Fall 2009 Interns
Christina Chen is a senior at the University of California, San Diego, majoring in Political Science, International Relations, and Human Development. She spent a year in an immersion study abroad program in Lyon, France, at the Institute d'Etudes Politiques of the University of Lyon II, where she took courses in subjects such as History of International Relations since 1945; International Violence; Geopolitical History of Taiwan; and Consequences of Globalization. During that time she worked as a private tutor for high school students, and also taught young children, in both cases carrying out her teaching duties in French. She has been active in InterVarsity International Student Ministries, and is proficient in Mandarin as well as French. Christina is from Fremont, California.
Hannah Evans is a senior at the University of San Diego, majoring in Spanish and Sociology with a Peace & Justice minor. She is active in CASA: Students for Fair Trade and Sustainability, where she planned Fair Trade and Sustainability week as an outgrowth of a trip she took with CASA to Chiapas and Mexico City. Hannah also is an Oxfam America CHANGE leader, having participated in a one-week intensive training in leadership and social justice at Oxfam America's Boston headquarters, and as an outcome of that training has undertaken a one-year commitment to work on climate change advocacy at USD. Through USD's Community Service Learning office she is a site coordinator for the Migrant Outreach program, and helps teach English to Spanish-speaking migrants in San Diego. Hannah also volunteers at La Gloria orphanage in Tijuana, and various other locations, through USD's Oscar Romero Center for Faith in Action. Through the Romero Center, she also organized Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Hannah has advanced Spanish-language skills and hails from Twin Falls, Idaho.
Elizabeth Skurdahl is a junior at the University of San Diego, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Peace & Justice and French. She is active in UNA-USA's Student Alliance Program, the Mortar Board Alcalá Chapter, the Ambassador's Club, and the Founder's Club, through which last she volunteers at La Gloria orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. Elizabeth also volunteers at the Southern Sudanese Community Center where she assists immigrants with English as a Second Language as well as math skills, and helps children with their schoolwork. She co-presented a paper on the French and Haitian Revolutions at the World Systems Analysis Conference at USD in April 2009. Elizabeth has advanced French language skills and is studying Arabic. She is from West Linn, Oregon.
Carol-Irene Southworth is a junior at the University of California, San Diego, majoring in International Studies and Sociology, with an Urban Studies and Planning minor. For the past six years she has been a youth leader at the Mosaic Project Outdoor School in Oakland, California, working with fourth and fifth graders at ending segregation and emphasizing conflict resolution, the importance of diversity, and community. She participated in the Women PeaceMakers Conference in 2008, "Crafting Human Security in an Insecure World," and in the UC Student Association Students of Color Conference, also in 2008. Carol-Irene has participated in the Free Speech Coalition at UCSD, building involvement from the UCSD community and advocating with the university administration in favor of free speech. Through the Middle East Cooperation Initiative, she has served as mediator for a panel of Jewish and Muslim students working together to create productive dialogue about conflict in the Middle East. Carol-Irene has advanced French, beginning Spanish and beginning Hungarian language skills. She is from Forestville in Sonoma County, California.