Sonia Urquidi studied abroad in London as an undergraduate and spent a summer in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she developed a music therapy program for a nongovernmental organization serving people with disabilities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in economics and music. Sonia is the recipient of a Keough School fellowship.
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.
Steven Wagner served with the Maryknoll China Teachers Program in Jilin, China, teaching medical English to nursing students at Beihua University. As a Maryknoll volunteer, he participated in development projects focused on China’s rural poor and HIV patients. He holds a B.A. degree from Notre Dame in political science and Chinese. Steven is the recipient of a Katter Family Fellowship.
Subhiya Mastonshoeva holds a specialist diploma in international relations. She has eight years of experience with gender and youth programming, beginning in Kyrgyzstan and continuing in Tajikistan with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Counterpart International. Most recently she worked in Tajikistan for International Alert, a British peacebuilding organization, where she led a project focused on sexual and gender-based violence prevention among women and girls. She speaks Tajik, Russian, Dari, and Shugni, an indigenous language spoken in southern Tajikistan. Subhiya is a Fulbright Scholar.
Timothy Machasio is passionate about enabling business growth for firms operating in developing countries. He is the co-founder of the Teen Entrepreneurship Network, a coalition of training, mentorship, and funding groups that support young Kenyan entrepreneurs. He has worked for the Boston Consulting Group, Google, Ashoka, and Equity Bank Limited. Timothy is a graduate of the African Leadership Academy and is a senior at Notre Dame, majoring in economics.
Zhu Qing is the former executive director of Tianjin Green Collar, a nonprofit environmental organization. In 2012, he interned with IFChina Original Studio, an independent film studio founded by a Notre Dame alumnus. Since 2013, he has traveled to more than 23 cities and regions in China to investigate water pollution, collaborating with teams of journalists, lawyers, villagers, and private sector employees. Zhu is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.