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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.
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 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 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 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 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