Meet Our Current Students

Learn more about some of the students enrolled in our master's degree programs.

MA in Peace and Justice | MA in Social Innovation | MS in Conflict Management and Resolution

MA in Peace and Justice

Kroc School student Minh Mai Minh Mai BA in History, University of California, San Diego; MA in Special Education, California State University, Northridge Minh was born in Vietnam and raised in southern California. After completing her B.A. at UCSD, Minh volunteered in India for a year at a school for children with disabilities, predominantly deaf children. Upon coming back, she became a special education teacher. