Meet MGA Students


The Keough School’s inaugural master of global affairs class includes 38 students from 22 countries: Afghanistan, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Ukraine, the United States, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.

The students bring a wealth of professional experience in international development, education, peacebuilding, environmental conservation, human rights, humanitarian assistance, journalism, and other fields. All students in the class have received fellowships thanks to a number of generous families, as well as foundation support and funding from institutes and the University more widely.



Jamie McClung

Jamie McClung

Global Affairs + Specialization

United States

Jamie McClung served at Bahamas Methodist Habitat, a construction nonprofit organization based on the outlying Bahaman island of Eleuthera. Because of her experiences on the island, she researched small island development and studied Mandarin Chinese while earning a B.A. degree in development studies from Brown University. Jamie is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Jasmine Passa

Jasmine Passa

International Peace Studies

United States

Jasmine Passa recently taught at the University of Niš in Serbia as a Fulbright Scholar. While in Serbia, she provided translation services for Urdu-speaking refugees and migrants and established a multilingual library in Belgrade. She also has worked in Islamabad for Forum for Dignity Initiatives, a Pakistani research and advocacy nongovernmental organization for gender and sexual minorities. She holds a B.A. in political science from Denison University and speaks Urdu and Serbian. Jasmine is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.

Jenna Ahn

Jenna Ahn

Sustainable Development

United States

Jenna Ahn served as a volunteer social worker at Farm of the Child, a children’s home in Honduras. Most recently, she worked in community-based learning at Santa Clara University’s Ignatian Center while consulting on a startup initiative focused on providing sustainable and affordable housing options in developing countries. She holds a B.A. in theology and pre-health studies from Notre Dame, and speaks Spanish and Korean. Jenna is the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.

Juanita Esguerra Rezk

Juanita Esguerra Rezk

Sustainable Development

Colombia

Juanita Esguerra Rezk has worked on the reintegration of former combatants and reparations for victims following decades of armed conflict in Colombia. She also has served in the European Commission Humanitarian Office, focusing on humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons and refugees and its link to development and peace initiatives. Juanita holds a B.A. in political science from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá. She is a Fulbright Scholar.

Kathleen Kollman

Kathleen Kollman

Global Affairs + Specialization

United States

Kathleen Kollman lived and worked with refugee and immigrant women at a Catholic Worker house in Houston. She also volunteered with the Maryknoll community in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she worked with incarcerated women and young people with HIV. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester in Jerusalem studying at Bethlehem University and Hebrew University. She holds a B.A. in theology and international peace studies from Notre Dame. Kathleen is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.

Lamia Sameen Malik

Lamia Sameen Malik

International Peace Studies

Pakistan

Lamia Sameen Malik most recently worked for an international development company, implementing peacebuilding and community development initiatives for state entities, local organizations, and community groups in Pakistan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing from the National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan and a graduate certificate in inclusive security, international policy and practice from the SIT Graduate Institute in Washington, D.C. Lamia is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.

Leah Walkowski

Leah Walkowski

Sustainable Development

United States

Leah Walkowski served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, promoting youth empowerment and gender equality among local communities. She speaks Acholi, the language of Northern Uganda, and is conversant in Kiswahili. After returning from Uganda, she worked for the YMCA to promote positive youth development in Minneapolis. She holds a B.S. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Leah is the recipient of a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.

Loyce Mrewa

Loyce Mrewa

International Peace Studies

Zimbabwe

Loyce Mrewa has worked as a researcher for legal and multidisciplinary research institutes, analyzing issues related to children, persons with disabilities, and constitutional and human rights law. She has published work focusing on international humanitarian law, women’s rights, and children’s rights. She speaks Shona, an official language of Zimbabwe, and is learning French. She holds L.L.B. and L.L.M. degrees with a specialization in international law. Loyce is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.

 


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