Winter Break Tales

Of the 252 2016-17 Global UGRAD students, 33 remained in the United States over the winter holiday break at their host universities. Some stayed on campus and took the opportunity to volunteer in their host communities. For others, the break was an opportunity to travel to other cities and to visit family and/or friends not on campus. Here is a …

Alumni Update – Venezuela: Peace and Conflict Resolution

Emmanuel Davalillo Hidalgo, Global UGRAD 2013-2014, Venezuela After heading back home and finishing my degree in Political Science at the Universidad del Zulia in western Venezuela, I faced that burning question so many of us recent graduates face: “Well… Now what?” Only one thing seemed certain: I was not done learning. I first discovered the field of peace and conflict …

My Newest Hero

Erisa Murati, Albania, Kansas State University My last but most significant volunteering experience was on Saturday, December 3rd at the Lighthouse Clothes Closet and Food Pantry center, which offers free clothes and food packages for people in need. My responsibilities there were almost the same as the ones at Encore Shop, organizing food on the shelves, cleaning the food pantry, checking and picking up …

End-of-Program Workshop speeches

Christine Grace Catindig, Utica College A blessed evening to all of you! I’m Christine Grace, a Communication student at University of the Philippines and Utica College, New York, and it’s a pleasure to be one of the student speakers this evening. Even my most heartfelt words cannot express how thankful I am to the representatives of the U.S. Department of …