Trina Lee is a second-year Masters candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University studying International Organizations and International Information and Communications. Her graduate thesis is focused on examining communication strategies of the UN, particularly during peacekeeping operations. Originally from Northern California, she earned a B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Communications from the University of California, San Diego. Prior to attending Fletcher and UNIC, Trina served a Peace Corps volunteer in Chengdu, China for two years where she taught English and American Culture to university students. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in Political Affairs.
Drew Orland is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin, studying International Relations and Economics, with minors in Business Foundations, Core Texts, and French. He is particularly interested in protecting the rights of migrant and refugee communities. This past year, he was a Brumley Next Generation Scholar with the Strauss Center at UT, assisting with research on cartels in Mexico and their treatment of migrants. His other international experience includes studying French language and culture in Lyon, France and interning in Shanghai, China. On campus, he is heavily involved in local community service, and this past year led an Alternative Breaks trip to South Texas to serve and learn from immigrant communities there. He also enjoys playing the carillon, the bell instrument at the top of the UT Tower.
Mirchaye Sahlu is a graduate student at American University pursuing a Master’s degree in International Journalism and Public Affairs. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications with double concentrations in Print Journalism and Television Production from the University of the District of Columbia. She is interested in changing perceptions through visual storytelling. Her areas of interest include access to education for girls in developing countries, peace and conflict resolution and poverty reduction. Mirchaye’s previous professional experience includes interning at Discovery Communications, the Voice of America, NPR and PBS, where she’s worked in communications. She has also interned at McGuireWoods Consulting, where she regularly attended hearing and drafted memos for the firm’s clients. Moreover, she’s had the opportunity to travel and volunteer in Africa and Europe. After graduation, she hopes to land a job working in international relations and communications.
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