Peace Corps Master’s International, 2011 Sociology
During her Peace Corps service in Ethiopia, Nicole worked closely with a community organization called Yenega Tesfa, "Hope for Tomorrow," that assisted parentless street boys. Nicole also created an HIV/AIDS education program at the University of Gondar that trained student educators to provide HIV/AIDS prevention information, as well as health and wellness information, to people living with AIDS.
Her thesis research focused on the social constraints on individual agencies concerning HIV/AIDS advocacy. While at Illinois State, Nicole served as an AmeriCorps Member with the Leadership and Service Office. Nicole works as an Economic and Community Development Specialist with Neighborhood Connections.
Peace Corps Master’s International, 2006 Political Science
According to Jermain, “My graduate work on social capital was most helpful during my first year [in the Peace Corps] in helping me to understand the raw and complex process of developing relationships critical to engaging the community.” He applied his learning in El Salvador, assisting communities as a youth development worker for over two years.
Prior to Peace Corps, Jermain worked as a graduate assistant with the McLean County Urban League. After completing his degree, Jermain joined Mercy Corps as manager of an economic recovery program in Sudan. Today Jermain shares his international experiences with his students as the Associate Director of International Studies at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
Peace Corps Master’s International, 2008 Applied Economics
Peace Corps service in Niger offered Kevin Souza the opportunity to help develop sustainable local government in the Commune of Tsernawa. He worked with the Mayor and the Council on training the commune staff in accounting, budgeting, creating a community development plan, grant writing, organizing a census, and project planning.
Before coming to the Stevenson Center, Kevin earned his Bachelor’s from Virginia Tech and worked in disenfranchised communities in Jakarta. Kevin now serves with the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Program Assistant in the South and Central Asia Division.