Meet Dr. Jenifer White, alumna and founder of Project 1948
March 23, 2017
“What I enjoy most about my work is connecting and building strong supportive relationships around the world,” says Dr. Jenifer White, a graduate from the Online International Psychology Doctoral Program.
Dr. White is the founder of Project 1948, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that combines photography and the human voice as a platform for social impact in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The organization aligns with the United Nations Global Goals by the promotion of peace, justice, and strong institutions, through a two-part model: photography and policy change. Cameras are provided to young adult participants to document their daily lives. Following a photovoice interview, participants give direct insight into circumstances that require a policy change.
The photo-voice initiative helps people share their stories and engage their community through photography. Participants reflect upon social needs, promote critical intercultural dialogue, gain a mutual understanding, and together are empowered to display their photographs in a public setting. Young adult participants are encouraged to begin a conversation with policymakers about their photos and community concerns in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“We believe photography holds possibility. Our voice helps us create a better world. Our success can be defined by creating a global brand. Each time we give a camera, we amplify a voice. We know that photography can help us see through a new lens,” explains Dr. White.
As an International Psychology graduate student, White traveled to Kigali, Rwanda and worked alongside Chicago Campus Dean, Dr. Tiffany Masson. While in Kigali, she witnessed the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide, and it was there she was inspired to bring an understanding of similar issues from the Bosnian Genocide.
Dr. White believes: “We give a camera! We give a voice!” and works hard to ensure her arts-based program based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, “prepares young adults to be leaders and advocates among community concerns and take initiative in beginning a dialogue with policymakers.”
“My education at TCSPP equipped my international career with advanced research and program development skills coupled with a rich appreciation for cultural diversity. Today, I am prepared to lead an NGO for resulting changes and elevate communities for global health,” she concluded.