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. Nate is the recipient of a Thomas D. McCloskey Peace Fellowship.
The Keough School’s master of global affairs program includes 72 students from 32 countries:
Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uganda, 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.
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. Mary is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Steven Wagner served with the Maryknoll China Teachers Program in Jilin, China, teaching medical English to nursing students at Beihua University. As a Maryknoll volunteer, he participated in development projects focused on China’s rural poor and HIV patients. He holds a BA from Notre Dame in political science and Chinese. Steven is the recipient of a Katter Family Fellowship.
Leah Walkowski served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uganda, promoting youth empowerment and gender equality among local communities. She speaks Acholi, the language of Northern Uganda, and is conversant in Kiswahili. After returning from Uganda, she worked for the YMCA to promote positive youth development in Minneapolis. She holds a BS in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Leah is the recipient of a Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship and a Riley Fellowship.
Maria Belen Zanzuchi has worked as an advisor to the Secretary of Trade of the Argentine Republic. There she was involved in topics related to international trade agreements, trade facilitation, sectoral competitiveness, and competition policies. Most recently, she worked with the National Antitrust Commission on the biggest telecommunications merger in the history of Argentina. Belen holds a BA in economics from Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires. She is the recipient of a Kellogg Institute Fellowship.
Raushan Zhandayeva graduated cum laude from Nazabayev University with a BA in political science and international relations. She was awarded a U.S. State Department scholarship to participate in its Global UGRAD Program, and she studied for one semester at California State University Bakersfield. Raushan interned as a research assistant at the Information-Analytical Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. She also promoted sustainable energy technologies at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Passionate about diplomacy, she has participated in and co-organized several Model United Nations conferences. Raushan is particularly captivated by the global economy and the politics behind it, and aspires to contribute to economic and social development in Central Asia. She is the recipient of a Donald & Marilyn Keough Fellowship.
Zhu Qing is the former executive director of Tianjin Green Collar, a nonprofit environmental organization. In 2012, he interned with IFChina Original Studio, an independent film studio founded by a Notre Dame alumnus. Since 2013, he has traveled to more than 23 cities and regions in China to investigate water pollution, collaborating with teams of journalists, lawyers, villagers, and private sector employees. Zhu is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.