The Student Council composed of students from all degree programs and serves as the governing body for all students enrolled at the Institute, acting as a voice for students in communication with faculty and staff.
President: Morgan Rawlings
Originally from New Jersey, Morgan graduated from Indiana University with a BA in East Asian languages and cultures and a double minor in music and international studies. While at IU, Morgan was an active member of the National Language Flagship’s Chinese program and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, as well as the Singing Hoosiers, IU’s touring show choir. After graduation, Morgan worked professionally in the advertising world in the U.S. and China for four years before deciding to return to school to focus on her true passion: international education. Morgan is currently a second-year International Education Management and Public Administration dual master's degree candidate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. At MIIS, Morgan is a student representative on the Global Operations Committee, Envisioning Middlebury Advisory Committee, and the Board of Overseers, and she is excited to serve as your Student Council president for the 2017–2018 school year!
Vice President: Elea Becker Lowe
Elea is a second-year master’s student in the International Environmental Policy program with a focus in Natural Resources Management and Policy. She grew up in Vermont and like most MIIS students has spent time living and traveling abroad before landing in California. In her free time, she’s outdoors watching wildlife or hiking in the mountains. She also loves yoga, gardening, and playing guitar. Over the summer months Elea worked for the California Natural Resources Agency helping develop climate change adaptation policies for the state. During her final year at MIIS and after graduation she plans to continue similar work. Elea was the GSIPM representative on Student Council last year and is looking forward to her new role as vice president. She is thrilled to be part of Student Council once again to work with, support, and represent all of the amazing, diverse, and inspirational students at MIIS.
Treasurer: Radwa Wahba
Radwa is a second-year joint MBA and International Policy and Development student. She received her BA in global affairs with minor in linguistics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Radwa worked with the Middle East Broadcasting Network as Alhurra’s current events intern and went on to intern for Representative Karen Bass of California’s 37th district on Capitol Hill for four months after graduation. She then went on to lead the King Abdullah Scholarship Program’s database evaluation and update as a project manager for the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Virginia before beginning her journey at MIIS. Radwa is very much looking forward to connecting, engaging, and collaborating with the community as treasurer for the 2017–2018 academic year.
Student Activities Director: Angelie Montesa
Angelie is a second-year joint NPTS and MBA student with a focus on Corporate Risk Management and Compliance. She grew up in Salinas, California, until moving down south to sunny Los Angeles to pursue her undergraduate degree. Upon graduation, she decided to stay in Los Angeles and work with at-risk adolescents suffering from substance abuse and trauma. She provided therapy and treatment to all adolescents and their families but specialized in Spanish monolingual and low-income households. During her time there, Angelie learned about the various factors contributing to adolescent substance abuse and trauma, including that of sex and drug trafficking. Thus she decided to return home and begin a new journey at MIIS. She currently interns with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, Bureau of Investigations, and wants to be actively engaged in giving back to her hometown. During her free time, Angelie loves running in the sun, cooking for friends and family, and eating. She is excited to be a part of the Student Council and looks forward to serving, engaging, and connecting the MIIS community further. She plans to take social activities to a whole new level for the 2017–2018 academic year!
Historian: Coleen Bremner
Instead of dropping out of society to live her life in the wilderness as a majestic unicorn, Coleen Bremner is in the throes of her first year as a Master of Public Administration candidate. She received her BS in communication studies with a minor in journalism from Southern Oregon University in Ashland. After graduating she went on a two-year adventure in the Gambia in West Africa as a health education volunteer with the Peace Corps, and is currently a fellow at MIIS. Fun facts about her include the following: she is a Twizzler lover; Red Vines have no place in her home. She works nights fighting crime (she will not admit to being Wonder Woman, but ask yourselves, have you seen Lex Luthor recently?). She loves running, and when she says running she means out of time, out of money, when she is being chased, or if there is food in front of her. She is a total goofball thrilled at the prospect of working with such phenomenal colleagues on Student Council and supporting the student body to the best of her abilities as historian.
Secretary: Amy Liu
Qiongjie (Amy) Liu is a first-year MA of Translation and Localization Management student. Originally from Luoyang, China, Amy moved to California six years ago to achieve her educational goal. She received her BA in international studies at California State University, East Bay. While at CSUEB, Amy was the president of the International Student Club and worked on campus as administrative assistant and writing tutor for three years. After graduation, Amy worked in a fast, high-tech environment, providing services in testing and product certification for multinational and start-up companies in Silicon Valley. Amy likes making friends, learning new skills, running, and ballet. Amy is the secretary of Student Council and is looking forward to making contribution to this community.
Communications Director: Gabriel Sanders
Gabe is a native of the Sonoma Wine Country—Santa Rosa, California to be precise. He grew up playing soccer, making action figures from pipe cleaners, watching Star Wars and reading books about Star Wars, and dreaming of the day that starships and a multicultural galactic society becomes the reality. He wants to be a Jedi when he grows up … but decided to get an education in the meantime. He speaks Spanish and French, having earned an AA in linguistics from the Santa Rosa Junior College and a BA in international relations from UC Davis. During and since finishing his undergraduate education, he has worked in child care, restaurants, wineries, and in administrative and philanthropic roles in small and large companies. Just before coming to MIIS, he was making sandals and working as a strength and conditioning coach with Level 1 certifications in CrossFit and Strong First Girya disciplines. Now he is a first-semester International Policy and Development student studying Arabic with a concentration in Conflict Resolution and Intercultural Competency. One day, he hopes to use the wisdom of his mentors (Obi Wan, Master Yoda, and Idries Shah) to restore balance to the Force.
GSTILE Senator: Beth Letcher
Beth is a second-year student in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA program. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Alabama with a dual degree in Mandarin and Chinese history. Between Alabama and Monterey, Beth spent her time teaching learners between the ages of two and 86 in the U.S., Canada, China, and Taiwan. After MIIS, she plans to move to Costa Rica to teach English, learn Spanish, and wrangle baby sloths in her free time. Beth is pleased to join the Student Council team and to provide communication and outreach to the GSTILE community.
GSIPM Senator: Mario Lamar
Mario T. Lamar is a third-year Master of Public Administration, Human Security candidate. He received his BA in international studies with minor in Spanish from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he worked as an Oprah Winfrey South African Leadership Fellow in South Africa and Zimbabwe studying AIDS/HIV. He is a Navy veteran and active Rotary member of Monterey Peninsula. Mario looks forward to contributing to the Student Council team and GSIPM community.