‹ 2012 J-Term participants ›
Hello! My name is Benedicte Gyllensten. I am 25 years old and I come from Norway. I am a first semester MPA student at MIIS, focusing on human rights. I finished an undergraduate degree in International Politics and Spanish from the UK and Spain last June. As you can probably tell I love to travel, but I have never been to South America so I am really looking forward to this experience. I also love photography; my camera will definitely be traveling with me to Chile! I am passionate about rights of minority groups; especially indigenous groups and women. I look forward to meeting and learning about the Mapuche and their culture and struggles. I want to work within the field of development, so I think this experience will be very useful to me. I look forward to meeting you all!
Hola! Me llamo Benedicte. Tengo 25 años y soy de Noruega. Soy estudiante de MPA (Maestría en Administración Pública), concentrado en derechos humanos. Hice una licenciatura de política internacional en el Reino Unido y España. Como puedes ver, me encanta viajar! Nunca he visitado América del Sur y pienso que este viaje será una experiencia inolvidable. También me encanta la fotografía, y mi cámara vendrá conmigo a Chile. Me interesa mucho los derechos de los grupos minoritarios, especialmente mujeres y grupos indígenas. Tengo ganas de ir y aprender sobre Mapuche, su cultura y su lucha. Quiero trabajar en el desarrollo y pienso que esta experiencia será muy útil para mi. Nos vemos en Chile!
My name is Sharon Chang. I am from Fairfax, Virginia and I am a first semester student in the Masters in Public Administration program at Monterey Institute of International Studies. My native language is English and I am fluent in Korean and currently studying Spanish. For my undergraduate degree, I studied Fashion Merchandising at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. With my Masters in Public Administration, I intend to have an emphasis on Human Rights, more specifically on the issue of human trafficking.
Me llamo es Sharon Chang. Soy de Fairfax, Virginia y soy una estudiante de primer semestre en el programa de Maestría en Administración Pública en el Instituto de Estudios Internacionales de Monterey. Mi lengua nativa es inglés y me habla coreano y estoy estudiando español ahora. En universidad, estudié comercialización de la moda en la Academia de Arte de la Universidad de San Francisco. Para mi maestría en Administración Pública, pienso hacer un énfasis en los derechos humanos y especialmente sobre la cuestión del trato de humanos.
Meg Fukuzawa is an IPS student at MIIS with a concentration in human security and development. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Indiana where she completed her undergraduate degree in women’s studies. For the past few years she has been working in Tokyo at a marketing research company conducting interviews with just about every type of Japanese consumer; from housewives and their children on toys, sports fashion among high school soccer players to dental care with 70 year old men. She left to attend MIIS to pursue her long-term interest and passion in human rights issues.
Brian Donkersley is a second year MPA student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Forever a child of the desert, he previously called Arizona his home and spent much of his time hiking in the Santa Catalina mountains or searching for the best comida mexicana in the Old Pueblo. When his nose isn’t buried in his school work in California, he is most likely studying a map and planning his next travel experience; be it to the next city over or some far-flung region of the world. He has worked with children with special needs and refugees and most recently served as a consultant to the Legal Assistance Centre in Namibia, where he facilitated the development and implementation of data gathering tools for the organization’s Child Labour Program. Coming from a strong background in human rights advocacy, he looks forward to using his time in Chile to further his knowledge of transitional injustice issues and create positive change in the communities he visits.
My name is Todd Cooley and I hail from the towering Redwoods and ancient Oaks of the San Francisco Bay Area, with many years rooted amongst the Sword Ferns of the Pacific Northwest. Currently, I am a student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, working towards a degree in international environmental policy. Before devoting my time to grad school I have been a youth worker and wilderness educator. Some of my passions include wildlife tracking, making music with people and eating baked goods!
Mi nombre es Todd Cooley. Soy un estudiante de maestría en un programa de política internacional medio ambiental en California. He trabajado como un educador del medio ambiente, y sobrevivencia en el bosque. Yo Crecía cerca de San Francisco y en Seattle. Me encanta el bosque y interpretando las huellas de animales. Me gusta tocar la guitarra y creando música con mis amigos. Los buenos libros, mi familia, explorando lo desconocido, y riendo, me dan alegría. Estoy emocionante por el viaje a Chile y los posibilidades de aprender y compartir!
