Though I grew up primarily in Texas, I have lived abroad in France, Belgium, Spain, Jordan, and the United Kingdom, and speak three languages fluently (English, Spanish, Urdu), and two conversationally (Arabic and French). During my time at Davidson College, I interned in the public sector at the United Nations Foundation in New York and the Global Governance Institute, a think tank in Brussels. Additionally, I interned in the private sector in San Francisco at PwC and Kroll, a corporate investigations and risk-management firm, respectively. My involvement in both public and private sector work early in my career provides me with a unique perspective as I begin my M.A. in Global Thought. This past year, I worked as the Project Manager to establish the global Refugee Food Festival in San Francisco for its inaugural U.S. edition in partnership with UNHCR. At Columbia, I hope to focus on the rise of social impact in the U.S. in the private sector, particularly in the tech sector, and find methods to encourage tech companies to use their resources to promote the integration of refugees in sustainable ways.
During my undergraduate degree, I focused on refugee issues, particularly infrastructure in refugee camp design and the integration of refugees in a range of global contexts. I hope to continue my research this year and focus on new ways the private sector, particularly the tech sector, can continue to support the integration of refugees in sustainable ways.
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Arab Studies, Davidson College (2017)