Nicole Graham is a second-year International Relations Master’s student at American University’s School of International Service, focusing on comparative and regional studies of Europe and international organizations. Previously, she worked with the United Nation’s Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA), promoting a relationship between the UN’s mission and the citizens of the DC area. In her spare time she works with UNA-NCA’s DC for CEDAW committee and is a volunteer teacher at the Washington English Center. At the conclusion of her time with UNIC, Nicole will travel to Greece for her Master’s capstone to do research on the social impact of the country’s continued financial crisis. From Massachusetts, she enjoys reading, cooking, and exploring as many DC museums as possible.
Miriam Mehdi is a Fulbright fellow pursuing her master’s degree in social enterprise from American University’s School of International Service, Washington DC. She is the executive-leader of the graduate student government of School of International Service at American University. In the past she has worked with corporations, social organizations and academic institutes including Ashoka, Shell and Kansai Paints. Miriam holds BA and MBA from FAST-NUCES, Pakistan. She is passionate about economic development, social innovation and marketing.
Lauren Orchard is a senior at Valparaiso University studying International Relations and Geography with a concentration in Native American Studies. This academic path was inspired by Ms. Orchard’s interest in social psychology and complex relationships. Through her academic work, however, these interests have grown into a love for policy development –an art that has the ability to heal damaged relationships and protect human rights. So far, Ms. Orchard has drawn on her own travel experiences to South America and Eastern Europe for her personal growth and understanding of the world. She hopes to travel more extensively in her future career as a political consultant or university professor, serving as an advocate for human rights and diplomacy.