Jainey Bavishi, a 2003 Duke graduate in public policy and cultural anthropology, is a photographer and writer who, as an undergraduate, documented communities in Havana, Cuba; Kerala, India; and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her work abroad, sponsored by Students of the World, a student organization at Duke, focused on cultural immersion and documentation.
Jainey has a long-standing interest in working with youth. She directed a residential leadership program addressing issues of social justice and inclusion for high school students with the National Conference for Community and Justice in Charlotte, North Carolina, during the summers of 2000 and 2001. In 2002, she facilitated a capacity-building program for youth with the Quaker Peace Centre in Cape Town, South Africa. During the summer of 2003, Jainey served as a faculty advisor for the Global Young Leaders Conference, exploring global affairs with international high school students in Washington, D.C., and New York City.
During fall 2003, Jainey continued her studies in documentary work at the Center for Documentary Studies before leaving for Orissa, India, for her Lewis Hine Fellowship with the Committee for Legal Aid to the Poor (CLAP). CLAP provides legal knowledge and services in local languages to marginalized individuals and families.