Open Eyes, Compassionate Heart

Submitted by Villanova

From helping earthquake victims in Haiti to brainstorming ways to fight poverty in Rwanda, human-rights advocate Ivanley Noisette '08 LAS has made it his mission to serve people in need.

Both his family at home and his Villanova family instilled in Noisette the values of service and academic achievement. As a Villanova student, he mentored young people facing life challenges at a North Philadelphia high school.

Noisette's academic feats have enabled him to pursue his passion to serve. While at the William J. Clinton School of Public Service, he heard about the earthquake in Haiti. He launched Hope for Haiti Little Rock to raise funds for relief organizations and, later, to assist with disaster preparedness.

When cholera broke out in Haiti in fall 2010, he traveled there to educate tent communities about preventing the spread of disease. He now partners with Catholic Relief Services in the areas of protection and disaster relief.

Also in 2010, Noisette was in Rwanda writing strategic plans for the Ministry of Education. Struck by the number of children begging in the streets, he teamed up with a local NGO to craft a vulnerable children's initiative and action plan.

As Villanova's first recipient of the prestigious George J. Mitchell Scholarship, he will study Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

Of Noisette, A. Marie Toyoda, PhD, associate professor and chair of Villanova's Department of Political Science, says, "We're looking at a future world leader."