Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow 2010-2011
Victoria Fleischer comes to the Hine Fellowship through her undergraduate work at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke. She graduated in spring 2010 with a major in public policy and a Certificate in Documentary Studies.
Victoria has an extensive range of volunteer experiences from her home city of New York, in Durham, and in civic engagement placements in Paris, France, and Cape Town, South Africa. Her love for photography began while at the Dalton School in New York, where she was also an accomplished dancer and choreographer. While there, she spent considerable time working with the Citizen's Committee for Children, advocating for education, housing, health care, and juvenile justice for children in the Bronx.
While at Duke, Victoria continued to hone her expertise in photography and then began adding audio to create multimedia presentations. In preparation for a DukeEngage placement in South Africa, she added skills in video. While in South Africa, she worked closely with photographer Paul Weinberg, whose work was instrumental in garnering international support against apartheid. This experience, along with Duke classes in public policy and documentary, revealed in very tangible ways, "how art could help advocate and effect change."
Victoria worked with College Bound Dorchester, formerly known as Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses and serving the community of Dorchester since 1965. In the neighborhoods of Dorchester less than one-quarter of the adult population has a college degree. College Bound Dorchester works to ensure that all students view success in college as not just a possibility in their lives but as a baseline expectation.