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Steven Folmar (Ph.D., Case Western Reserve), is an applied cultural anthropologist whose main interests are in Medical and Psychological Anthropology, Social Status and Development. He has conducted fieldwork in Bangladesh, India, and the United States, but his primary, ongoing research interests are in Nepal, where he also conducts the Summer Program in Nepal. He is involved with the Center for Global Programs and Studies, assisting with issues of cultural competency at Wake Forest. Dr. Folmar works closely with NGOs (he is on the Advisory Committee of the International Commission for Dalit Rights) and committees in Nepal to help Dalits pursue equal political and social status and relevant development goals.  Folmar also serves on the Executive Council of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies.

A critical concern is also to assist Dalit and other communities in  pursuit of social justice and self-identified development needs. To that end, he helps with raising funds and distributing them directly to such communities, empowering them to make their own decisions about how to use these funds.