Fellowship in Fashion
Jasmine Summers, BA ’16, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, KSU Fashion School graduate, wrote, “I’ve spent the last year living in the capital city of Cambodia, running a fashion vocational training program for Nomi Network, a nonprofit economic development agency that seeks to eliminate human trafficking in India and Cambodia through education and economic empowerment.
“I’m returning to Cambodia in September for a second year to continue giving back my skills and education by supporting the education, up-skilling, capacity building and market growth of rising designers, social enterprises and producers who employ and empower impoverished women in Cambodia, so that they have more options than just factory work, sex work or migrant work.
“In my role as Nomi Network’s international fashion fellow, I oversee curriculum development, volunteer trainer recruitment and teach within my own areas of expertise. I also manage design and product development for Nomi’s fashion brand, mostly accessories and apparel, made in Cambodia and sold in the United States. My first collection will launch later this year.”