Audrey grew up in Spring Lake, MI and graduated summa cum laude from Asbury University with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Spanish. While at Asbury, she completed internships at a Guatemalan children's home and a local refugee resettlement agency, and studied abroad in Spain. As a Global Activities Scholar, Audrey hopes to develop her skills in culturally relevant community organizing and capacity building. She is excited to learn from the experience of working with marginalized communities in a global social work context. In the future, Audrey hopes to work in Latin America, combining sports and social work as she works with disadvantaged youth to foster equal access to resources.
Catherine grew up in a small New Jersey beach town, but has called New York City her home for the past eight years. She graduated from Manhattan College in 2011 with her BA in International Studies and a concentration in Global Issues. Thereafter, she served in both administrative and fundraising capacities for several human rights and development focused NGOs, including Amnesty International and WaterAid America. Catherine's role as fundraising officer with WaterAid led her to Nicaragua for a content gathering trip, where she interviewed community members about their needs and experiences relating to water, sanitation, and hygiene education. Post WaterAid, she spent seven months teaching English abroad in Saraburi, Thailand. Catherine is thrilled to be a part of GASP, and looks forward to advancing her community development and engagement skills within a new global setting. She hopes to continue working with global communities through a human rights-based approach to development throughout her future career.
Celina was born and raised in California and has spent time living in Costa Rica, Argentina and Mexico. She graduated in 2014 from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. She has worked with Latino day laborers in California and sex trafficking survivors in Mexico, focusing her research on the intersection between migration, trauma, and resilience. Celina loves her local field placement with American Indian Health and Family Services, and is interested in working with indigenous populations within the context of mental health. As a Global Activities Scholar, Celina hopes to continue to explore the relationship between complex trauma, mental health, and resilience within an international setting. She is also looking forward to exploring Michigan and experiencing winter for the first time!
Katie grew up in West Virginia and graduated from University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Wildlife Biology. For three years following college, Katie worked in community outreach and programming for MLS WORKS, the philanthropic arm of Major League Soccer in New York City. Between 2011-2016, Katie was living and working in Chiang Mai, Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia. She was the Program Director for Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures / The Progression Group. In this role she oversaw the design and delivery for outdoor adventure, experiential education and personal development programming for youth and adults. Katie is excited to receive an MSW while remaining engaged internationally in the Global Activities Scholars Program.
Kelly Kundrat grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan and graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia with a BA in Political Science. She then continued her education with an MA in Public Anthropology from American University in Washington DC. Kelly publicly defended her thesis with distinction on the role of racial and cultural identity struggles within the violence in Sudan and South Sudan as expressed by members of the DC Sudanese diaspora. Given her passion for social advocacy and elevating the voices of individuals directly affected by crises, Kelly traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia twice to work as an organizer and reporter for the civil society forums on Sudan and South Sudan. During her work for non-profits in DC, she produced educational materials and pieces on torture, the effects of solitary confinement in the age of mass incarceration, and alternatives to immigrant detention. She also organized public vigils, rallies, and congressional meetings and briefings. Kelly joined the Global Activities Scholars Program to gain skills working with refugees and asylum seekers. She hopes to delve into the most effective methods used by social workers and other clinical personnel to provide support, services, and care to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers within a global or international framework.
Larissa Siregar grew up in Southern California and received a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish from University of California, Riverside. With an interest in community development, she worked with various national and global agencies on education projects focusing on the importance of critical thinking and facilitating collaborative processes to build capacity, rather than imposing one’s biased ideas of need. After graduating, she worked with Americorps’ University East-Side Community Collaborative (UECC), a project started to increase academic achievement in communities facing challenges of violence and increasing drop-outs. Following this service, Larissa gained intercultural skills while pursuing her TESOL certificate in Thailand in preparation for her Peace Corps service in Sierra Leone, West Africa. she also went on to work with a non-profit in Tanzania and then on a USAID funded project in Liberia through Peace Corps Response. Living in rural villages, she learned about the realities community development from the lens of the community members and saw the successes and challenges of the organizations that sought to provide services. As a Global Activities Scholar in the MSW program, Larissa hopes to gain further skills to help agencies, which focus on working with marginalized communities, reach their intended outcomes.
Madel Leal grew up in sunny southern California and received a bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Passionate about youth and women empowerment, Madel has worked for several years in the non-profit field to empower first generation students to gain access to higher education. In addition, she is passionate about the different intersectionalities of first generation students, and the access to higher education. She has always enjoyed working empowering young girls and hopes to work empowering young women on an international level. Some of her hobbies include traveling, and emerging herself in new experiences and cultures. Madel hopes to gain new skills and experiences working on an international level, and hopes that working abroad will enhance her skills as a social worker.
Océane split her time growing up between the US and France. For the past 5 years she has been calling Tanzania, where her parents reside, home. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston where she obtained her B.A. in Human Services and Social Entrepreneurship. During her time at Northeastern she was able to participate in extensive international experiences including working in orphanages in Peru & Tanzania, volunteering in a children's hospital in Bolivia, and studying abroad in Indonesia while focusing her in-country research on funding options for orphanages. Océane has a special soft spot for infants and toddlers, and is also a certified Doula. She is thrilled to be a part the Global Activities Scholars Program and is looking forward to learning skills to help children and families effected by poverty on a global level.
Global Activities Scholar Admitted 2015
Alejandra was born in Mexico City, but grew up in Brazil, Colombia and Panama. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Crime and Justice. While at U-M, Alejandra served as a volunteer with Manna Project International implementing community development initiatives in a marginalized community outside of Quito, Ecuador. After graduation, Alejandra worked with Lutheran Social Services as a case manager to reunify unaccompanied Latino refugee children with their families. Her local field placement is with Murack Lodge Residential Facility. Through the Global Activities program, Alejandra hopes to further develop her skills in community organizing to engage with Latino communities and promote equal access to resources.
Global Activities Scholar Admitted 2015
Alyssa is from the Pacific Northwest, calling Oregon and Washington her home. She received her BA in Global Development Studies and minor in Communication from Seattle Pacific University in 2010. After graduation, Alyssa worked with refugee resettlement programs at World Relief Seattle as a Caseworker and Health and Education Programs Coordinator. The relationships she formed through her work with people from the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and African nations have inspired her to increase her skills and knowledge in affecting social change on a macro-systems level. Alyssa is thrilled to be a part the MSW and Global Activities Scholars Program to learn culturally-relevant approaches to community organizing and grow her competency as a global social worker. She plans to continue working with multicultural communities, both globally and in the U.S, throughout her career.