Mariam Rashid

I grew up near Lake Victoria in Western Kenya. I received my BA in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Nairobi and my M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. I started my career as a teacher and later transitioned into textbook writing for Kenyan public schools and curriculum development for Bridge International Academies in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Zia Andar (M.Ed. 2018)

Zia Andar completed his Master’s degree in International Education in 2018 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, supported by the Fulbright Scholarship program. Coming from an aid dependent country, Zia’s research focus was on effectiveness of international aid in educational programs.  His Master’s project is available on the UMass Scholarworks site here.

 

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Jacole L. Douglas

I am a first year doctoral student in the International Education program. Coming from a family of educators, the value of education was instilled in me at a young age. I earned a BA in English Teaching from The University of Montana, and I started my professional career as a high school English Language Arts teacher for at-risk youth.

 

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Pempho Chinkondenji

My research interests focus on gender, education, and international development in the “Global South,” especially in the context of Africa.  As a first-generation college student, my academic journey, especially after I completed my secondary education was not easy.  My personal experiences together with my academic journey and professional practice largely contributed to my interest in this area.

 

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Verity Norman-Tichawangana (M.Ed. 2011)

Verity Norman-Tichawangana is the Executive Director of Jitegemee Children's Program in Machakos, Kenya. "Jitegemee" means "to sustain yourself" in Kiswahili, and the program provides formal and non-formal educational support and other social services to vulnerable children in the community.

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Blake Marcus (M.Ed. 2018)

After graduating from Connecticut College with a double major in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies in 2010, I spent the summer in Cambodia getting my TESOL certification for teaching abroad. My time in Southeast Asia led me to develop a love of working internationally. Later that year I moved to Montana for the snowy winters and spent my summers teaching English across the globe and setting up international exchange programs for high school students.

 

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Mohammad Iqbal Halimi (M.Ed. 2018)

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela.  

 

I am from Afghanistan and I strongly believe that the only way we can transform chaos into good governance and efficient management in fragile states is to replace war, guns and discrimination with pens and books, friendship, love, tolerance and cooperation.

 

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Sahara Pradhan (M.Ed. 2018)

I am now a first year doctoral student from Nepal in the International Education program and in the Center for International Education. I completed my BA in Political Science and Education at Vassar College in New York and my MA in International Education at UMass Amherst.

 

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Eunice Kua (M.Ed. 2018)

I come from the beautiful country of Malaysia. For the past eight years, I have had the privilege of working with Darfur refugees in Chad, facilitating a literacy program in the local language. My major roles included designing and delivering collaborative teacher training workshops and facilitating the development of culturally relevant materials.

 

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Mohammad Mahboob Morshed (Ph.D. 2018)

 

Greetings! I am Mohammad Mahboob Morshed, born and brought up in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. I represent an urban middle-income large family having very strong bonds and collective feelings among its members.

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