Niloofar Adnani holds a BSc in mechanical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology. She also has completed graduate-level coursework in women’s studies at Allameh Tabataba’i University. While volunteering for various nongovernmental organizations, Niloofar developed analytical skills and gained an understanding of intersectional oppression and structural inequality. She has organized educational camps for students in underserved parts of Iran, raised funds for school construction projects, and supported the production of handicrafts by the Baluchi people, a nomadic minority group. She also is an active translator for Harasswatch, an Iran-based group that aims to mitigate the normalization of harassment and assault in public spaces. Niloofar’s first goal as a socialist feminist and graduate student is to stand against discrimination. She is the recipient of a Riberas Orjales Family Fellowship.
The Keough School’s master of global affairs program, a two-year program, includes 74 students. Current students and MGA alumni represent more than 50 countries including:
Afghanistan; Argentina; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belize; Burkina Faso; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Ethiopia; The Gambia; Ghana; Haiti; Honduras; Hungary; Indonesia; Iran; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Lebanon; Mali; Mexico; Mongolia; Morocco; Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palestine; Peru; the Philippines; Russia; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Korea; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Ukraine; Uganda; the United Kingdom; 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.
Margaret Adomako recently worked at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre, where she supported West African peacekeepers. She has conducted research on post-conflict reconstruction in Côte d’Ivoire and conflict between farmers and herders in Ghana. A former field officer for the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana, Margaret has volunteered with the Ghana Volunteer Agency, a nonprofit network that provides volunteers to organizations in need. She is a graduate of the University of Ghana and the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Syeda (Fiana) Arbab is a Bangladeshi Muslim American and transnational feminist who has served as a racial justice and community organizer across the United States. Most recently, she conducted legislative analysis on youth justice for Georgia Shift, a nonprofit that encourages marginalized young people to participate in democracy. She is the former statewide youth organizer for the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, where she worked with youth in marginalized communities. Syeda graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a BA in women’s and gender studies and psychology and a minor in sociology. As an undergraduate, she was co-founder and president of the Social Justice League and also student body president. Syeda is the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.
Jaclyn Elizabeth Biedronski served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, where she taught English, led literacy interventions, and promoted youth empowerment and gender equality in local communities. She also is a former intern with Global Mamas in Ghana. A graduate of the University of Florida who is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Jaclyn holds a BA in international studies and a BS in psychology. As a student, she co-founded the journal Global Perspectives and a global studies student group. Jaclyn also has experience as a research assistant and behavioral aid for children on the autism spectrum. She is the recipient of a Don & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Belén Carriedo graduated cum laude from Washington State University with BA degrees in criminal justice and sociology. Driven by a passion to serve, she interned at Hospicio de Huerfano in Costa Rica; the Centre for Social Action in Bangalore, India; and at Good Neighbors in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. More recently she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Fiji, where she worked as a community youth development organizer. In Fiji she conducted several Let Girls Learn initiatives, including a Take Back the Night event to raise awareness of gender-based violence. Belén is captivated by the power of women’s participation and engagement as a catalyst for change. She is fluent in Spanish and iTaukei, a native language of Fiji, and is a recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.
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Justice Chiedozie Chukwu is a lawyer and peace advocate. He has served various organizations including the Nigerian Bar Association, the Mirror of the Masses Initiative, the Economic Community of West African States, and the United Nations. He has received academic and professional awards from the Nigerian Law School and the International Centre for Arbitration. While working for the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, he provided pro bono legal services, facilitated the release of 11 prisoners, and educated students on citizens’ legal rights and duties. Justice is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Erin Connolly is the associate program director for Girl Security and a fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where she previously worked as a research assistant. She has created modules for high school girls on topics such as ethics, nuclear nonproliferation, and nuclear security. Working at the nexus of policy and public engagement, she connects education, national security, and personal security to cultivate the next generation of innovative policy leaders. Erin has written on topics including nuclear terrorism, Iran, and North Korea. Erin graduated cum laude from College of the Holy Cross, earning a bachelor’s degree in international studies with a minor in French and a concentration in peace and conflict studies. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
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María’s career has focused on human rights, development, and peacebuilding. She recently served as program officer, first for human rights and then for transitional justice and humanitarian assistance, at the Swedish International Development Agency in Bogotá, assisting with the implementation of Colombia’s peace agreement. She also interned with the German political foundation Konrad Adenauer and ProColombia, Colombia’s agency for the promotion of tourism and foreign investment. María holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs and international relations and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.