BAIS Class of 2013 Alumni Update

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BernieVeronicaVeronica Bernie
(Culture, Societies and Values, European Studies)
Since leaving San Francisco, I spent the summer traveling throughout Southeast Asia and volunteering in immigration and literacy advocacy in Los Angeles. In the fall, I began my Master’s degree in International Migration and Public Policy at the London School of Economics. My undergraduate thesis on citizenship prompted me to continue researching this field, and thus, I’m currently finishing my dissertation on Dual Citizenship – An Economic Strategy for Developing Countries. It’s been an amazing past few months in London, but I’ll be seeking employment in an international organization, non-profit, or think tank back in the US. (7/25/14)

JoannaBurlisonJoanna Burlison
(Culture, Societies and Values, Latin American Studies)
I've been working at NeighborCity Real Estate for over 6 months now and a few months ago I was promoted to the role of Client Advocate. NeighborCity is a customer service that introduces qualified home buyers and sellers all over the country to their best matched real estate agent and is the only resource in the industry for unbiased rankings of real estate agents. My responsibilities include managing up to 1,000 clients throughout their entire transaction processes, following up with Spanish speaking clients, and assisting our web development team to make sure our website and in house management systems are running smoothly. This is not what I expected to be doing, but I have learned so much so far and feel that I am putting my education into practical use. Having studied different cultures has allowed me to cater to a diverse cliental who are making the largest and most personal transaction of their lifetime. Having studied government and economics has assisted me in understanding the interconnectedness of entities and processes. I'm very grateful to have found a job in the city (shout out to DONS CAREERS!) and even more excited to see what the next 6 months will bring. (2/17/14)

Shereen KajoueeShereen Kajouee
(Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern Studies)
Following my first year at American University Washington College of Law, I had the opportunity to take summer courses in international law and terrorism at the Asser Institute in The Hague, Netherlands. In addition to my studies, I was able to attend hearings at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Returning to DC from the Netherlands, I have an exciting year ahead. I am continuing my work as a Staff Writer for the Human Rights Brief through the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and have also been accepted as a Junior Staff Member of American University International Law Review, one of most frequently cited international and comparative student law reviews in the country. Additionally, I have been working as a Research Associate for the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG). PILPG is a pro bono law firm that provides legal assistance to States and Governments related to peace negotiations and implementation of peace agreements, post-conflict constitution drafting, and war crimes prosecution. So far, I have worked on assignments for our clients in Burma and South Sudan, and will continue my work throughout the academic year. (8/6/14)

Leslie MitchellLeslie Mitchell
(Global Politics and Societies, African Studies)
Three months after graduating I moved to Asia and earned a TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) certification through a 4-week program with the company LanguageCorps.  For the past 10 months, I have been living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, formerly known as Saigon.  I now teach English to both Vietnamese and Korean students from ages 3-18 at two different schools.  My experience living and working abroad has been more amazing, fun, challenging and empowering than I could have imagined.  I am not sure how long I will remain happy being an English teacher, but for the time being I find my job to be mostly fun, creative and rewarding.  Since living in Asia, I have had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia, Thailand and all over Vietnam.  My travel plans for the near future involve Malaysia, Sri Lanka and China.  Had I not participated in the BAIS program, I never would have considered a life abroad or felt prepared to immerse myself in new cultures this way. (7/30/14)

Claire PfisterClaire Pfister
(Culture, Societies and Values, African Studies)
For the past year, I've been working as an AmeriCorps member for Reading Partners, a non-profit that focuses on early literacy intervention. I'm starting my second year in a few weeks with the same program, working at a elementary school in SoMa (Bessie Carmichael Elementary). This past year I held the role of Regional Site Coordinator. I traveled between 15 different elementary schools around San Francisco and I assess and manage the progress of 60 students, and coordinate with 100+ volunteer tutors. Though this program I've been able to develop many professional skills, including volunteer management, data entry, communication skills, etc. It's been amazing working with the students and the volunteers. I've loved honing my professional skills while also continuing my passion for social justice. (8/13/14)

Danielle SaroyanDanielle Saroyan
(Global Politics and Societies, European Studies)
Since graduation, I have focused on my graduate school studies. I am in my second semester of the Masters of Public Diplomacy program at the University of Southern California. I am currently the Alumni Relations liaison for the Association of Public Diplomacy Scholars and the next Layout Editor for the USC Center of Public Diplomacy’s Magazine. I am also a grader & reader for various undergraduate courses, including Rich and Poor States in the World Political Economy, Religion and Violence, and Theories of War. Once I've earned my Master's degree, my hope is to join the Foreign Services. (2/9/14)