Melanie Demakis is a senior at Susquehanna University seeking dual Bachelor’s degrees in French and International Studies with a focus in comparative cultures. During her undergraduate career, Melanie has acted as President of Susquehanna’s International Club and spent a semester studying French cultural relations in Aix-en-Provence, France. Melanie interned at the Millennium Campus Network in Boston, MA in the summer of 2014 to plan and promote the Millennium Campus Conference, uniting students around the world to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals. She has previously worked as an administrative assistant at Womanshelter/Companeras and as a French tutor and teaching assistant. Melanie is passionate about cultural diplomacy, youth development, and travelling. She is graduating in May of 2015 and intends to continue her studies abroad and pursue a career in international relations.
Ruby Ghastin is a junior at UC Berkeley studying Political Economy with a concentration in Economic Development and International Trade. She has worked in student government, helped establish a consulting division for a student microfinance group, and worked in retail. Prior to college Ruby lived in Spain; she is fluent in Spanish and is learning both Arabic and Italian in hopes of traveling to Italy and the Middle East someday. She plans to combine and develop her interests in economic development, international business, foreign languages, and labor rights after she graduates in May 2016.
Evan Thomsen is currently a graduate student at the George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, where he is seeking a M.A. in International Affairs with focus on conflict resolution and international development. Most recently, he was an intern with the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Prior to this, he served in the US Army as the director of the 82nd Airborne Division's All-American Chorus. Through a lifetime of world travel, Evan has been interested in a wide degree of international issues, including conflict, globalization, ideology, and extremism. Evan is particularly passionate about the causes and potential resolutions to identity based conflict. Additionally, Evan has extensive volunteer experience. Upon completion of his M.A., he hopes to continue his studies and education in International Affairs.
Sebra Yen is a first year graduate student at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs studying Global Communication and Public Diplomacy with a regional concentration in East Asia. He is also an Associate Editor with the International Affairs Review, a graduate student-run publication at the Elliott School. Prior to graduate studies, Sebra studied Foreign Affairs and East Asian Studies at the University of Virginia. After graduating, he pursued intensive language study in the heart of Asia at the National Taiwan Normal University's Mandarin Training Center in Taipei, where he coupled his academics with volunteer positions with the MOFA Department of International Organizations and the Chinese Taipei Figure Skating Federation, working with sports diplomacy. Sebra has experience working for an UN-associated NGO, a chamber of commerce, and US Congress. He is fluent in Mandarin and proficient in Japanese.