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Peace Corps Masters International and Coverdell Fellows Students

Admitted 2017

  1. Biannca Fisher Biannca Fisher »

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2017

    Biannca is a proud native of Detroit. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bennett College with a BA in Special Education. After graduation, she completed a term of service in the Peace Corps as a Special Education and Youth Literacy Advisor in Jamaica. After Peace Corps, she served in AmeriCorps for a year in Philadelphia at College Possible as a High School Coach helping low-income scholars navigate the college admissions process and SAT prep. She has worked extensively with academically gifted and academically challenged scholars and is proud of the significant achievements of her scholars. Biannca's desire for sustainable, results-oriented community building led her to the field of Social Work. As a Coverdell Fellow in the School of Social Work's Community-Based Initiative program, she hopes to gain more practical skills to become an effective community organizer. Knowing that there is no comparison to the transformative power of a superior education, she is currently working on forming an educational non-profit. After earning her MSW, this 21st century global-minded champion will leverage her knowledge and resources via technology to provide 24/7 access to exceptional educational opportunities to underrepresented students in underserved communities.

  2. Sarah Cullen Sarah Cullen »

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2017

    Sarah grew up in Seattle, Washington and graduated from Western Washington University in 2012 with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and French. She served in the Peace Corps in Benin,West Africa from 2013-2015 as a rural community health volunteer. There she focused on maternal and child health as well as education advancement at the local middle school. One of her biggest projects was fundraising to expand the school and add four more classrooms. She most recently worked for Seattle Public Health, meeting with families who participated in a food assistance program. She worked with them on nutrition education, child development and access to resources. As a Coverdell Fellow in the Community Based Initiative she wants to work with the people of Detroit in pursuing social change and economic sustainability. She has a passion for working with children, youth and families as well as immigrant and refugee populations. She also hopes to work internationally again to gain further knowledge into how social workers in America can be more effective in the fight for social justice.

  3. Tahrima Khanom Tahrima Khanom »

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2017

    Tahrima is a first-generation American who immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh at the age of 5. She grew up in the vibrant city of Hamtramck, MI and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit. After college, she joined the Peace Corps and served in Uganda for 2 years as a Literacy Specialist. Her proudest achievements in the Peace Corps include co-directing a national conference on corporal punishment and gender-based violence; serving as a facilitator and a lead curriculum development team member at the annual Youth Technical Training Camp; and developing a series of sexual/reproductive health and reusable menstrual pad workshops for teenage girls. Tahrima continued her efforts against gender-based violence domestically and currently works with teenage girls in the foster care system who have suffered severe physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. As a Coverdell Fellow in the Community-Based Initiative Program with a concentration in Management of Human Services, Tahrima hopes to hone her leadership and community organization skills.

Admitted 2014

  1. Andrea Guerrero Andrea Guerrero »

    Masters International Student Admitted 2014

    Born to immigrant parents, Andrea grew up in a predominantly Latino immigrant community in Los Angeles, California. Through her life experiences she discovered her passion for immigrant and refugee populations. She was aware of many issues her community faced and wanted to be an agent of change and support. She knew that becoming educated was key to do so. She attained a Bachelor's of Science in Community and Regional Development from UC Davis. She was the first one in her family to pursue a college degree. Living in border towns was her effort to better understand the migration phenomenon. She was accepted to the University of Michigan under the Master's International Social Work program which allows her to gain a Master's of Social Work while gaining international experience trough serving in the Peace Corps. She served for two years in Costa Rica under the Youth Development Program in a border town with Nicaragua. Through this educational opportunity Andrea hopes to integrate the multiple perspectives she has gained and become a better support system for immigrant and refugee peoples experiencing challenging life transitions.

  2. Bethany Lewis Bethany Lewis »

    Master's International Student Admitted 2014

    Bethany was raised outside of Cleveland, OH, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. She has recently returned from two years in Botswana as a Peace Corps Volunteer. While in Botswana she worked with young people on issues of gender, sexual and reproductive health, and life skills. She has an affinity for the arts, and is interested in the ways in which the arts can be used to transform organizing. Although she would like to continue to travel and experience different cultures, she will always call Cleveland home. Bethany would like to work with youth on the issues they are passionate about, and to try her hand at legislative advocacy. She aspires to lead a life of balance, love, and adventure.

