Elie Wiesel Foundation Essay
Leslie Bickford, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) and associate professor of English, encouraged Barkley to enter the essay contest.
The idea for these centers came to the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity from seeing the growing need for safe and educational centers for the Ethiopian-Jewish refugees in Israel.After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in sociology and education and eventually a Ph. Business Ethics Magazine is delighted to once again publish winning essays by the top finishers in the Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics essay contest.First-generation, low-income students face a unique set of challenges when they enter college.No one knows that better than Winthrop University senior Ana Barkley.Wiesel has experienced inequality first hand through the Holocaust and has been working in several different areas involving the Holocaust. The foundation opened up two "Beit Tzipora Centers" in Israel for Ethiopian Jews fleeing violence in Africa.The Foundation’s mission statement, created in remembrance of the Holocaust, is "to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality." However, Wiesel would not let this setback prevent the foundation from holding to its mission. The centers are named after Elie Wiesel's younger sister, who was killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII.Together the two locations of the Beit Tzipora Centers provide more than 1,000 children with after-school programs.Formally inaugurated on July 25, 2007, the former Ashkelon center was made-over with new classrooms, technology and an auditorium.The contest is an annual competition that “challenges college students in the U. to submit essays on the urgent and complex ethical issues that confront us in the modern world.” First place winner of the 2015 Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics is Alexandra Stewart, University of New Mexico, Class of 2015.Stewart, an International Studies major from Edmond, OK, won first place for her essay, “The Ethics of Transcendence,” in which she discusses a personal encounter with familial sexual violence as a teenager.