Rachel Gagnon graduated from the University of Connecticut, where she majored in political science and international relations with a concentration in human rights. She has conducted human rights research with the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut and also with Children’s Future India in Pune, India. She is interested in the intersection of international law, human rights, and social advocacy, specifically the use of social advocacy to strengthen institutions and law. Rachel recently served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Georgia, helping to develop teachers’ English language proficiency and professional skills. Rachel is the recipient of a Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.
The Keough School’s master of global affairs program includes 70 students from 30 countries:
Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, the United States, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
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.
Uriel Galace recently served as a foreign affairs research specialist at the Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies, a think tank in the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, he conducted research on international security and economic development and produced policy papers and research articles for the Philippine government. A former intern for the UN Development Programme and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Uriel also has volunteered for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He holds an AB in political science from Ateneo de Manila University and is the recipient of a Liu Institute Fellowship.
Mayra Garcia served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, collaborating with nongovernmental organizations, local authorities, families, and students to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene practices in their communities. Mayra also has worked as a consultant at a private engineering firm and provided transportation design solutions to regional clients. She holds a BS in civil engineering from the University of Washington and speaks Spanish fluently. Mayra is the recipient of a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship.
Christine Germann volunteered with the WorldTeach organization as an English teacher in the public education system in American Samoa during the 2016-2017 academic year. Prior to earning a BA in global studies with a concentration in international development in 2016, she conducted independent research in Tanzania, examining the current perceptions of child marriage in a rural region. Christine is interested in language of instruction research, gender equity in education, and program implementation in educational systems within developing nations, specifically sub-Saharan Africa. She is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Jamison Greene served as an agriculture business advisor with the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa, partnering with smallholder cashew farmers, the Ghana Ministry of Agriculture, and nongovernmental organizations to increase crop yields, improve financial literacy, and demonstrate value-adding activities such as beekeeping and cashew apple juicing.
Prior to his Peace Corps service, Jamison worked as a senior financial analyst in corporate financial planning and analysis, supply chain management, and government finance roles. He holds a BS in finance and a minor in management information systems from the University of Connecticut. As an undergraduate, he gained experience in fiduciary management of investment assets as a portfolio manager for a student managed fund. Jamison is the recipient of a McKenna Center for Human Development and Global Business Fellowship.
Laura Judith Guerra, a first-generation Mexican American, grew up in Mexico and migrated to the United States as a child. A passionate advocate for sustainable development, she has worked as a community organizer at ARISE, a nonprofit organization that empowers low-income immigrants through education and leadership training. Laura holds a BA in economics from the University of Dallas, where she received an Outstanding Economics Student Achievement Award. She also was awarded the US Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which enabled her to study in Rome and teach English classes for Italian high school students. Laura has worked in colonias on the US-Mexico border, advocating for infrastructure improvements such as drainage and public lighting. She is the recipient of a Graduate School Dean’s Fellowship and a Thomas O. Duffey Fellowship.
Anthony Guidotti triple majored in economics, international studies, and justice and peace studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. After graduation, he spent a year serving abroad as a humanitarian missionary in 11 countries. He is passionate about the fusion of economic development and the peacemaking process within international policy making and hopes to help implement development processes that de-escalate conflict and improve the living conditions of their targeted populations. He has spent the last three and a half years as a lay minister in a diverse urban community north of Seattle. Anthony is the recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship.
Helina Haile served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, where she taught English and led after-school youth development groups for boys and girls. She also spent time with American Refugee Committee Rwanda as a program development volunteer. Helina later worked on racial equity issues with AmeriCorps VISTA and the City of Minneapolis for the Obama Promise Zone Initiative, and served as a legal assistant for the Minnesota AIDS Project. She holds a BA in political science and international studies from Northern Michigan University, and speaks Amharic and is conversant in Kinyarwanda. Helina is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.