Meet MGA Students


Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 60 countries including:

Afghanistan; Argentina; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belize; Botswana; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Finland; The Gambia; Ghana; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Myanmar; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; Singapore; South Africa; South Korea; Syria; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Venezuela; Vietnam; Yemen; and Zimbabwe.

Our 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.



Dakota Peterson

Dakota Peterson

Sustainable Development, 2023

United States

Dakota Peterson recently completed service work at a small nongovernmental organization in Quito, Ecuador, where she developed English and entrepreneurial leadership curricula for elementary school students. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she facilitated the promotion of food security for the organization’s 335 families and other under-resourced communities. She also collaborated on project design and created a database to analyze risk factors and create a strategic plan.

Before moving to Ecuador, Dakota taught English to immigrant families in a small, low-income community in southern Spain. She holds BA degrees in sociology and Spanish literature, with a concentration in leadership studies, from Gonzaga University. As a master of global affairs student, Dakota is the recipient of a Keough Family Fellowship.