Joseph Brandon Caplan

Joseph Brandon Caplan

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Joseph Brandon Caplan-Szuba is a Litigation Assistant at Lindsay, Hart, Neil & Weigler in Portland, Oregon and an avid practitioner of intercultural conflict transformation. Brandon earned his Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College (2008) with a focus in social movement theory. As a Bonner Scholar Brandon, explored the potential of service learning for human development. During his sophomore year Brandon traveled to Capetown, South Africa to participate in the International Human Rights Exchange. It was here that Brandon truly learned what it meant to civically engage and endeavor to shape one’s society. At the conclusion of the program Brandon remained in Capetown to work with Creative Education with Youth at Risk, or CRED, an organization devoted to providing a forum for self expression to youth in prison. With CRED Brandon participated in reflexive workshops, whereby participants developed ways to share their life stories with their home communities in the hopes of breaking the cyclical trappings of poverty and the penal system. Profoundly inspired by the transformative power of servant leadership Brandon traveled to Ramallah, Palestine to pursue an internship with the Palestinian Peace Coalition. The Palestinian Peace Coalition works to develop institutions for civic participation within the Palestinian community, and then provides a bridge for that community to engage with their counterpart in Jerusalem. Brandon spent the summer assisting youth camp participants brainstorm a year long development goal for their home community, and plan its implementation. Participants developed a sense of ownership over their futures absolutely necessary as a foundation for a meaningful peace process. During his four years at Earlham College Brandon volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County. Organizing team sporting events, homework clubs and art room Brandon learned how important a sense of belonging to one’s community is for an individual’s growth. The Boys and Girls Club demonstrates the necessity of a communal approach to learning for effective development, and provides a unique space for both members and volunteers to share in the rewards of service and companionship.

 

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