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Student Spotlight

Samuel Carlson

Samuel Carlson (Elkhart, IN) received his undergraduate education in Peace, Justice, & Conflict Studies, as well as Women’s & Gender Studies. He tailored his undergraduate course load to explore peacebuilding and gender theory as they both relate to health and wellness. Carlson is a graduate of Goshen College, a mid-west liberal arts university committed to international education, sustainability, and social justice. Within his studies, Carlson studied conflict transformation in Israel and Palestine, reconciliation in Cambodia, and intercultural communication throughout the United States. With his relocation to Chicago, Carlson hopes to discern where gender justice, refugee resettlement, and peacemaking intersect. In his free time, he enjoys trying new foods, watching documentaries, and making new connections.​​

Mary Eschenfelder

Hi! My name is Mary Eschenfelder, and I am from the Pittsburgh area. I received my BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Ohio Wesleyan University with minors in Black World Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.  During my time there, I participated in a travel learning course to Spain to study cultural and social movements across the country including immigration issues.  I completed an internship my senior year in Chicago at GirlForward. This non-profit supports adolescent refugee girls.  These experiences have led me to DePaul to further my studies and understanding of refugee and forced migration issues, which I hope will lead to a career in the field.  I enjoy traveling and sampling all the great restaurants in Chicago!​​

Stephanie Keith

Stephanie Keith graduated from Kansas State University with dual-degrees in Anthropology and International Studies in 2013. Following her studies, she worked in eastern Germany as a Fulbright recipient. Wanting to continue her work and gain further experience in international and multi-cultural work, Stephanie worked in Rwanda, East Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer promoting English comprehension, literacy and financial literacy. As a current Refugee Resettlement Case Manager focusing on refugee’s arrival and success in Chicago, she continues her studies at DePaul University to advance her understanding in refugee law, history, and support in the United States.​​

Mutsa Nicola Mukome

Mutsa is an experienced humanitarian with a diverse background in developmental work with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Returnees and NGO management. She happens to really enjoy advocating for marginalized communities and empowering individuals to integrate successfully in receiving communities. Mutsa’s experience includes screening IDPs for documentation, training on IDP and human rights as well as assisting Returnees write funded income generating projects that helped with economic liberation.  Mutsa looks forward to Chicago’s cultural activities, scenic areas and not forgetting experiencing the windy city in its element!​

Shireen Nassar

Shireen Nassar is the daughter of a Palestinian refugee, which has inspired her social activism since she was in high school. After graduating with her MA in Sociology, she worked for Amnesty International USA which further inspired her desire to work for human rights and social justice around the world. She currently lives in Chicago and teaches adjunct, while volunteering for various not for profit and charitable organizations. She enjoys travel, learning languages and photography.​​

Andréa Nunes

Andréa Nunes graduated from Lesley University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and a minor in Spanish. During her time living in the Boston area she worked extensively with refugee communities as well as undocumented immigrants. Andréa is interested in pursuing research with forced migrant populations and post-conflict reconciliation. She looks forward to continuing her education through a migration-oriented lens and working with others who are as equally passionate.​​

Carlene Yearwood

Carlene Yearwood graduated from The University of Alabama with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies.  The following year she continued her education with Post Grad coursework in Special Education before joining Teach For America.  Moving to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to teach Special Education took a little adjusting for the small town girl who grew up in Northern Alabama.  Teaching in a school with 87 percent of students of Hispanic origin, having built strong relationships with parents, she learned that many moved to the United States for their children to be given opportunities that weren’t afforded to them in their homelands. 

Determine to educate herself and better herself to serve the most vulnerable populations, Carlene is seeking a M.S. in Refugee and Forced Migration studies.  Her goal is to insure that children with non-typical development are given the same educational experiences as peers with typical development. 

When not studying, Carlene enjoys exploring coffee shops, FaceTiming with her nephews, and having conversations that will broaden her perspective.