BAIS Class of 2010 Alumni Update

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Kat Bowen-Williams is currently working in Peace Corps MongoliaKatherine Bowen-Williams
(Peace and Conflict Studies, European Studies)
I am currently serving in Peace Corps Mongolia while working on my Master's in Conflict Analysis at George Mason's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I'm working at a Swiss NGO, Bayasgalant Kinderhilfe Mongolei, which provides students who live below the poverty line in the 9th ger district in Ulaanbaatar a safe space to do homework, play, and have three meals a day. My main job duties include teaching life skills; organizing a volunteerism club with local, city center high school and college Mongolian students who help at Bayasgalant; finding new resources for the center; and coming up with fun activities for the students, such as celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I served as a Mongolian Language Assistant to the new group of volunteers in-country this summer, and plans to disappear into the Mongolian countryside for Tsagaan Sar, the celebration of the lunar new year. (9/26/13)

Sophia KleinsasserSophia Kleinsasser
(Peace and Conflict Studies, European Studies)
Since graduating I have completed two years as a Fulbright Fellow in Bulgaria, a country the size of Tennessee and located between the Black Sea, Turkey, Greece and Romania. That experience has dramatically changed my life, although I didn't expect it to when I began my first year there. During my second year of Fulbright I met my fiancé, a Bulgarian photographer. I decided to extend my stay in Bulgaria beyond my Fulbright award, and became a full-time teacher at an elementary school. Now as I begin my fifth year abroad, I will start a new position as an ESL teacher at the American College of Sofia, which dates back to 1860 and is one of the oldest American educational institutions outside of the United States. My role will include teaching students of all ages, organizing cultural events and community outreach projects. Over the last several years, I also developed an informal educational project that brings high school students together to develop their intercultural, leadership and problem-solving skills. In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I also work as a teacher trainer for incoming US Fulbright teaching assistants to Bulgaria. I have written a blog about my Fulbright experiences and plan to continue with future informal educational projects as I further develop my knowledge and skills as an educator in Bulgaria. (8/13/14)

Carlie KraljCarlie (Kralj) Leduc
(World Religions and Spiritualities, Latin American Studies)
I am the CEO and co-founder Taking it to the Streets. We are working with homeless youth in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco to meet their personal, professional, educational, and health goals. I started this non-profit as a result of participating in the Team, Management, and Leadership Program with Landmark. They offer a number of courses for personal training and development and they are an extraordinary company that is all about empowering people to have what they want in life. In addition to my non-profit, I work as a Physical Therapist Aide at Chiro Medical group. I am taking prerequisite classes at Berkeley Extension Physical Therapy and will be applying to DPT programs in Fall 2015. (8/11/14)

Vicente Lam
(International Economics, Latin American Studies)
After graduation, I moved back to Hong Kong and worked in web content management creating editorial content as well as copy for adverts and press releases. After about a year, I quit and used my savings to travel for several months, starting in South Africa and continuing on to Australia and New Zealand. I can now proudly say that I've been to six continents! After returning home to Hong Kong from my travels, I set about applying for postgraduate study. I applied to schools in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. I had a lot of help, with references from Professor Wydick and Professor Coffman, and without them, I do not know whether or not I would have gained a place at any of the universities I applied to. I am happy to say I have chosen to accept a place at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I will be doing a masters in Population and Development Studies and start in October. In the meantime, I have taken the summer to travel a little more, this time around Thailand. (8/3/12)

Derek PoppertDerek Poppert
(Global Politics and Societies, Latin American Studies)
It's been quite an adventure since my last alumni update. In December of 2013, I returned from about one year traveling abroad. I visited 12 countries, spending 8 months in South America and almost 4 months in Europe. I found a particular love for the country and people of Brazil, and after traveling through Brazil at the beginning of my journey, I ended up returning to live in Rio de Janeiro for a few months. All in all my time abroad was an amazing life experience, and something that I felt was very important for me to do at that point in my life.

After returning to the U.S., I took a job at Global Exchange, an international human rights organization here in San Francisco, as the Director of Latin America and World Reality Tours. I plan, coordinate, and send human rights trips and delegations all over the world, with an emphasis on Latin America. Each trip looks at and examines a theme or set of themes related to a particular social, political, environmental, or economic issue(s) going on in those countries, in addition to how U.S. government policy and corporate practices influence those issues. I also write articles and blogs for the organization related to human rights, international affairs, and travel. (8/4/14)

Diane RoyalDiane Royal
(Global Politics and Societies, European Studies)
In December 2010 I graduated from USF and briefly worked at the non-profit organization, AIDS Walk San Francisco, as the Event Operations Coordinator. In August 2012, I received a Masters of Science (MS) degree in Global Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). After traveling to Europe for two months in the fall of 2012, I returned to the U.S. and accepted a position as Project Coordinator for the Coalition Advancing Multipurpose Innovations (CAMI), a project of the Public Health Institute. For the summers of 2013 and 2014, I am employed by Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada as Professor George Gmelch’s Research Assistant for “On the Move,” a project studying Employment Related Geographical Mobility (ERGM) in the Canadian context. In the next few years, I plan to continue my studies in pursuit of a PhD. I feel fortunate to remain closely connected with faculty mentors at USF, all of whom continue to play critical roles in my academic pursuits and personal life. I am deeply grateful for their guidance and support. It is because of them that attending USF became one of the best decisions I ever made! (8/6/13)

JentaRussellJenta Russell
(Environment and Development, Latin American Studies)
A few years after graduating from USF, I find myself on an educational farm called Blackbird Farm in Northern California- 2.5 hour north of San Francosco, in a small town called Philo. Our farm contains hundreds of fruit trees, a ropes course, endless redwood forests, and a 1 acre actively farmed garden, which is my primary focus! For work, I get to garden all day and share/ teach the fruit-filled inspiration of gardening, nature, and self growth, with high school students. Our students are primarily from Los Angeles, many of them getting to experience the joys of nature and home grown food for the first time. (8/2/14)