Bree Del Sordo graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Spring 2004, earning a B.A. in Politics, with a concentration in political theory, and a B.A. in Philosophy with an emphasis in continental theory. She studied at Cambridge University, UK during the summer of her senior year. Her undergraduate collegiate achievements include the Dean of Humanities Award in philosophy for a sixty-page senior thesis titled "Genesis and Job: An Investigation of Suffering and Healing," a publication in the UCSC Philosophy Journal, and Honors in the division of politics upon graduation. After serving as an intern with the IPJ in the fall of 2004, Bree went on to volunteer with the IPJ program, WorldLink ~ Connecting Youth to Global Affairs. She then spent several months with the International Rescue Committee, San Diego Chapter. Bree is currently studying for a Master's degree in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. - a joint program administered through the School of International Service and the Department of Philosophy and Religion. She received an Award of Distinction on her Qualifying Paper, a requirement for successful completion of the M.A. and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. She has been a research assistant for Professor Farhang Erfani, and is currently a Facilitator for Amnesty International's Human Rights Education Service Corps at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. Bree will participate in Global Majority's Jordan Program "Promoting Peace Through Dialogue" held in Amman, Jordan this summer. She will also be a participant in American University's Summer Peacebuilding Institute: "Youth, Conflict and Peacebuilding."
Leslie Gabrielson graduated in May 2004 from the University of Southern California with a double major in political science and public relations. During the course of her studies she became interested in conflict resolution, particularly the way women can be instrumental in the peace-making and peace-keeping processes. During her internship, she is focusing on gender and peace and working on the first conference on UN Resolution 1325, the official inclusion of women in the peace process. She hopes to attend law school in the future and work in the area of gender law.
Joanna Haszek, a native of Poland, is a graduate in International Relations from the Poznan University of Economics, Poland. While at school, she was a part of the student organization Corpus Mundi, and has worked on two projects on social change: Nepal & India in 1998, and Zambia & Malawi in 2000. Visiting different cultures inspired her to focus more on human rights issues and conflict resolution. She lived for a year in Germany studying German language, history, political science and journalism. Currently she is interning at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace & Justice, and hopes to work with different ethnic groups in post-conflict situations, with particular interest on Africa.
Amy Super graduated Fall 2003 from UC Berkeley with an interdisciplinary major in Contemporary International Relations. During her studies at Cal, Amy focused on Peace and Conflict Studies, and wrote her senior thesis on Humanitarian Intervention in the Rwandan Genocide. She spent a semester abroad in Paris where she studied the European Union and French politics and society and has also traveled to Israel on a fellowship to do community service projects and study the various communities living there together. She became familiar with the intricacies of international law while interning at Earthjustice International, an international environmental law firm in Oakland, California and honed her interest in public policy working for the Disability Compliance program for the City of Berkeley government. Amy plans to pursue a master's degree in International Affairs with a focus on African Studies.
Jeff Achen graduated from the University of North Dakota with his Masters in Communication in May 2005. Today he is the editor of Thisweek Apple Valley, a weekly newspaper serving a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul in Minnesota. He also continues his efforts to contribute to peace and justice in the academic field having presented a paper entitled "News Frames in Conflict: A Case Study of News Framing During Nepal's Maoist Insurgency" at the War, Media and Conflict conference at Marquette University in April 2007. Jeff and his wife Jennifer are also expecting their first baby, a girl, in September 2007.
Jared Leiderman graduated from Swarthmore College with High Honors in May 2005, where he majored in Religion and minored in Peace & Conflict Studies and English Literature. After working for economic development in central Ohio, Jared was awarded an Insight Fellowship to apply negotiation, effective communication, and conflict management techniques in a series of international placements. He focused on communication with senior mediators at the International Criminal Court in The Hague; on developing effective structures for reconciliation in northern Uganda; and on enhancing civil society through conflict management techniques in Jordan. In Fall 2007, Jared will pursue a Master of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was awarded a Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship.
Natasha Mikha, after completing her B.A. in Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in May 2006, enrolled at the American University in Washington D.C. where she is currently pursuing a joint J.D./M.A. in Arabic. She has studied abroad at the American University in Cairo, and will be taking summer courses in international law in The Hague, Netherlands, through the T.M.C. Asser Institute; the courses are International Criminal Law and International Approaches to Terrorism. Natasha is also a Research Associate for the Public International Law and Policy Group, a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states involved in conflicts.
Nicole Thompson recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Spanish Literature. She spent two weeks in Oaxaca, Mexico after the IPJ internship, and is currently interning at the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C.; She is working with the Political Party Development office to research and develop programs that strengthen political parties by improving their financial transparency, public accountability and internal structuring. Through NDI she also works with the Latin America and Caribbean team. She plans to attend graduate school.
Dawoon (Donna) Chung received her M.A. from the University of San Diego's Graduate Program in Peace and Justice Studies in summer 2004. Subsequently, during the fall of 2004, she was selected to be a Writing Assistant for the Institute for Peace & Justice's Women PeaceMakers Program. Donna worked with Shreen Saroor from Sri Lanka, documenting her peacemaking story and writing a narrative that will be published with the other women peacemakers' stories. During the summer of 2005, Donna worked with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Seoul, South Korea, for four months as an External Relations Intern, where she was involved in organizing a series of World Refugee Day events. In the fall of 2005 she began post graduate research in peace studies at Bradford University, in the United Kingdom. Her research theme is the role of civil society in building conflict resolution capacity in politically transitional countries.
Erina Fischer graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a B.A. in International Studies. Erin followed up her internship at the IPJ with an internship at Project Concern International (an international health and development organization in San Diego, California), in order to gain a better understanding of nonprofit relief efforts in the developing world. She is currently applying for graduate studies and hopes to enroll for the fall 2005 semester as a student of international conflict resolution. Her long-term goals include working for a non- governmental organization to address the implications of conflict on women's and children's rights.
Hilary Stauffer graduated from law school at the University of San Diego in May 2005. She received her B.A. from James Madison University with a degree in International Affairs and a minor in Spanish. Throughout law school she has focused on international law and hopes to work for an NGO in Europe upon graduation. In addition to international law, Hilary has also become interested in immigrant, refugee and asylum issues. To that end, she completed an internship with Casa Cornelia, a public interest law firm that focuses on asylum for indigent refugees. She has also interned at the U.S. Immigration Court in San Diego, and currently works for the immigration law firm of Larrabee abd Zimmerman. Since leaving the intern program at the IPJ, Hilary has served as a volunteer for Institute events. In July 2005, she sat for the California Bar exam, and then temporarily relocated back home to the Washington DC area before beginning a six-month internship in Geneva, Switzerland. Hilary will be working for the NGO "International Bridges to Justice," a group dedicated to helping establish Legal Aid organizations in China, Cambodia, and Vietnam, based on the principles enumerated in the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.