Anita Joshi is a candidate for Masters in International Policy Studies, with a specialization in Security and Development. She is a participant in the 2010 Chile J-Term trip who will be returning for the 2012 trip. She has formerly worked in public policy field in Washington D.C. and also with the Ministry of Education in Seville, Spain. She has particular interest in Latin America, and she interned in Ecuador with the Foundation for Sustainable Development. She hopes to work in development program management with with the United Nations Development Program. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Gujrati.
Richard is a first-semester masters candidate at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where he specializes in international policy and conflict analysis. He arrived at the Institute by way of a short career as an English teacher in China, where he developed an interest in East Asian and international politics. A lifelong student of language and culture, Richard now looks forward to this new and exciting op- portunity to become acquainted with the country of Chile, her people, and their future.
Richard está en el primer semestre de su maestría en el Instituto de Estudios Internacionales de Monterey, donde se especializa en política internacional y análisis de conflictos. Llegó al Instituto después de una corta carrera como instructor de inglés en China, donde empezó a desarrollar su interés en la política oriental e internacional. Estudiante de lengua y cultura de todo su vida, ahora Richard se prepara con gran anticipación para esta próxima etapa de exploración y nuevos conoci- mientos sobre Chile, su pueblo, y su futuro.
Hello, I’m Thomas Barkley. I’m an American citizen, born in Izmir, Turkey, and grew up and lived most of my life in Germany. For my undergraduate degree, I studied in Brussels, Belgium and got a Liberal Arts degree in History, Political Science and Literature. After college I moved back to Munich and worked in the film and media industry. Before coming to MIIS, I worked as a freelance translator and decided to study at the Monterey Institute to improve my translation skills. After graduating with a TLM degree in 2012, I intend to gain a second MA degree in IPS-Development.
Hello my name is Rosaura Figueroa. I am a 2nd year Translation and Localization Management student at MIIS. I wanted to go on this trip because the fight for human rights is one that transcends borders. I am hopeful that our time in Chile will be productive and look forward to hearing the stories of Chile’s indigenous population.
Hola, me llamo Rosaura Figueroa. Estoy en mi segundo año de estudios en el Instituto de Monterey. Quise formar parte de este grupo porque el esfuerzo contra la injusticia no es uno que se vea limitado por fronteras. Guardo la esperanza de que este viaje vaya a ser fructífero, y estoy ansiosa por oír las historias del pueblo chileno.
Hi, my name is Brent Knowles, I just finished my studies at Monterey Institute. Now I am the owner and manager of a hostel for backpackers in Medellin, Colombia. I studied human rights and international development for my graduate degree and I am excited to return to Chile again in Janurary.
Hola Soy Brent Knowles, acabo de terminar con mis estudios con el instituto de Monterey. Ahora soy el co-dueno de un hostal para mochileros en Medellin, Colombia. Estudié derechos humanos y desarollo internacional para mi post-grado. Estoy emocionado de regresar a Chile en Enero!
I am a Human Security and Development student in the International Policy Studies program here at MIIS. For nearly two years, I worked as a paralegal for a private immigration firm. While there I developed an interest in Latin American immigration and security. During the J-term practicum I hope to gain a greater knowledge of Chile’s judicial institutions and transition to democracy.
Estoy cursando la maestría en seguridad y desarrollo en el Monterey Institute of International Studies. Por casi dos años, yo trabajé como asistente legal para una empresa privada de inmigración. Cuando yo estaba allá, me empecé a interesar en inmigración latinoamericana y seguridad. Durante el semestre enero, yo espero que yo pueda entender mejor sobre las instituciones judiciales de Chile y su transición a democracia.
Daniet Moges is currently studying International Policy studies with the Human security and Development track, as she focus on conflict Resolution. She was born and raised in Ethiopia, when six years ago she moved to the United States with her family. For the past four years she was studying at University of Maryland Baltimore County were she focused her studies in the human rights issues, utilizing her major in political science and minors: international affair and sociology.
