Rachel will graduate from Seattle U in 2021 with a degree in International Studies. Rachel’s drive to become an international studies major started with her immense passion for other languages and cultures. When she discovered the CLS program, she couldn’t think of a more perfect opportunity to expand her knowledge of the world and become a better global citizen. She will be spending the summer in Busan, South Korea, with other students selected by the Department of State to intensely study the Korean language and culture in a completely immersive environment. This program will help her connect with people around the world and propel her further in her journey towards a career in diplomacy
Laura is graduating in 2019 with two degrees in Art History with Honors and Photography, fields that have allowed her to work creatively in art education for the past four years. Laura has taught art at the Gage Academy and at the Frye Art Museum. She is excited to practice her teaching in a formal classroom setting as well as hone her German skills, two things which she plans on using to build her career as an art historian, artist and teacher.
As a graduating International Studies and Spanish student, Shayan is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be teaching English to students in Mexico through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. This fellowship will benefit her future goals as she plans to go to law school and work with immigrants. Mexicans are the largest immigrant group in the US, therefore learning about Mexican culture through experience will enhance her intercultural cooperation skills. The ETA will also familiarize her with how to be responsive to the language barriers that immigrants may face, as learning English becomes a large part of the success that they seek.
Julia graduated from Seattle University in 2018 with two majors in Humanities for Teaching and Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies. She hopes to use what she has learned at Seattle University to embrace community and collaboration in the classroom, and that her experience in Mexico will strengthen her pedagogical approach in multi-cultural learning environments. Upon returning to the United States, Julia will finish her Masters in teaching, obtain a bilingual endorsement, and work in a dual-language program.
Colleen will graduate from Seattle U in 2020 with a degree in International Studies. Colleen’s love of the Arabic language drove her to study abroad in Rabat, Morocco last fall. Her experience there sparked an interest in the exchange of people and goods throughout the Mediterranean Sea.This fall, Colleen will assist foreign service officers and other government officials in the Office of Political Economy in the Embassy in Valletta, Malta. Her hope is to gain hands-on experience in embassy work to prepare for a future career in the foreign service. Colleen is grateful for the opportunity to experience a new culture, meet new people, and live abroad again!
Melissa is graduating in 2019 with degrees in International Studies and Spanish. She has been awarded the Fulbright Binational Business Internship in Mexico, a program consisting of enrolling in a non-degree MBA program at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) while working full time for a Mexican company. As a future policy maker, this opportunity would allow her to develop a better understanding of Mexico’s business climate that she will use to support mutually beneficial U.S.—Mexico relations.
Arianna, an International Studies and Women and Gender studies double major, plans to pursue foreign service work with an emphasis in the Middle East and women’s rights issues. She wants to work with women living in Jordan to learn how they can be a bigger part of the narrative of peace conflict. With this scholarship, she will study Arabic to set up her career foundation in international affairs. Language comprehension is critical to cultural understanding. She has personal interest in pursuing this career choice as a young Muslim woman with Middle Eastern descent. Arianna looks forward to living in Jordan, a significant moderator for regional conflict, and host to millions of regional refugees.
Nizama graduated from Seattle U in 2018 with a degree in Criminal Justice. She hopes to use the Fulbright grant as a chance to expand internationally upon the criminal justice education she received on a domestic level. Nizama realized that her work could bring forth a voice of truth on how war and collective violence garners a roadblock for improvements in a post-conflict country from every direction. Her research project, entitled "The Bosnian War: Political Affiliation as a Means to Camouflage Criminality" will be analyzing how political affiliation and war can become a convenient camouflage to enable the amplification of local and regional criminal activity. This research will connect to her career goal of becoming an international lawyer.
Paul is a trained organic chemistry laboratory assistant and Biochemistry major at Seattle University. Under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Langenhan, he is involved in a current project aimed to produce a novel synthesis of glycosylated amino acids. Paul is interested in a broad range of topics in the biological and biochemical realm and has yet to make a decision on what feld of study he would like to pursue in graduate school, but he knows he wants to further his education at a prestigious research institution in order to obtain a Ph.D. Paul hopes to continue contributing his skills to the chemistry community in order to expand the feld outward in new directions.
Since graduating with a Bachelors of Social Work and Spanish in 2016, Michael has worked as case manager for unaccompanied immigrant children in the Seattle region. He uses his vacation time to assist the SU Central America Initiative and the Universidad Rafael Landívar in research of women’s leadership and gender based violence in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Michael’s Fulbright project, entitled "New Masculinities in Guatemala", will build on this project, further exploring the role of men in ending gender based violence. After his Fulbright research, Michael hopes to pursue dual masters studies in Social Work and Latin American Studies at UT Austin.
Madison has been studying Humanities for Teaching and Philosophy during her time at Seattle University, which has prepared her to teach in Indonesia. She is focused on providing an equitable education for all students and giving marginalized students a safe space to speak. Madison believes education is a foundation for all students in the United States, and therefore teachers have a large responsibility to support their students learning. She will be learning how to incorporate teachings of diversity and inclusion in Indonesia, as it has an extremely diverse population. She is excited to graduate and start her journey to become a more socially responsible human and teacher.
Maggie is graduating from Seattle U in 2019 with degrees in Philosophy and English Literature. Studying moral theory led Maggie to apply for programs which considered the role of morality in public service and civic leadership. The John Jay Fellowship will best prepare Maggie for law school, which she will begin in the fall of 2020, with the intent to focus on the ethics of the internet.
Serena is graduating from Seattle U in 2020 with a degree in History and minors in Business Administration, Chinese, and Philosophy. She was attracted to the possibility of pairing her historical and cultural analytical skills with her marketing experience to create social campaigns to combat hate speech online. Serena hopes that her experience in Poland will deepen her ability to analyze growing hateful rhetoric and how the internet can be used to combat it.
Allie will graduate from Seattle University in 2020 with degrees in Business Economics and Environmental Studies. This summer, Allie will be conducting research at Pennsylvania State University. Allie will use her economic and environmental studies expertise to conduct an economic feasibility analysis for the scalability of methane digester technology in the state of Pennsylvania. This exciting opportunity connects her passion for environmental justice with economic modeling, a growing field where she sees her future career.
Tristin Schultz is studying International Studies and was selected to receive a 2019 David L. Boren Scholarship to pursue intensive language training at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He is exited to explore the Korean culture and history that make up half of his identity. Furthermore, he hopes to use this experience to pursue a career in public service; his end goal is to work as a diplomat, fostering lasting economic and political stability in the Korean Peninsula.
Jasmine will graduate from Seattle University in 2019 with degrees in Humanities for Teaching and Sociology. Jasmine is passionate about teaching with an intersectional social justice framework that provides youth and community the tools to celebrate differences, and acknowledge shared humanities. Jasmine is looking forward to travel to her homeland, to see the vibrant colorful streets, the saris, the babies running around, to listen to her grandmother’s laughter and stories; but most of all, she is excited to meet the students. In Kanchipuram, India, Jasmine and her scholars will write and publish a collection of poetry in the scholars’ native tongue and English.