Vanessa Merine

Bonjour! My name is Vanessa and I am so excited to introduce myself as a new student at CIE this year! I am originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a beautiful island in the Caribbean Sea. Though it was not always easy, I love the fact that I got the chance to grow and learn in my home country. My culture is such a big part of who I am today and I am very thankful for that.


When I set off to college, all I knew for sure is that I wanted work to help improve living standards in underdeveloped countries. I realized that in order to accomplish this goal, I needed more than just an undergraduate degree, so I enrolled in a Master's program in International Business Administration at Nova Southeastern University. During my studies, I took an interest in sub-Saharan Africa and focused my research efforts on the HIV/AIDS pandemic and its effects on the economy of those countries. During my research, I found that education was not always considered a priority in the humanitarian efforts to rebuild nations devastated by war and/or HIV/AIDS, resulting in millions of displaced children with no hope for reestablishing some type of normalcy in their lives.


From that point on, I knew that my journey was just beginning for I had discovered my true passion in education. Therefore, during that time I worked in the higher education field for more than four years and got involved with some great community-based organizations such as Women of Tomorrow and the Upward Bound Program, which focus on providing scholarships, mentors and various resources to the at-risk youth in the urban areas.


Now I am at CIE in order to fully accomplish this life mission of mine to use education as a conduit to development and reconstruction in the underdeveloped world. During my time at CIE, I would like to focus my studies on the various policies that affect the educational systems of underdeveloped countries, particularly in times of emergencies. Again, I am just truly thankful and thrilled to be part of this very vibrant community so let the learning begin!!




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