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Fall 2012 Post-Grad Panel for JUPS Students

On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, several Georgetown alumni of the Program on Justice and Peace as well as friends of the Program returned to campus to offer their experiences, stories and pearls of wisdom on post-graduate life to the 20 current Justice and Peace seniors. The biographical notes of the panelists are below. We are thankful for their time and expertise and willingness to share their challenges, successes and job-hunting and networking tips with JUPS.

Kathryn graduated from Middlebury College in 2007 with a major in Political Science, focusing on local American government, and a minor in Environmental Studies. After leaving Middlebury, Kathryn was a history intern at the Emma Willard School. Kathryn then moved to the Lawrence Academy in Gorton MA, where she taught 10th grade world history. During her three years at Lawrence, Kathryn was a dorm parent and head cross-country and track coach. She also designed an elective in Conflict Resolution. At Georgetown, Kathryn hopes to focus her studies on designing conflict resolution curriculum for high school students, as well as the links between conflict resolution and outdoor education. Outside of the classroom, Kathryn spends her summers at a canoe tripping camp in the woods of Ontario, Canada where she has been a camper and staff for 16 summers.

Stone graduated from Middlebury College in 2010, where he double-majored in Environmental Studies and Sociology/Anthropology. His interest in conflict resolution was piqued during a geography class called Resource Wars; it was the perfect confluence of his sociological interests in globalization and social conflict and his environmental studies interests in sustainable resource management and environmental security. After graduation, Stone spent two years working at a law firm in DC, where he was exposed to legal mediation and ADR. Stone hopes to focus his conflict resolution studies at Georgetown on creating sustainable, resilient, and adaptive peacebuilding institutions, and integrating environmental concerns into peacebuilding and development efforts.

Sarah Gormley is a photographer in the Washington D.C. area, specializing in corporate, event and wedding photography. She currently works as a staff photographer for the Cato Institute, covering events, hearings and testimonies on the hill and at Cato headquarters. Sarah is also the owner of Sarah Gormley Photography, a wedding photography company, and co-owner of Sarah & Samantha, a photobooth and event photography company. Sarah graduated from Georgetown College in 2011 with a major in English and minors in JUPS and Government.

Aaron is Program Associate at HasNa Inc., a Washington-based NGO working to promote peacebuilding through cross-cutting professional relationships in Turkey, Cyprus, and Armenia. Aaron has worked and interned with several organizations focused on fostering cross-cultural understanding and international collaboration, including the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, Meridian International Center, and Bridges of Understanding Foundation. He holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a BA in Middle East Studies from The George Washington University.

Kalli graduated from Georgetown in 2012, majoring in psychology and English, and minoring in JUPS. In addition to her studies, Kalli played varsity field hockey, worked as a research assistant at the Lab on Social and Affective Neuroscience, and assisted in sociological research on well-being. For her JUPS senior thesis, Kalli conducted a case study of the anti-colonial independence movements in Ghana and Zambia for the effects of optimism on their use of nonviolent tactics. Since graduation, Kalli has interned at Counterpart International, an international NGO working on international development, in the Community and Humanitarian Assistance Program and she currently interns at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

Laura currently supports the policy and communications programs at the Southern Governors’ Association by conducting research into the economies of Southern States and producing online GIS maps related to key policy topics including economic growth, demographic data, and cultural assets. Prior to joining SGA, Laura worked at the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, supporting its research on the relationships between higher education, employment, and economic mobility. She is a 2009 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, with majors in Arabic Studies and International Peace Studies, where she participated in faculty research and spent a semester studying at the American University in Cairo.

Meaghan graduated from Georgetown in 2009, as a double major in Government and Spanish, and a minor in JUPS. She studied abroad in Argentina, and returned to Buenos Aires for the summer after her junior year to teach English and work at a human rights NGO, that she continues to represent in the US at working sessions of the OEA and the UN. Her first job out of college was at USAID (Agency for International Development), in the Asia and Middle East Strategy Office, as a Program Operations Assistant. She stayed with USAID for 2.5 years, and was lucky enough to travel to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Kazakhstan while working there. After her last year as a Program Analyst, Meaghan left USAID to pursue hard project management skills at the large management consulting and technology company, Accenture. She is from Portland, Maine, loves the ocean, and is an avid runner and athlete.

Amanda is a Distance Learning Project Coordinator in the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the US Institute of Peace (USIP). She helps design and implement online courses for peace and conflict management professionals around the world. Amanda holds an MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a BA in French and Global Studies from North Park University. Her research and practice focus is sport and peacebuilding with a focus on experiential education and critical pedagogy. Outside of work, she is actively involved with the global non-profit Dance 4 Peace.

Christy graduated Georgetown with a major in Psychology and Minor in Justice and Peace Studies in December of 2009. Her JUPS thesis combined her study abroad experience in El Salvador at the Casa program with her volunteer work with Little Friend for Peace, which she began as her CBL in the intro JUPS class. Her thesis was a Peace Education Curriculum for Salvadoran Elementary School Kids. After graduating, she moved to El Salvador for a year to teach her curriculum. She is recently married and back in DC, and job hunting.

Raised in North Carolina, Lauren relocated to Washington, DC in 2008 to pursue her undergraduate degree in Sociology, Justice and Peace Studies, and Spanish. While at Georgetown, Reese concentrated on the intersections of technology, social change, and international relations. In 2010, Reese received the prestigious Boren Scholarship from the State Department to study abroad in Jaipur, India from January to May 2011. In India, her academic coursework and field experience focused on sustainable development and social change. As part of her study in India, Reese designed and conducted her own original research project in Bangalore, the IT capital of India, investigating the uses of web technologies for social change within a developing democracy with a focus of government 2.0 and social movement organizing. This research was presented at the 2012 Human Development Conference at the University of Notre Dame. She continued this research concentration for her senior thesis which explored the role of online platforms in the 2011 anti-authoritarian movement in Egypt. Reese was invited again to the University of Notre Dame to share her findings at the “Strategies of Peace: Transforming Conflict in the Modern World” conference in March of 2012. Upon graduation, she sought to expand her knowledge of technology’s impact on society and international affairs, particularly in the sectors of national security and cybersecurity. In October of 2012, Reese joined BAE Systems, INC, the prominent global defense and aerospace company, as the Government Relations and Communications Analyst. In the future, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in international affairs, security studies, or conflict resolution.