by Rebecca Arrington
Collins visited Rwanda last year as an intern with the U.N.s
Genocide Tribunal. To document her work she took photos, which
she presented at an exhibition in U.Va.s Fayerweather
Hall this year.
Colllins takes on international
Ryann Collins ongoing interest in furthering human rights
will take her to Cambodia a few months after graduating from U.Va.
The support of a Luce Scholarship will enable her to help investigate
Khmer Rouge war crimes.
in Rwanda last year as an intern with the United Nations War Crimes
Tribunal was one of the keys to Collins getting the Luce scholarship.
Henry Luce Foundation selects 18 non-specialists in Asian studies
for yearlong internships and jobs. Collins is the seventh U.Va.
student to receive the scholarship. She will study the Khmer language
at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute in Wisconsin before
would never have applied if I wasnt in the International
Residential College, said Collins, a foreign affairs
major. Principal Brad Brown encouraged her to apply.
daughter of an AT&T employee, grew up in Switzerland, France
and New Jersey. Her commitment to human rights activism helps
her not be afraid of devoting time to areas considered dangerous.
If you go in with an open mind and get involved with the
people, they respond and treat you well, she said.