Senior Spotlight: Class of 2018

We have exciting news to share about the Global Studies class of 2018! Among our seniors who will graduate on Monday:
  • Dabney Brice has accepted a full scholarship to the University of Delaware’s Masters of Public Administration program;
  • Nadine Elsayed has accepted a position with Adobe Systems in Mountain View, California;
  • Klaudia Jazwinska will spend the next two years as a Marshall Scholar in the UK;
  • Matt Levin will be entering Lehigh’s one-year Masters in Management program;
  • Katie Morris, upon completing her internship at the United Nations, will begin a new position in refugee resettlement for the state of Arizona;
  • Lindsay Wilson has a job awaiting her in the legal division of the Wonderful Company in Los Angeles.
We also have this from one of our recent graduates: Summer Sullivan, class of 2017, is finishing up a year working in community development with Americorps in Bakersfield, California, and will begin the Masters program in Global Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall.
Congratulations everyone! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

End of the Year Celebration

Thank you to everyone who came out today for the End of the Year Celebration in Williams Hall. It was a wonderful opportunity to recognize our seniors and present awards to those students who have shown exemplary work in the Global Studies program.

Congratulations to Nadine Elsayed, Katelyn Barr, Chelsea Hipwell, Klaudia Jazwinska, and all of our graduating seniors. Enjoy your last few weeks at Lehigh and we wish you the best of luck in the future!

Global Studies Student Research Award Winner

Huge congratulations to one of our own, Emma Stevenson ’18, for earning the Libraries Student Research Prize for excellence in scholarship and research. Emma is a dual International Relations-Economics and Global Studies major.

Her recognition was announced in March, but she received the prize in a ceremony in Williams Hall today. To read more about all of her incredible achievements, click here: (…)

Katie Morris: Alumna Profile

After completing her graduation requirements a semester early, Katie Morris ‘18, double major in Global Studies and Journalism at Lehigh University, began working as an intern for the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI).

“At Lehigh not only did I learn how to be a successful student, but I became a well-rounded and better person,” said Morris.

DPI was established in 1946 to “to promote global awareness and understanding of the work of the United Nations,” and is partnered with over 1,500 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Lehigh being one of them. DPI works alongside these NGOs and provides access to exclusive UN events and briefings.

As an intern, Morris is responsible for coordinating briefings by scheduling speakers, creating promotional materials and programs, ensuring everything remains on schedule and issuing access passes to the UN.


Aside from her usual duties as a DPI intern, Morris has been assisting with the Youth Representative Program. A committee of youth representatives meets each week to discuss and plan events related to youth participation at the UN.

“DPI gives us a lot of responsibilities, more so than any other internship I’ve had before,” Morris said. Previously, she had interned at Save the Children US and with the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

At the UN, Morris has had some unprecedented experiences meeting high-ranking officials.

A few weeks ago, she was assigned to volunteer at an event run by the mission of South Korea. She had no idea that the Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, would be in attendance.

“Seeing the Secretary-General be only a few feet away from me has definitely been a highlight of my internship so far,” Morris said.

Morris credited her success to her Lehigh education. She praised the faculty did an excellent job preparing her for the real world, and her challenging coursework made her feel comfortable for when she has been given critical tasks for her internship.

“As a Global Studies major, I learned to write well and perform research,” Morris said. “And presenting my research is a big part of what I do now.”

Morris is often asked to develop a list of speakers who should be extended an invitation to speak at a briefing or event. Recently, she needed to identify potential speakers for a Holocaust event to pitch to her boss.

“Making the lists takes a lot of research and knowing what would work best,” she said.

Throughout her time at Lehigh, Morris undertook the position of Social Media Coordinator for the Global Studies Program. She said she learned how to strengthen her interpersonal and social skills by interviewing people and talking to professors.

“Especially at DPI, it’s really important to be able to talk to people,” Morris said. “We always have people coming in and asking us a variety of questions and you need to be able to answer them.”

Morris said she is grateful for the skills she acquired at Lehigh for equipping her for these responsibilities.

Reflecting on her time at Lehigh, Morris felt like she gained an immense amount of wisdom. “I feel like I became smart, aside from book smart,” she said.

Morris believed that her junior year of college was when everything started to fall into place. “I started to feel really confident and sure of my actions, and that’s important for when I work and to be successful,” she said.

Morris hopes to continue her success at the UN, but is also keeping every option open as she said she loves getting a feel for each organization.

“This has been the ultimate learning experience and I hope to continue to grow from it in the coming months,” Morris said.

Elissa Miolene: Alumna Profile


Elissa Miolene ‘15 double-majored in Global Studies and Journalism at Lehigh before receiving a Masters in Politics and Policy through Lehigh’s Presidential Scholars program. She now works as the Communications and Knowledge Management Officer with Alive Medical Services (AMS) in Kampala, Uganda. AMS tests hundreds of Ugandans every month, linking HIV-positive clients to comprehensive care. The group also provides anti-retroviral treatment (ART) to over 13,000 active clients, including 1,000 HIV-positive youth and adolescents.