Essra Mostafavi is a MIIS alumna who participated in the 2010 Chile J-Term. She will be rejoining the group for the 2012 trip.
Participating in the 2010 Chile J Term while completing my MA in International Environmental Policy broadened my regional myopia. US born of Iranian parents, I always sought familiarity with my ancestral history. In undergrad at UC-Davis studying International Relations, I went abroad to Egypt for a year in hopes of further immersing myself. Persian language classes every Saturday and work in the Middle East for environmental NGOs were only the tip of the iceberg. I was all about the land of milk and honey, the cradle of civilization; all until Chile.
Resource struggles and land dispossession I previously thought endemic to Palestine, I saw inflicted upon the indigenous Mapuche. CIA led coups and the overthrow of natural democracies, things I had learned only in the context of Iran and the Middle East, I saw repeated in Chile’s 1973 coup d’état against Allende. The things that had been my reality were now shared with Chileans, creating a collective reality. Returning to Chile this January will enable me to research the application of environmental science and policy as a mechanism for promoting sustainable development amongst the Mapuche in their movement for political autonomy.
My name is Soleil Muñiz. My father is Mexican and my mother is American, which means that I’ve been aware of the importance of communication, particularly between different cultures, from a young age. I am a current M.A. candidate in the International Policy Studies program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. My focus is Human Security and Development, and as such I am very excited to go to Chile and acquire first-hand experience in human rights issues and conflict resolution.
Mi nombre es Soleil Muñiz. Soy hija de padre Mexicano y madre Americana, así que desde joven he estado consciente de la importancia de la comunicación, particularmente entre culturas diferentes. Soy estudiante en el Monterey Institute of International Studies, consiguiendo mi maestría en Estudio de Pólizas Internacionales con un enfoque en Seguridad y Desarrollo Humano. Estoy muy emocionada de tener esta oportunidad de viajar a Chile y adquirir experiencia, no solo en cuestiones de derechos humanos, pero también en mediación de conflictos.
Hello, my name is Antonio Armendáriz. I was born in the US but have lived most of my life in Mexico. When I graduated from High School I went to France to study French. I stayed there for a year. After that I went back to Mexico and studied International Business at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Santa Fe in Mexico City. I have internship experience with JPMorgan, IE Singapore and Hewlet-Packard. I have worked full time at Nortel, a Canadian telecommunications company. I first I came to MIIS to study in the T&I Spanish program but after a year I decided this was not for me. I am currently studying IPS Human Security and Development and I really enjoy it.
Hola, soy Antonio Armendáriz Almeida. Nací en los Estados Unidos pero casí toda mi vida la he vivido en México. Al terminar la preparatoria me fui a estudiar francés en Tours, Francia durante un año. Después regresé a México y estudié Comercio International en el Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Santa Fe (Ciudad de México). Realizé varias pasantía ahí, por ejemplo JPMorgan, IE Singapore y Hewlett-Packard. Después trabajé de tiempo completo en una empresa de telecomunicaciones canadiense, Nortel. Vine a MIIS originalmente a estudiar Traducción e Interpretación, pero después de un año en el programa me di cuenta que no era para mí. Me transferí de maestría y actualmente me encuentro feliz estudiando Estudios Políticos Internationales con un enfoque en Seguridad Humana y Desarrollo.
Paula LeRoy-Antaki is an IPS-Human Security and Development student at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She intends to work in Central America, and has traveled previously to Honduras to conduct HIV education and Costa Rica for a development initiative. She has also worked closely with latino youth in California.
Kelly Phillips has a background in Journalism and speaks French and Spanish fluently. If pressed she can also muster up some basic Mandarin. In 2005, she became the concubina of a Mexican Naval officer and later they were married in a strange public ceremony that cost 10 pesos. They lived in Mexico until things became too violent and they decided to flee. Kelly’s personal experiences with bringing her spouse into the country made her understand that the immigration system is totally broken and needs a major overhaul. She is a veteran of both the Army and the Coast Guard. Her last Op/Ed was published in the New York Times in August of 2009. She hopes that her experiences in Chile with Judge Guzman might provide a story that she can share with a wider audience through journalism.
