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Beth Magyar

Beth Magyar

International Education Management

Beth served with the Peace Corps as a Youth and Health Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of Eswatini. Her service and other experiences abroad established her passions for education and cross-cultural exchange which is what led her to MIIS. The campus and classes have provided her with a flourishing network and relevant knowledge and critical thinking about global development. In her spare time, Beth loves playing outdoors and exploring new places, which there is an abundance of in the Monterey area. She would love to talk with you about our wonderful weather and international community.

Alice McGown

Alice McGown

International Environmental Policy

Alice has represented the International Environmental Policy program on the student council and is pursuing a Natural Resources Policy and Management specialization. Fluent in Thai from her two years of Peace Corps service, Alice is a recipient of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship and active in the Institute’s Peace Corps club. She serves on the COVID planning committee and is well-positioned to answer questions about all the work that’s gone into making the campus a safe place to learn and work together. Since starting her graduate career, Alice has focused on geospatial information systems (making maps) and can typically be found in one of the Institute’s computer labs, where she works as a teaching assistant. Environmental justice and development policy in the Global South have become central themes of her work at MIIS. Previously, Alice spent almost a decade working as a cameraperson in the film and television industry and still loves shooting videos and photography when she can find a spare minute. Sign up to chat.

Morgan Moore

Morgan Moore

Joint MA International Policy & Development/MA International Trade & Economic Diplomacy

Originally from Dallas, Morgan is pursuing a joint MA degree in International Policy and Development and International Trade and Economic Diplomacy. She graduated cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. She served in the Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development volunteer in Paraguay and is a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow at MIIS. Her interest in foreign languages, social justice, and restorative economics led her to MIIS. Morgan is a graduate assistant in the enrollment department and works to build partnerships with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Sign up to chat

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Julius Moye

Joint MA International Trade & Economic Diplomacy/MA Nonproliferation & Terrorism Studies 

Julius is focusing on trade/corporate compliance on the ITED side of his degree and obtaining a Financial Crime Management Specialization on the NPTS side. His language of study is Russian. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Julius spent his undergrad career at Tufts University in Medford, MA (2011-2015). For the three years prior to MIIS, Julius served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. Since coming to Monterey in the summer of 2019, he currently serves as a Volunteer Project Manager for the Monterey City Manager’s Office, a Volunteer Trade Analyst for the Consulate General of Ukraine and as a member of the WIT-NC Events Committee. 

Julius also serves on the MIIS Student Council as Middlebury Collaboration Manager. He would be more than happy to discuss academic and professional development here at MIIS. And, as a musician, he’d also love to talk shop about the music scene here on the Peninsula.Sign up to chat.

Niko Garbacz

Niko Garbacz

Joint MPA/MA in International Education Management

Niko is a Peace Corps Fellow who served as an Education volunteer in Timor-Leste, and previously taught abroad in the UK and Germany. These experiences have kindled his passion for listening to teachers, students, and other stakeholders to improve the their learning environments, especially in low-resource and multicultural settings. He is enrolled in the joint IEM & MPA programs with a focus on intercultural communications. The curriculum, faculty, and staff at MIIS have been a great fit for learning to be a more effective professional in international education. Niko also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Sustainable Enterprise Management. He loves to spend time in the MIIS community garden, growing vegetables and herbs in his plot, and is an active member of the Student Council, serving as Logistics and Operations Coordinator. Sign up to chat.

Emily Christian

Emily Christian

Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

Emily is pursuing the Financial Crimes Management specialization and her language of study is Spanish. Emily grew up in Morristown, New Jersey and completed her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston. As an undergraduate Emily had two internships in Washington DC at INTERPOL Washington, and the State Department. Emily works at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Sign up to chat.

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Kristen Tuttle

TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language

Originally from Michigan, Kristen is pursuing an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a specialization in Language Program Administration. She graduated from Macalester College in 2018, where she studied Spanish and Educational Studies. After graduating, she served in AmeriCorps for two years with the Twin Cities-based educational non-profit College Possible. Kristen came to the Middlebury institute in 2020 after realizing she wanted to combine her passions for education and language. She currently works as a graduate assistant to the TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language program chair. Sign up to chat.

Paulina Diaz

Paulina Diaz

Translation; Translation and Interpretation; Conference Interpretation

Originally from Mexico, Paulina is pursuing her MA in Conference Interpretation (Spanish and English). She graduated from Simpson University in Redding, California with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies. During her childhood, she quickly discovered her passion for translation and interpretation and enjoyed helping people communicate in different languages. As an undergrad student-athlete, she has always wanted to participate in the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup as an interpreter. On weekends, Paulina loves visiting new coffee shops and restaurants in the Monterey Area. During her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and going to the gym. In the future, she hopes to open more opportunities for women in sports media. Sign up to chat.

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Shuming (Koni) Chen

Translation and Localization Management

Koni is pursuing her MA in Translation and Localization Management and English is her language of study. She is originally from Canton, China, and completed her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Relations at the University of California, Davis. After graduation, Koni worked as a litigation paralegal for three years and was frequently asked to accomplish language-needed assignments beyond her regular paralegal duties. For the 2021–2022 academic year, Koni will be the chapter manager of the Women in Localization MIIS Chapter (WL MIIS) and continues the WL MIIS’ mission of fostering a global community for the advancement of women and the localization industry. Sign up to chat.

Allie Corcoran

Allie Corcoran

Online Translation and Localization Management

Allie is currently pursuing a MA in Translation and Localization Management through the online program and is based in Connecticut. She received a BA in French and Spanish from the University of South Carolina. Previously, she worked in the film industry translating documentary footage, and now works for a language service provider in their linguistic validation department. She is the Membership Manager at Women in Localization at MIIS and is involved with MIIS activities even from a distance. When she’s not studying, she’s out hiking with her dog Penny or baking something delicious. Sign up to chat.