Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Minh Vo

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Location: Kolkata, India

Village Capital Partner: Ikure Techsoft

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Natalie Cox

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Location: Bangalore, India

Village Capital Partner: Impact Edge Accelerator

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The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds

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This series features a different student each Wednesday from a range of degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. 

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The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds

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This new series features a different student every Wednesday from a range of degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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The MIIS Experience in 60 Seconds

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This new series features a different student each week from a range of degree programs offered at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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Carmen Ibarra

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Fast Fact: Carmen retired from the U.S. Air Force as an Airborne Linguist after 26 years of service.

“I like the fact that all the professors are active in their respective fields; in other words, they practice what they preach...”

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Enjoy the Journey

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MIIS student Qianxi Xiao talks about what he learned on a 10-day solo walk down the coast of central California.

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Changing Times in Cuba

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Monterey Institute students go on a once-in-a-lifetime immersive learning trip to Cuba.

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Karen Hogue

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Fast Fact: Karen taught reactor physics at the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power School prior to becoming a student at MIIS.

“I'm passionate about this field because I feel like there is so much opportunity to make a global difference.”

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Tamara Patton

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Fast Fact: Tamara specializes in the use of satellite imagery and virtual 3D modeling for nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament research and analysis.

“I found the NPTS program valuable for the way that it blends complex technical and policy training in a digestible manner.”

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Cristina Lopez

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Fast Fact: Cristina participated in a rescue and recovery disaster relief course in the south of France.

“My summer project consisted of filming a documentary about water insecurity in Nicaragua.”

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Derek Polka

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Fast Fact: Derek grew up on a dairy & agricultural farm in Moss Landing, a town in north Monterey County with a population of 204 people.

“The ability to provide food and an adequate wage for living is crucial if we wish to bring countries out of the trap of poverty.”

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Fareed Bailey

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Fast Fact: As a staffer at the Arizona State Senate, Fareed directly worked on nearly 60 pieces of legislation.

“I set out to acquire the skills integral to being a successful policymaker.”

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Shawn Harris

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Fast Fact:  Shawn made a documentary in Libya following the collapse of the Qaddafi Regime.

“I believe that in order to raise the global standard of living we have to address both conflict and economic development simultaneously.”

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Adam Kirk

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Fast Fact: Adam served in the Peace Corps, working with government units in rural Albania assisting in the development of tourism and waste management-based improvement projects.

“The best part about the MBA program at MIIS is its intimacy; that my professors are approachable and accessible...”

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Benjamin Couch

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Fast Fact:  Ben spent six months working on a social business model development project in Rajasthan, India for Traditional Medicinals, an herbal tea company. 

“I come away with a much richer perspective on global business than before...” 

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Matt Gleason

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Fast Fact:  Matt competes in Tough Mudder courses, some of the most brutal 7-12 mile obstacle courses in the country.  Think freezing-cold water traps, giant walls, mud runs and more!

“The Yellow Ribbon program is an admirable program and my attendance at MIIS would not be possible without it..."

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Megan Christenson

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Fast Fact: Megan taste tested several species of insects while living in the Ecuadorian Amazon in 2011.

“Business skills and tools are incorporated into subjects like sustainability, international development, and design thinking...”

 

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Magdalena Adam

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Fast Fact: Magdalena has run three half marathons to date and is planning on running in the San Francisco half marathon next year.

“Most of the professors are active translators, interpreters, and localization managers, so they really know..."

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Miranda Zhang

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Fast Fact: Miranda taught Chinese culture classes at high schools in Poland.

“The TLM program combines translation, technology and management together…and that enables me to think like a manager...”

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Environmental Entrepreneurs

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Two Monterey Institute alumni are helping the environment by delivering fresh local seafood to the Monterey Bay area. 

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Alyssa Poey

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DPMI Plus Assignment: Institute of International Education

"I see myself as a bridge-builder, and want to connect people with opportunities that challenge their understandings of the world and broaden their minds..."

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Heidi Hansen

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DPMI Plus Assignment: Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society 

"Working with WDCS was a truly collaborative experience and gave me insight into the challenges and rewards of working with and for a small nonprofit."

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Rebecca Marcus

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DPMI Plus Assignment: Futures and Options 

"I appreciated the ability to work with such a small and growing organization because I got to experience all aspects of the organization."

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Tierra de Agua Trailer

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Get a sneak peak at a documentary being made by 3 MIIS students that examines the struggle for clean water in Nicaragua.

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Winter Term Adventures

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The Institute students talk about their trips to India, El Salvador, Peru and Haiti over winter term.

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Harlem Shake

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The Institute takes part in the latest internet dance craze...check it out!

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Peter Fordos

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Works for: Cross Cultural Advisors

Title: Intercultural Consultant, Trainer and Coach

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