MPA Candidate, MIIS

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I grew up in a small town in Nebraska with two older sisters. Traveling and learning languages are life-long interests of mine. I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where I earned a BA in French and a Master of Community & Regional Planning. I am currently studying public administration at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Prior to arriving at MIIS in January 2015, I served two years in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic as a health extension volunteer. Working in my Dominican community on human rights promotion was an impactful experience. I lived on the Dominican/Haitian border which is at the forefront of tensions between the two countries. Training a group of community leaders to be human rights promoters and learning the stories of families without any documentation pushed me to pursue a career in human rights and social justice.