Jennifer Caldwell Endowed Fund

The Jennifer Caldwell Fund in Human Rights gives financial support to UW students working on hands-on Center projects to produce tangible human rights improvements for vulnerable communities around the world.

The Jennifer Caldwell Fund in Human Rights gives financial support to UW students working on hands-on Center projects to produce tangible human rights improvements for vulnerable communities around the world.

Jennifer Caldwell

Jennifer Caldwell

This fund has been established in the name of a cherished UW alumna, Jen Caldwell, to honor her passionate commitment to human rights. While at the University of Washington, Jen was known for combining academic excellence with working for justice. She played leading roles in efforts to educate the campus community about rape and sexual violence, in switching our campus to 100% fair trade certified coffee, and in raising funds to support scholarships for young people who work on Guatemalan coffee plantations through the UW Guatemala Education Project.

Upon her graduation in 2007, the Law, Societies and Justice program awarded her the Karin Stromberg Award in recognition of her outstanding combination of scholarship with public service. She also won the prestigious Bonderman Fellowship, which enabled her to travel around Latin America and Africa after graduation. Jen stayed in South Africa in order to help shape a new effort to encourage forms of global tourism based on equitable and sustainable relationships with local communities in poor countries. While in South Africa, she was killed in a tragic accident in September 2009.

Read more about Jennifer Caldwell in a UW Daily article on her life and legacy.