Anand Macherla from Honors College, a senior Economics major, and UNM’s Devrim Tiryaki, a senior Economics and Political Science major, recently won the Social Venture Challenge representing the United States. 

The Resolution Social Venture Challenge (SVC) is a multi-step competition designed to inspire undergraduate students to propose impactful, socially-responsible projects that address pressing social issues around the world. 

SVC Winners are provided lifelong Resolution Fellowship. Macherla and Tiryaki presented their proposal “Refugee Film Festival” at the World Model United Nations’ 2018 conference in Panama City in March. 

Macherla and Tiryaki’s project aims to empower young refugees to be their own life’s authors. By providing film-making training and access to equipment, they can create a short film of their choosing and screen them at the Refugee Film Festival in Albuquerque, N.M.

"We are honored and excited to have been awarded a Resolution Fellowship for our idea of hosting a refugee film festival,” said Macherla. “By partnering with various organizations that work with refugee children and equipping them with the technical skills to produce short films, we hope to change the narrative around the refugee experience in today's world. We could not have done it without UNM's support.”