Melanie is a student at Middlebury College majoring in History. In Chile, she hopes to compare the cultural and class stratifications in Latin American populations to those of the United States
Michael Houseman received his BA in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and is currently working on his MA in Human Security and Development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He is a native Californian and has experience living in Spain, studying language in Sweden and traveling to Central America. He concentrates on gender and development with a focus in high- and post-conflict regions. Michael currently works at the Global Majority, a non-profit organization focusing on building peace through conflict resolution.
Anna is currently studying international environmental policy with a focus in business, sustainability and development. After working nearly 8 years for an independent book publishing company specializing in current events, politics, and environmental issues, she decided that instead of promoting books about people who promote social change, she would be one of them. She’s interested in discovering ways social enterprise and sustainable development might alleviate poverty, promote peace, and improve the environment. Born and raised in Queens, New York, she speaks English, Cantonese Chinese, and improving Spanish.
Anna es una estudiante de maestría en un programa de política internacional medio ambiente. Trabajó hace ocho años para una compañía de editorial que se especializa en la política y el medio ambiente. Es interesada en descubrir formas de empresa social y el desarrollo sostenible puede reducir la pobreza, promover la paz, y mejorar el medio ambiente. Nació en Queens, Nueva York, habla ingles, chino cantons, y un poco español.
Dr. Jan Knippers Black
Professor Black’s international experience includes Senior Associate Membership at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University; Fulbright, Mellon and other grants and Fellowships in South America, the Caribbean, and India; on-site or short-term teaching and honorary faculty positions in several Latin American countries, and extensive overseas lecturing and research. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile and a faculty member with the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester-at-Sea program. Dr. Black was a research professor in the Division of Public Administration, University of New Mexico, and editor and research administrator in American University’s Foreign Area Studies Division. She has also served on some two dozen international editorial and non-governmental organization boards. Her recent books, chapters, and articles published or forthcoming include: Latin America, Its Problems and Its Promise, 4th ed., Rev. Westview Press; A Penetracao Dos Estados Unidos No Brazil, with extensive new epilogue by Fundacao Joaquim Nabuco; articles in Peace Review and Journal of Developing Societies; a book chapter on US-Cuban relations; and Human Rights Impact Assessment: Moving Intervention Upstream. Professor Black also authored United States Penetration of Brazil, Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1977; Sentinels of Empire: The United States and Latin American Militarism, Greenwood-Praeger Press, 1986; The Dominican Republic: Politics and Development in an Unsovereign State, Allyn and Unwin, 1986; Development in Theory and Practice: Paradigms and Paradoxes, 2nd ed. rev, Westview Press 1999; Inequity in The Global Village: Recycled Rhetoric and Disposable People, Kumarian Press, 1999. She has also edited three books, co-authored 14 books, and published about 170 chapters and articles in reference books, anthologies, journals, magazines, and newspapers. She is a member of the following associations: International Political Science Association, Advisory Board; Committee on Civil-Military Affairs; Latin American Studies Associations; Brazilian Studies Association; and International Studies Association.
Organizational partners from Global Majority
The Honorable Judge Juan Guzman
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Lejla B Mavris is a founding member of Global Majority and its current President. She was the Executive Director of Global Majority in 2006-2007. Originally from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lejla came to the United States as a refugee in 1993, returning back for the first time in 1998. Lejla received a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She received further training in conflict analysis through United States Institute of Peace and in post-conflict reconstruction, DDR, and humanitarian negotiations through the Naval Postgraduate School workshops. She started her career interning at the United Nations Development Programme in Sarajevo, followed by working at the United Nations Refugee Agency’s Evaluation and Policy Analysis Unit office in Geneva for the International Professional Service Semester, publishing her work on refugee smuggling and migration. She was an assistant training consultant at the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution programs in Prague and Cyprus. For the past eight years Lejla has taught negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution skills to students and teachers in California, Costa Rica, Jordan, Israel, Nepal, and South Africa. She is an advocate for peace, nonviolence and love.