Diana Hkawn is a counselor who is passionate about trauma healing and resilience building for conflict-affected populations. She has over seven years of experience providing psychosocial support to individuals and groups who suffer from direct and vicarious trauma due to prolonged conflicts in Burma. From 2020 to 2023, she worked in the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Roster Team of the United Nations Population Fund, Myanmar where she provided mental-health-related training and psychosocial support to humanitarian workers across the country. Moreover, she has also worked with several nongovernmental organizations, including Search for Common Ground, providing training on trauma-informed practice for their staff and community-based volunteers.
Diana holds a master’s degree in counseling from De La Salle University, the Philippines. Her experience of working in conflict settings as a mental health services provider inspires her to explore integration of mental health and psychosocial support interventions in peacebuilding. At the Keough School, she hopes to learn to view issues from multiple perspectives and work across multiple disciplines to become a more effective peacebuilder. Diana is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.