Degree: Master of Arts in International Development and Master in Global Cooperation at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan
Interests: cross-cultural interaction in development, gender and youth
Where are you from: St. Paul, Minnesota
Past Development Experience:
Following graduation from Oberlin College, I received an Oberlin Shansi Fellowship to teach English and work with the NGO Jagori Rural Charitable Trust (JRCT) in Himachal Pradesh, India. JRCT is a feminist organization that also worked in the areas of youth, organic and sustainable agriculture, and rural political involvement. Although my work was focused on teaching English and working with youth, I was peripherally a part of many of JRCT’s projects and planning meetings.
The area I lived in, near the Tibetan Government in Exile in Dharmsala, India, is richly saturated with both international and grassroots NGOs. Working with JRCT and seeing the work of the other NGOs in the communities around me, I found that I wanted to get more involved in the development process beyond my English classroom. I wanted a cross-departmental, professional education to give me the flexibility to work both at an international and local level with development programs, which, in turn, led me to International Development at SIS.