Alumni Stories

Melissa Cuevas

Melissa Cuevas-2019

Hometown:  Mountain View, CA
Additional Degrees:  Chinese (minor), Spanish (minor) and Latin American Studies (minor)
International Experience: Mexico, Dominican Republic
Internship Experience: Intern for Senator Patty Murray’s Seattle Office, Virtual intern for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Intern for NorCal World Trade Center
Extra Curriculars: Student Alumni Ambassadors

Michael Ninen in Taxco, Mexico

Michael Ninen -2020

Hometown:  Portland, OR
Additional Degrees:  Spanish (Major); Latin American Studies (Minor)
International Experience:  Mexico, Guatemala
Internship Experience:  One Equal Heart Foundation
Extra Curriculars:  Leadership Committee on Intersectionality and Justice (LCIJ); International Studies Advisory Board; Connections Leadership Program Mentor for students of color (CLP); First to Soar Peer Mentor for first generation students.

Genevieve Jesse


Genevieve Jesse -2018

Hometown:  Omaha, NE
Additional Degrees: French (Major)
International Experience:  Grenoble France (French in-France program)
Internship Experience:  Days for Girls International (Seattle, WA)
Extra Curriculars:  Women's Soccer, Co-Ed Club Soccer, Université Grenoble-Alpes Club Soccer

Luke Christensen

Lucas Christensen-2020

Hometown:  St. Louis, MO
Additional Degrees:  Political Science (Major), Arabic (Minor)
International Experience:   Salamanca, Spain
Internship Experience:   Mona Foundation;
Extra Curriculars:   Men’s Swim Team

Ruth Yohannes in front of the Eiffel Tower

Ruth Yohannes 2019

Hometown:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Additional Degrees:  Political Science (minor)
International Experience:  France
Internship Experience:  Sahar Education (Seattle), Tara Expeditions (Paris, France)
Extra Curriculars:  Director of Student Life, Student leader and mentor at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, French tutor

Andrew Orita

Andrew Orita 2020

Hometown:  West Windsor, NJ
Additional Degrees:  Japanese (minor)
International Experience:  Japan
Internships:  Intern at Japan Society in New York, NY; Intern at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in Trenton, NJ
Extra Curriculars:
Violinist in the SU Chamber Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra club at Sophia University

Isabeau Belisle Dempsey

Isabeau J. Belisle Dempsey - 2019

Hometown:  Chicago, IL
Additional Degrees:  (Spanish (major), Latin American Studies (minor)
International Experience:  México, Guatemala
Internship Experience:  Global Visionaries in South Seattle
Extra Curriculars:  Central America Initiative at Seattle University

David Lin

David Lin -2018

Hometown:  Spokane, WA
Additional Degrees:  History (major)
International Experience:  London, UK
Internship Experience:  Office of Senator Maria Cantwell – Seattle, WA; Security Properties – Seattle, WA
Extra Curriculars:   Seattle U Men’s Rugby Club; Kings College London Rugby Club

Hope Tucker with group of students in Indonesia

Hope Verenakaiwai Tucker 2018

Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia
International Experience: Serbia, Indonesia
Internship Experience: NGO Atina in Belgrade, Serbia

Ryan Giannini

Ryan Giannini -2018

Hometown:  Phoenix, Arizona
Additional Degrees:  Political Science (major); Asian Studies (minor); Japanese (minor)
International Experience:  Japan
Internship Experience:  City of Seattle Legislative Department
Extra Curriculars:  Seattle University Youth Initiative; Shorinji Kempo

Meaghan Bogart

Meaghan Bogart -2017

Hometown:  Portland, OR
Additional Degrees:  Latin American Studies (minor)
International Experience:  Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, Peru
Internship Experience:  Global Washington
Extra Curriculars:  SU running club; Casa Latina

Iris Ivanis

Iris Ivaniš -2017

Hometown:  Požega, Croatia
Additional Degrees:  Strategic communications (major)
International Experience:  United States, Slovenia
Internship Experience:  Seattle University Athletics
Extra Curriculars:  Seattle University Volleyball; Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; volunteering - Seattle University Gala, Forterra Seattle, Seattle Expanding Your Horizons, and St. Mary’s Food bank

Olivia Mejia-Martinez

Olivia Mejia-Martinez -2017

Hometown:  Los Angeles County, CA
Additional Degrees:  French (major); Political Science (major)
International Experience:  France; Senegal; Nicaragua; Colombia
Internship Experience:  NPH USA; King County’s Prosecuting Attorney’s Office; Intake & Referral Legal Intern at King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Legal Clinic; Immigration Legal Intern, Law Office of Andre Olivie.
Extra Curriculars:  Seattle University Youth Initiative; Seattle U’s Professionals Without Borders; Student Executive Council; President of Sigma Iota Rho; Seattle U’s Orientation Programs; Spanish & English language teacher in Grenoble, France; Peer Advisor and Office Assistant with Seattle U’s Education Abroad Office; Cast member in the Vagina Monologues (renamed the $#%$* Monologues) on-campus; Office of Multicultural Affairs’ first #BlackLivesMatter Retreat & Legislative Action Day

Cilia Jurdy standing in front of green foliage

Cilia Jurdy - 2016

Hometown:  Seattle, WA
Additional Degrees:  Art History (minor), International Economic Development (minor)
International Experience:  Amman, Jordan
Internship Experience:  Frye Art Museum, Shelley Morrison Associates
Extra Curriculars:   SU Sigma Iota Rho Honors Society

Andy Gorvetzian

Andrew (Andy) Gorvetzian -2015

Hometown:  Albuquerque, NM
Additional Degrees:  Spanish (major), Latin American studies (minor)
International Experience:  Semester in Santiago, Chile; research trips in Guatemala, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Nicaragua
Internship Experience:  Research intern, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Hyderabad, Telangana, India (SU International Development Internship Program); Data management and programming support, El Centro de la Raza, Seattle, WA
Extra Curriculars:  Coalitions Director, Seattle University Teens for Justice and Service (JustServe); Intramural basketball and soccer; Spanish tutor and conversation group facilitator

Daniel Griffith

Daniel Griffith -2012

Hometown:  Portland, OR
Additional Degrees: Spanish (minor)
International Experience:  Argentina, Philippines
Internship Experience:  U.S. Department of State internship at U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Extra Curriculars:  multicultural student organizations and International Student Center;
martial arts; event planning; large-scale cooking, bartending, and catering