Alex Bailey is a rising senior at Emory University pursuing a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Global Health, Culture, and Society. She is proficient in German and studied French at the Sorbonne University in Paris in 2012 and Twi at the University of Ghana last fall. During her time studying abroad in Ghana, she took classes at the university and interned at MicroEnsure, creating a framework for a micro insurance product that will reach the informal sector of Ghanaian society. She is passionate about the rights of women and girls and was a creator and Vice President of The Girl Campaign, an NGO that promoted women and girls' education and empowerment in the Emory community and beyond. She also authored a chapter of a Comprehensive Education Plan that was implemented in a primary school located in a crisis zone in South Sudan. She is an active member of Emory University's Model United Nations team. Alex is trained as a Sexual Assault Peer Advocate in order to serve as a resource to survivors of sexual assault and she enjoys teaching English as a Second Language within the refugee community of Atlanta. She hopes to travel after graduation and plans to obtain her M.A. in Public Health.
Leigh Huffman recently graduated from The College of Wooster with a major in International Relations and a minor in Spanish. During her time at Wooster, she was the president of the college’s Model United Nations Team and a Teaching Apprentice for two courses: The United Nations System, and Nationalism and Interdependence. For the past year, she wrote her Senior Independent Study Thesis titled “It’s Not You, It’s Me: The Effect of Nationalist Movement Leadership Style on the Decision to Pursue Secession.” In particular, this thesis looked at the impact of the personality traits of nationalist movement leaders from Catalonia, Scotland, and Flanders on the decision to seek secession in the years 2007-2013. Professionally, Leigh interned with the US Department of State at the US Mission to the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna, Austria during the summer of 2012. Leigh is honored to be a fellow at the United Nations Information Center Washington and hopes to pursue a career in international affairs and government relations.
Victoria Smith is currently pursuing an M.A. in Strategic Communication at American University. As an undergraduate student at the University of Tennessee, she double majored in Anthropology and Political Science and was a member of the university’s Chancellor’s Honors Program. While at UT, Victoria also studied Mandarin Chinese, and in 2009, she spent a semester abroad in Beijing, China at Beijing Foreign Studies University. After graduating with her B.A. in 2011, Victoria moved to Taipei, Taiwan, to further develop her Chinese proficiency. There she studied Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University’s Mandarin Training Center. She also used the opportunity to gain a better understanding of both Taiwanese culture and local sentiments regarding cross-strait relations. Most recently, Victoria completed an internship at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and served as a Graduate Assistant at American University. Following her graduation this August, Victoria hopes to pursue a career in international communication.
Caoyu Xu is currently pursuing an M.A. in Arab Studies with a concentration in development at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. As a Chinese national who majored in Arabic language and Middle Eastern Studies during his undergraduate studies at Shanghai International Studies University, Caoyu can speak three official languages of the UN: English, Arabic, and Chinese fluently. Prior to starting this summer fellowship at UNIC Washington, Caoyu worked on international finance at the Bank of China, and he has also conducted various researches on economic development in the Middle East, the U.S. and China’s foreign policy, counter-terrorism, and public-private partnership. An internship experience with UNRWA at its Syria field office greatly sparked Caoyu’s interest in international organizations and global development. After he finishes his studies, Caoyu wishes to pursue a career in the field of international development.