This summer three Monterey Institute students will be working as Peace Fellows on three continents for the Advocacy Project, a non-governmental organization based in Washington D.C. The diverse projects undertaken by this trio will find them seeking justice for family members of the disappeared in Peru, building networks for women in Ghana and promoting women’s reproductive rights in Nepal. The fellowship program is based on the idea that change is best achieved by those who are directly affected.
Daniel Hadley and Jaime LeBlanc-Hadley are two of a growing number of students taking advantage of the language and international policy learning opportunities available at both Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The husband-and-wife pair will study Chinese at Middlebury College this summer before entering the International Policy Studies program at the Monterey Institute in the fall.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently awarded Institute alumna Kathryn Ries (MPA ’86) the highest honor given to NOAA professionals. Ries was awarded the NOAA’s Bronze Medal for her leadership in building hydrographic capacity in Central America to support navigation safety, economic growth and protection of the marine environment.
Talented performers, a gorgeous venue, $5 to get in, and it benefits a great cause – does it get any better than that?
On Friday, April 9 at the Golden State Theatre in Monterey, the Monterey Institute Student Council will proudly present the 41st annual MIIS Follies Talent Show, with proceeds from the $5 admission charge going directly to relief efforts in Haiti.
Katie Klemsem (IPS '05) recalls her experience as a kindergarten teacher in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch left the country devastated:
I am not just a girl. I am a servant, a servant to humanity. Now I am also a writer and a professor, but it hasn't always been that way.
Over the last several years, I have introduced the Monterey Way of teaching and learning at universities in Russia and Kyrgyzstan as advisor to newly established International Relations programs in Perm, Ekaterinburg, and now Bishkek. The Monterey method promotes innovative teaching methods to facilitate active student learning through presentations, debates, panel discussions, group research projects, simulations, and other interactive methods.
Institute alumna Mary Graham (MAIPS ’04) was recently interviewed by Voice of America regarding the development work she is doing with Practical Small Projects, the small NGO she founded "in hopes of facilitating micro-enterprise/finance projects that motivate locals to view themselves as capable entrepreneurs who can develop their own countries." Voice of America reporter Jackson Mvunganyi was specifically interested in the work Mary and PSP are doing in Mali, where they are helping villages become more self-sufficient through well const
Kate Balzer (MPA '09) discovers her path to a career in community development:
I worked for non-profit dance and theater companies after college, even though my degree focused on international studies. After a few years, I wanted to do something else - even if I didn't know what.
A graduate of Middlebury College's Chinese language degree program, Valkyrie Anderson (IPS '09) came to Monterey two years ago with dreams of becoming a translator or interpreter. Inspired by a commitment to social justice, however, she questioned this path. She chose the policy program instead, applying her language abilities in the development and human trafficking fields.