Dominic Scarcelli studied political science and public policy at the University of Notre Dame. As part of a research team at Notre Dame, he published a report on the health of US democracy and impacts of inter-party communication following the 2016 presidential election. He also has interned with the consumer insight team of the Irish Food Board, where he produced reports on the legal and cultural landscape of international markets, and for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he drafted memos advising the Congressman on proposed legislation. As a master of global affairs student, Dominic was the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Current students and alumni from the master of global affairs program in the Keough School of Global Affairs represent more than 50 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; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; India; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kyrgyzstan; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Moldova; Mongolia; Morocco; Nepal; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; Taiwan; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; the United States; Uzbekistan; Vietnam; 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.
Jacqueline Shrader served as program director to a youth leadership development program serving emerging leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, she worked in rural Peru on a team of social workers with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, implementing and supporting youth programs. Jacqueline has conducted research in Guatemala on how female civil society and grassroots leaders are confronting gender-based violence. Jacqueline is fluent in Spanish, and she holds a bachelor of arts in theology and religious studies from Seattle University. As a master of global affairs student, she was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Marisa León-Gómez Sonet, a 2020 master of global affairs graduate, is the legislative associate for the immigration and refugee program at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. In this role, she works towards a more humane and dignified immigration and refugee system.
Marisa has worked with the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America on issues regarding US foreign policy to Latin American, human and immigration rights, and social justice. She also has also interned at the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation on genocide and mass atrocities prevention. Before coming to Notre Dame, Marisa interned at at the Trust for the Americas, an organization affiliated to the Organization of America States in Washington, DC, for economic and social inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a BA in global studies with an international development concentration. As a master of global affairs student, Marisa was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Opinion: Immigration policy must look beyond the border (North American Congress on Latin America)
Frank Spesia’s professional background focuses on education in underserved communities. He worked on primary education initiatives in Malawi and South Africa and taught 5th grade in Los Angeles as a member of the Alliance for Catholic Education. While teaching, he focused on creating a classroom and school community that was academically rigorous, safe, and inclusive. Frank holds an MEd from the University of Notre Dame and a BA in political science and peace studies from Notre Dame, where his research interests focused on social justice and education.
Nzubechi Pantaleon Uwaleme has five years of experience in the nonprofit sector with a special focus on peacebuilding programming and youth leadership development training. He worked as a project manager on the Emerging African Leaders Project of the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, Inc. where he helped students facilitate social projects for community development. Nzubechi serves on the board of AfriPeace Sustainable Development Foundation, a collaborative African partner, and affiliate of AfriPeace Development Foundation, which is focused on promoting peace education. Most recently, he established Students for Peace Network (peace clubs) in 10 secondary schools in the Nigeria. He earned a bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying from Federal University of Technology in Nigeria. As a master of global affairs student, Nzubechi is was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Eduardo Valdivia has worked as field and verification officer with the United Nations Mission in Colombia and as policy advisor on human rights and business with the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the United Nations. Through his career he has developed and implemented community engagement strategies with civil society groups and communities in their transition from conflict to recovery, with close attention to gender, ethnic, and human rights perspectives. He believes in the importance of public participation and citizen engagement as an effective tool to support peace efforts and capacity-building at the grassroots level. Eduardo is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Nate Van Duzer has worked with local policymakers and elected officials for nearly a decade, first as an aide to a Seattle city councilmember and most recently with the administration and elected school board of Seattle Public Schools. These positions allowed him to interact with advocates, constituents, and the media while pursuing legislative and policy improvements in areas ranging from criminal justice reform to early childhood education to gun safety. Nate was active in the Seattle community and volunteered with a nonprofit organization that partners with youth to help them exit street life. He holds a BA in history from Georgetown University, with a minor in Arabic and a certificate in Islam and Muslim-Christian Understanding. As a master of global affairs student, Nate was the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.
“Work–Life Intersections in Peacebuilding, Development, and Humanitarian Aid” (Journal of Peacebuilding & Development)
Mary Mumbi Wachira served as the national director and coordinator of Global Unites in Kenya. She collaborated in the development and establishment of youth peace-building and conflict transformation initiatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Liberia. Mary enjoys teaching and mentoring young people in civic participation and character leadership. She is interested in issues related to youth, education, and migration in the global south. She holds a bachelor of science in biochemistry and a diploma in project management. As a master of global affairs student, Mary was the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.