IDCE Students Profiles

Alexandra Pinschmidt (IDSC '2009)
IDCE Fellow

Alexandra Pinschmidt (USA) received her B.A. in biology from Boston University in 2001, and had opportunities to study abroad in Ecuador and China. She has worked with several domestic and international non-profits, focusing on a wide range of issues such as community building, education, world hunger, grassroots media, and homelessness. In 2003-2004, she volunteered with Humana People to People in rural Mozambique, teaching biology, chemistry, and sex education at a vocational school. Upon her return, she worked at Haley House, a small organization in Boston. There she lived in an intentional community that runs a soup kitchen for homeless men as well as several social and educational programs for the community. Fusing her interests of education, social justice, artistic expression, and empowerment, Ali has created a feature-length documentary film about the experiences of international volunteers in Mozambique, and is working on another film about homelessness and Haley House’s personal and radical approaches to social change. She hopes to continue to incorporate grassroots media in her work for change.