ipsl grads: where are they now

In thinking about which student stories to pick and share, it occurred to us that the best way to pick from the many wonderful stories would be to highlight where candidates were in their lives (personally,  academically and professionally) when we first met them on the recruiting trail, and where the journey of being in the program eventually took them. The path they take as students sometimes goes in a very different direction from what they initially thought they wanted. We are always happy to witness the openness to change and growth in these students. We tell every candidate to use the program to explore and test assumptions about their life plans. But that's only some candidates.


Other candidates come to us with very clear ideas of what they want to do. One case in particular is Jamal, who had already established his own 501(c)(3) and was looking to the program to help him launch his organization. That is precisely what he did.

But in all of the cases, irrespective of the journey the students take during the program, IPSL

measures our effectiveness by looking at three pillars of distinction. These pillars are areas of

demonstrated achievement by students. IPSL hopes that every student will achieve at least one of these pillars of distinction during the program, which can then serve as a point of departure for future employment or further study. Those pillars are: 1) success at fundraising, including grants, 2)  publishing an article in a scholarly journal, and 3) being accepted to, and presenting at, a professional conference. We celebrate when a student achieves one of these pillars of distinction, and nearly all do;  we are elated when they achieve more than one.



Kaycie is now the Educational Equity Program Manager for the CampusCompact association. Campus Compact of Oregon convenes and supports the work of educational institutions individually and collectively to improve their practice around institutional equity, collaborative learning, and community engagement to respond effectively to a racially diverse and changing Oregon.


Emily, who is from Uganda, wanted to work in Higher Education. After she finished the IPSL graduate program in International Development & Service, she was hired by a college in Los Angeles to manage the institution's Career Advancement Program. As a student in the program, Emily served at several educational organizations in Italy and Ecuador where she acquired invaluable skills in Program Development & Management, Event Planning, and fundraising. These skills, and the professional network she created while serving abroad, all came to bear to help Emily stay in the U.S. and find a career track position.


Tyrone came to us from a Nursing program where he was foundering. He knew he was interested in some area of Global Health, but was not sure what or where. By leveraging his Nursing background, Tyrone has created a unique program model for developing countries that lack any Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) infrastructure. His idea is to train members of the community in First Response Techniques (CPR, etc...) and then to create a mobile network of these trained individuals to be dispatched on an as-needed basis, similar to the Lyft or Uber model. When you need a ride, you use an app to summon a Lyft driver. When you need emergency assistance and a ride to the hospital,  you can tap into Tyrone's crowd-sourced Emergency Response Teams. Tyrone has presented at conferences in Jamaica, Vietnam and New York on his project.

Sarah M.

Sarah M. started as a pre-med student, then came to the IPSL graduate program to explore other facets of Global Health. In Italy and in Thailand, Sarah served with a variety of health care-related organizations and her culminating project was developing a program to lessen the effects of the stigma of those living with HIV/AIDS in SE Asia. Sarah now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and is the Country Operations Manager for an international NGO that works to ensure access to health care to marginalized populations throughout SE Asia.


While Jessica was studying and serving in Italy, she connected with an organization in Yaounde,

Cameroon called REPCAM that has ties to some of the faculty in Italy. REPCAM is a community

organization and residential facility that cares for the children of incarcerated parents. After visiting Cameroon, Jessica decided that she wanted to develop programming that would help sustain the organization in Yaounde where she served. One of the key issues she witnessed at REPCAM was the children's lack of access to health care. Through her connections as a Rotary Club member, Jessica wrote a successful grant for $25,000 that helped her launch a program that now provides dental services to the children who live at REPCAM. Jessica's grant program involves dentists in the U.S.  who want to travel to Cameroon to provide pro bono dental services to the children there. Jessica successfully built a sustainable model that involves the dental profession, the media, and on-goingfundraising events.


Mindy - started with a focus on health care and ended up working in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). When we first met her, she seemed very interested in Global Health. When she got to Italy, that all changed. Her experiences there helped her become acquainted with the wine industry. In particular, Mindy was interested in how the wineries relate to and engage with the community around them. After some research and work in the field, Mindy ended up creating CSR initiatives for the wine and beer industry. These programs included connecting the industry players with community organizations that need support, creating fundraising initiatives, providing marketing/visibility guidance for wineries and breweries so that they can demonstrate their ethical approach to community engagement. This is an example of a student who now works in the for-profit sector, but in a way that encourages corporations to operate with a triple bottom line, measuring their success economically, socially, and environmentally.


Jamal founded his nonprofit shortly before starting the program. His organization is focused on

providing support to the African Diaspora around the world through a variety of programs for youth and adults. Through the IPSL graduate program model, Jamal connected with descendants of Africans in Peru and SE Asia. He worked directly with organizations in those countries that work to create visibility, social and economic justice for the African populations living there. Jamal's organization also has youth development programs in place that permit young people to travel and learn about African populations in other countries and the challenges they face.


Ai has presented papers at two conferences - one in Italy and one in the Philippines - on methods for increasing access to international education for underrepresented student populations. During the program, Ai performed her volunteer service with international education organizations, including at AFS Intercultural Programs, the oldest and most well-known exchange program for high school students. Her work at AFS was as a project manager for a Diversity Initiative that the organization launched last year. AFS operates in 52 countries and is a widely respected international organization. In the same month that Ai graduated, she was offered a position at the University of Texas in their Office of Global Education; one of her responsibilities will be to increase diversity in UT’s study abroad population.

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