Personal reflections from our Scholars and Alumni.

Callie Vandewiele

Callie Vandewiele

  • Alumni
  • United States
  • 2014 PhD Latin American Studies
  • Newnham College

Born in Utah, I was raised the oldest of six siblings first there and then just outside of Portland, Oregon. "Unschooled" until the age of 16 my foray into traditional education began with a handful of highschool classes, and then a dive into Spanish language, music and biology at the local community college, where I quickly developed a taste for academic work. As a non-traditional student I graduated first with an AAOT in General Studies from Clackamas Community College and then with honors from Pacific University in 2008, where I received a B.A. in Politics and Government. After graduation I lived and worked in the Alta Verapaz of Guatemala where I developed an interest in women's leadership education and the ongoing interactions between globalized western culture, local cultures and the evolution of ancient traditions.

Latest Blog

Celebrating sport and remarkable people

I admire sport.  I was one of the 150 million viewers that tuned in to the Olympics this past August, cheering wildly as my country defended its medal count, and as some of its most beloved athletes crushed old records. I will also be watching the Paralympics, an event occurring alongside the Olympics.  While networks […]

Achieving personal best(s) through the Olympic movement

As the curtain falls on a happy and glorious Olympic Games in the city of London, one cannot help but marvel at the spirit of the Games and its ability to unite people across cultures, across geographies and across generations. Not only did London revel and embrace the Olympic spirit and the power of sport, […]

How will the Olympics inspire girls?

Picture credit: photostock and   The London Olympics are upon us and they are shaping up to be quite extraordinary from the standpoint of advancing women’s athletics.  For instance this will be the first Olympic Games in which every Olympic nation is represented by a female competitor; it’s also the first time that women […]

Boxing in different corners

Boxing fans who gathered at Madison Square Garden on 16th June, 1983, were mightily surprised by the outcome of the fight they had just watched. Billy Collins Jr., on whose victory all the wise money was bet, was beaten into a bloody pulp by the scrawny-looking Luis Resto. When, after round ten, referees declared the […]

The final reckoning: how much should end of life care cost?

The big innovation in the 19th and 20th century was the acknowledgement that health is a systemic issue. If people do not seek medical advice for small problems due to economic reasons, these small problems can become big problems and cause further poverty. This realisation led, for example, to the establishment of the NHS in 1948. […]

Gender, development and structural change

Poverty is by no means a new issue – but the ways in which it is tackled by international, state and non-governmental actors are constantly evolving. Especially since the 1970s, women have been recognised as playing an important role in development. On a global scale, gender equality and female empowerment are recognised as pathways to […]

Uncovering Bangladesh’s Hidden Heart Disease Crisis

When Aftab Ahmed (not his real name) suffered a heart attack, the doctors attending him in Dhaka were puzzled. Unlike many typical heart disease patients, Aftab was in his 20s, he did not have high blood pressure, diabetes or high levels of blood fats and had never smoked (classical factors commonly found in cardiovascular diseases/ […]

Talented Law Graduate Faces Uncertain Future

I still remember the first time I met Jose Manuel Godinez Samperio. He was one of a handful of first-year law students who dropped everything to assist me in representing dozens of former workers from the Postville Iowa Meatpacking Plant disaster. These workers were undocumented immigrants from rural places in Central and Latin America, many […]

We’re drowning … Right? Accountability Journalism in the Digital Age

Many felt the financial crisis of 2008 would bring a final death to mainstream news enterprises in developed media markets. They feared this would leave citizens in the hands of “pajama”-clad bloggers. “The Internet” was a threat to accountability journalism and its outcomes, which so many of us valued as integral to democracy. Except the […]

Coming soon

The Gates Cambridge blog is for Gates Cambridge scholars and alumni. It will be launching on 1st June on the Gates Cambridge website. It will include news and views about all the brilliant research scholars and alumni are working on as well as blogs on all the many other activities they are involved in. See […]