Sitting one day in the Digital Media Commons in November talking about innovation and technology, my January term plans came up. My supervisor Bob Cole asked me, “What do you really want to do?” Growing up in a large family of eight and working in collaborative situations since leaving the nest, this type of question is not always easy for me to answer.
Kate Bollinger is a graduate student in International Policy Studies, with a focus on international development and the region of South Asia. Kate already has a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford, where she pursued field research and language study in India and Nepal. She also traveled to Nepal last summer to promote women’s reproduction rights with the Advocacy Project.
Four Spanish Translation and Interpretation students are participating this January in the first-ever MIIS International Translation and Conference Interpretation Practicum, at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago, Chile. In 2009, Professor Cas Ann Shulman-Mora recognized an opportunity presented by the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Monterey Institute and the United Nations. She started working to create practical training opportunities for students. Her efforts have already started to pay off.
The MIIS Around the World stories campaign started a year ago as an attempt to collect first-person narratives from members the MIIS community that illustrate the global impact of the Institute. One hundred and twenty students, alumni, faculty and staff members have already submitted their stories. The submissions range from tales about international experiences that brought students to MIIS, to funny anecdotes about attempts to communicate in a new language, to the sharing of life-changing moments.
It wasn’t until I sat down at a coffee shop admist the bustle of Kampala, tired and sweaty from the sensory overload of being a foreigner and a pedestrian in a massive East African city, that it really hit me.
The Monterey Institute‘s Development Project Management Institute (DPMI) and the American University in Cairo (AUC) will launch a new joint 10-day training program next January. The program will be hosted and sponsored by the AUC as part of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by MIIS President Sunder Ramaswamy and AUC President David Arnold last spring.
Emily Sloane (MAIEP '09) is training to be a Food Security and Livelihoods Program Manager. Her main task in this role is conducting an evaluation of a pilot project that supports vulnerable residents of Warrap state in developing small-scale income generating activities.
During my third semester at MIIS, I became very interested in Food Security. Trouble was, I had no idea how to land a relevant job, let alone one in Africa, my geographic region of focus.
David Chiesa (MATESOL ’10, LPA Certificate) completed two years of the Peace Corps, China as part of his master’s degree program. Living in China’s poorest province, Guizhou, he taught English at the university level to students of translation and interpretation.
Lars Stenberg Berg, Christine Chau, Dawei Wu, and Sean Upton-McLaughlin: An IBP Team Travels to Zhejiang Province, China
In January, four members of our International Business Plan team - Dawei Wu, Lars Stenberg Berg, Christine Chau and Sean Upton-McLaughlin - traveled to Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province, China to present our strategic recommendations to a committee of over 70 local and regional government officials.
Sam Marrero (MAIPS '10) received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic at the American Research Center in Egypt last summer. He spent hours in the classroom learning formal Arabic and Egyptian dialect. He practiced his language skills every chance he could, even when buying pencils and erasers:
I haven’t told this story yet because I don’t think you would believe me.