighting for human rights and justice beyond deportation and family separation because knowing what isolation from families and communities can feel like, and listening to the returned community speak about their experiences with it, I don’t see non-action as an option,” Kopp said.

Sujal Manohar will work at Imagine Art, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit art studio which provides an inclusive studio and art space for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. She hopes to better understand the needs of artists with disabilities through a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the organization’s existing initiatives. She also plans to engage the community directly in a collaborative art project. At Duke, Manohar—an Alice M. Baldwin Scholar—was the photography editor for The Chronicle and a neuroscience research assistant in the Pearson Lab. Her original artwork has been displayed at the Rubenstein Arts Center and the Student Wellness Center. Originally from Dallas, she will graduate with a BS in neuroscience and a BA in visual arts.

Manohar noted that though her dual degrees in science and art may seem divergent, she does not see them that way.

“My work with people impacted by illness and disability has shown me how the arts can create unique avenues for communication and collaboration with these groups,” Manohar said. “Art can empower individuals of all abilities to express themselves, providing an opportunity for self-reflection and relationship building.”

In light of travel restrictions due to COVD-19, both fellows will begin their work remotely, transitioning to in-person once conditions improve. For more information about the Hart Fellowship, visit the Hart Leadership Program’s website or contact lalita.kaligotla@duke.edu.

Image caption: The Hart Leadership Program is excited to announce that Tyler Kopp (left) and Sujal Manohar (right) will be the 2020-2021 Hart Fellows.

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