  3. Charly Marin Charly Marin »

    Masters International Student Admitted 2014

    Charly was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She was then accepted to the University of Michigan in the Peace Corps Master's International Social Work program which allowed her to gain a Master's of Social Work while gaining international experience through serving in the Peace Corps. She recently finished her two-year Peace Corps service working with children and young adults with disabilities in the Philippines. As a Master's International student, she hopes to incorporate different perspectives of social work to better serve those with whom she will work. Upon completing her MSW, she plans to return to California to continue working with children and young adults with disabilities and pursue working with this population in an international context.

  4. Nicole Baker Nicole Baker »

    Peace Corps Master's International Student Admitted 2014

    Nikki grew up in Santa Rosa, California, but attended high school in Newbury Park, CA. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development, and a minor in Psychology at California State University, Chico. Her love for serving children and underrepresented populations grew while she taught at the university preschool. She became a Master's International student at University of Michigan, School of Social Work in 2014. She continued to promote social and economic justice when she served in Peace Corps Lesotho, southern Africa as an education volunteer from 2015-2017. There she taught English and Life Skills, co-facilitated clubs and HIV education programs, and implemented teacher training workshops. She recently returned from Lesotho to complete her Master's in Social Work. She plans to graduate from the MSW program April 2018 and pursue an international social work position. She values her opportunity to travel, build relationships, and experience new cultures, but hopes to return to California one day. Her goal is to become a licensed School Social Worker, and spend her holidays and free time exploring the beautiful terrain of her home state.


  1. A'lice Frazier A'lice Frazier »

    Coverdell Fellow Student Admitted 2016

    A’lice Frazier is a graduate student studying Community Organizing and Community and Social Systems at the School of Social Work. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and completed her Bachelors of Arts in English Literary Studies and Psychology: Child Maltreatment and Family Practices at Columbia College in Columbia, South Carolina. A’lice served in Zambia as a Youth and Community Education volunteer from 2014 – 2016. Along with her primary role as an English teacher, A’lice worked with her community to implement community-wide health projects including HIV Awareness and Prevention Initiatives and a Water and Sanitation Project. A’lice is excited to join as a Coverdell Fellow in the Community Based Initiative, where she plans to continue her work of educating youth in communities on HIV and sexual reproductive health. A’lice’s hobbies include reading, binge watching Netflix, and having a great talent for choosing and consuming delicious Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

  2. Claire Williamson Claire Williamson »

    Returned Peace Corps Master's International Student Admitted 2013

    Claire Williamson grew up in Dyersville Iowa and graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is currently a Peace Corps Master's International Social Work student with an area focus in Interpersonal Practice and concentration in Children and Youth in Families and Society. From 2014 to 2016, Claire served as a Youth and Families Development volunteer in Peace Corps Ecuador. During her two years of service, she worked at an orphanage with at-risk infants, children and youth. As a volunteer in the orphanage, she co-taught in the day care, did case management in the social work office, created and facilitated a youth group and offered after school English tutoring. As a Peace Corps Master’s International student, Claire feels as though she has grown personally and professionally. She has a new understanding of the significance of building strong, interpersonal relationships as well as the importance of the intercultural exchange of knowledge and skills.

  3. Greta Kaempf Greta Kaempf »

    Returned Peace Corps Master's International Student Admitted 2013

    Greta grew up in Maryland and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of North Carolina.  After several years as an early childhood educator, she entered the University of Michigan School of Social Work as part of the Peace Corps Master’s International program, studying Community Organizing with an area concentration in Children, Youth, and Families.  After her first year of MSW studies, Greta left for Guatemala to serve in the Peace Corps as a Youth Development volunteer.  Working in a rural village in the western highlands, she collaborated with local middle schools, NGOs, and the Ministry of Health to support youth in developing and achieving their educational and lifetime goals. She also worked with community leaders, parents, and youth service providers to promote positive environments and growth opportunities for community youth.  Now in her last year of MSW studies, Greta is thankful for the variety of rich learning experiences in cross-cultural community organizing she has been able to take advantage of as a PCMI student, both in the classroom in Michigan and in Guatemala.

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