Miolene’s current project with AMS is an initiative allowing HIV patients to share their stories on recorders; the goal is to share these stories with future patients and the world. The project is called “Positive. Powerful. Alive,” and its goal is to empower other HIV patients by fighting the stigma around HIV. She hopes that the stories will also reach a broader audience and influence the conversation about HIV globally.

Miolene is looking for donations to help advance her project and to help her purchase five recorders. These donations can be in the form of cash or used recording devices similar to an iTouch so the videos can be edited directly on the device. You can contribute to the project on

Spring Registration

Lehigh University spring registration will take place Nov. 13-16. Look at the image below to see what Global Studies courses are being offered. Make sure to get in touch with your adviser to receive your PIN and to discuss which classesGSSpring18 (1) you need to be taking.

Global Studies Travel Grant Winners!


Pictured, from L to R: Matt Cossel ‘17, Katie Morris ‘17, Gili Remen ‘19, Angie Rizzo ‘19, Nia Baker ‘19; not pictured: Tulani Bey and Delaney McCaffrey

Every spring a few students win Global Studies Travel Grants. Our program offers these awards to make off-campus study and internship opportunities more accessible for students. We had an especially strong set of applicants this year, and you can read about the winners below.

Global Studies majors

  • Matt Cossel (GS/Journalism ‘17) will use the grant to defray the costs living in New York City this summer for a highly coveted but unpaid internship with the UN’s Department of Public Information. Matt will plan briefings and coordinate activities with other UN offices. He hopes to learn about the many NGOs (non-governmental organizations) affiliated with UN headquarters. Matt first got interested in the UN during a visit there with the Prelusion program prior to his first semester at Lehigh.
  • Katie Morris (GS/Journalism ‘17) will intern in Washington with the NGO Save the Children, specifically their humanitarian aid and emergency response team. Katie will be doing media and communications work, helping plan for World Humanitarian Day (August 19) and the UN General Assembly meeting (September 12). She will help Save staffers tell their stories about their projects overseas, as well as work on the Every Last Child campaign raising awareness and funds for refugee issues. Katie says, “I’m looking forward to working in a professional environment alongside people with the type of experience I aspire to have.”
  • Gili Remen (GS/Journalism ‘19) heads out in August to participate in the semester-long  CIEE Communications, New Media & Journalism program in Seville, Spain. All her coursework there will be in Spanish, and she will live in a homestay. While in Seville she hopes to take electives on Spanish journalism, political journalism, documentary filmmaking, multimedia, photography. Gili is especially excited for a planned weekend visit to Morocco.
  • Angie Rizzo (GS/Sustainable Development ‘19) will fly to India to intern for six weeks with the NGO Tarumitra (which she has been representing at the UN), working on Tarumitra’s environmental and sustainable development projects. After previous group study trips to Indonesia and Antigua, Angie is eager to travel on her own this summer.

Non-GS majors

  • Nia Baker (Sociology/WGSS ‘19) travels to Dakar, Senegal this fall for a CIEE semester program focusing on language, culture, gender and development. She will be studying French and Wolof and learning about Islam from Senegalese teachers, as well as staying with a host family. “I’m looking forward to studying a part of the world I’ve never been to,” says Nia.
  • Tulaney Bey (International Relations/Economics ‘20) will participate in the Lehigh in Shanghai program this summer, and will do a five-week internship as well as 40 hours of language study to add to the two years of Chinese instruction already under her belt. For Tulaney this will be a chance to get her feet wet and prepare for later long-term study abroad in her junior year. She wants to spend time exploring Shanghai’s cosmopolitan economic center and practicing photography.
  • Delaney McCaffrey (IDEAS ‘19) will join Actuality Media’s summer Documentary Outreach program in Cusco, Peru as part of a team of filmmakers from around the world creating a short documentary about a community member working for positive change. Delaney hopes to gain real-life experience telling stories that matter and preparing for a future in filmmaking.


GS senior wins prestigious award for Middle East study

We would like to congratulate, Toni Isreal ’17 who has been awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship. Isreal is triple majoring in Global Studies, Africana Studies and International Relations/Modern Languages and Literature (IR/MLL).

The Boren Scholarship is highly selective and awards undergraduate’s financial assistance to learn an uncommon language that is considered critical to U.S. foreign interests. The award is contingent on the student completing one-year of service in the federal government.

Isreal will be studying Arabic at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman, Jordan. While there she will have the opportunity to learn the Levantine/Jordanian Arabic Dialect. Isreal plans to continue her work volunteering with refugees and will work on her thesis for her IR/MLL degree. She is considering focusing her thesis on the political economy of violence.

She says, “I am grateful for this amazing opportunity as it is something I have been working towards since my sophomore year in high school, at The Madeira School. My studies at Lehigh have also encouraged my intellectual curiosity about the global processes affecting areas of conflict in the Middle East.”

Last summer, Isreal was awarded a Global Studies travel grant to take an advanced-level Arabic class in Washington, DC. While at Lehigh she has taken an array of Arabic classes and has studied abroad in Morocco and Oman.

Congratulations Toni, we can’t wait to hear all about your experiences!