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 May 2, 2000

Senior Janelle Wright Wins Labouisse Fellowship

Princeton, N.J. -- Senior Janelle Wright will receive Princeton University's Labouisse Fellowship, awarded to support research by a graduating senior or first-year alumnus planning a career devoted to problems of development and modernization.

Wright plans to use the $15,000 grant while she works in Durban, South Africa, assisting with the establishment of a community-based development corporation. She will work with the Built Environment Support Group, a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the living environment of residents in urban areas of Kwa-Zulu-Natal.

"The knowledge gained during this year will enable me to transition from a solely domestic focus to a more international perspective on the urban development and infrastructure challenges facing distressed populations around the world," Wright said.

A Woodrow Wilson School major, Wright is concentrating in urban and regional planning and also earning a certificate in African-American Studies. At Princeton, she has served on the planning committee for the 30th Anniversary of Women at Princeton and was a Resident Adviser in Rockefeller College. In her junior year she chaired the governance board of the Third World Center; as a sophomore, she volunteered at the Clay Street Learning Center.

Originally from Wilmington, Del., Wright is a graduate of the Tower Hill School.

The Labouisse Fellowship, which is awarded annually, was established in 1987 to honor the memory of Henry Richardson Labouisse '26, who held posts in the State Department and United Nations for nearly 40 years. He served as head of UNICEF from 1965 to 1979.