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Global Studies Travel Grant Winners!

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 4:08pm

Pictured, from L to R: Matt Cossel ‘17, Katie Morris ‘17, Gili Remen ‘19, Angie Rizzo ‘19, Nia Baker ‘19; not pictured: Tulani Bey and Delaney McCaffrey

Every spring a few students win Global Studies Travel Grants. Our program offers these awards to make off-campus study and internship opportunities more accessible for students. We had an especially strong set of applicants this year, and you can read about the winners below.

Global Studies majors

  • Matt Cossel (GS/Journalism ‘17) will use the grant to defray the costs living in New York City this summer for a highly coveted but unpaid internship with the UN’s Department of Public Information. Matt will plan briefings and coordinate activities with other UN offices. He hopes to learn about the many NGOs (non-governmental organizations) affiliated with UN headquarters. Matt first got interested in the UN during a visit there with the Prelusion program prior to his first semester at Lehigh.
  • Katie Morris (GS/Journalism ‘17) will intern in Washington with the NGO Save the Children, specifically their humanitarian aid and emergency response team. Katie will be doing media and communications work, helping plan for World Humanitarian Day (August 19) and the UN General Assembly meeting (September 12). She will help Save staffers tell their stories about their projects overseas, as well as work on the Every Last Child campaign raising awareness and funds for refugee issues. Katie says, “I’m looking forward to working in a professional environment alongside people with the type of experience I aspire to have.”
  • Gili Remen (GS/Journalism ‘19) heads out in August to participate in the semester-long  CIEE Communications, New Media & Journalism program in Seville, Spain. All her coursework there will be in Spanish, and she will live in a homestay. While in Seville she hopes to take electives on Spanish journalism, political journalism, documentary filmmaking, multimedia, photography. Gili is especially excited for a planned weekend visit to Morocco.
  • Angie Rizzo (GS/Sustainable Development ‘19) will fly to India to intern for six weeks with the NGO Tarumitra (which she has been representing at the UN), working on Tarumitra’s environmental and sustainable development projects. After previous group study trips to Indonesia and Antigua, Angie is eager to travel on her own this summer.

Non-GS majors

  • Nia Baker (Sociology/WGSS ‘19) travels to Dakar, Senegal this fall for a CIEE semester program focusing on language, culture, gender and development. She will be studying French and Wolof and learning about Islam from Senegalese teachers, as well as staying with a host family. “I’m looking forward to studying a part of the world I’ve never been to,” says Nia.
  • Tulaney Bey (International Relations/Economics ‘20) will participate in the Lehigh in Shanghai program this summer, and will do a five-week internship as well as 40 hours of language study to add to the two years of Chinese instruction already under her belt. For Tulaney this will be a chance to get her feet wet and prepare for later long-term study abroad in her junior year. She wants to spend time exploring Shanghai’s cosmopolitan economic center and practicing photography.
  • Delaney McCaffrey (IDEAS ‘19) will join Actuality Media’s summer Documentary Outreach program in Cusco, Peru as part of a team of filmmakers from around the world creating a short documentary about a community member working for positive change. Delaney hopes to gain real-life experience telling stories that matter and preparing for a future in filmmaking.

 


GS senior wins prestigious award for Middle East study

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:16am

We would like to congratulate, Toni Isreal ’17 who has been awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship. Isreal is triple majoring in Global Studies, Africana Studies and International Relations/Modern Languages and Literature (IR/MLL).

The Boren Scholarship is highly selective and awards undergraduate’s financial assistance to learn an uncommon language that is considered critical to U.S. foreign interests. The award is contingent on the student completing one-year of service in the federal government.

Isreal will be studying Arabic at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan. While there she will have the opportunity to learn the Levantine/Jordanian Arabic Dialect. Isreal plans to continue her work volunteering with refugees and will work on her thesis for her IR/MLL degree. She is considering focusing her thesis on the political economy of violence.

She says, “I am grateful for this amazing opportunity as it is something I have been working towards since my sophomore year in high school, at The Madeira School. My studies at Lehigh have also encouraged my intellectual curiosity about the global processes affecting areas of conflict in the Middle East.”

Last summer, Isreal was awarded a Global Studies travel grant to take an advanced-level Arabic class in Washington, DC. While at Lehigh she has taken an array of Arabic classes and has studied abroad in Morocco and Oman.

Congratulations Toni, we can’t wait to hear all about your experiences!


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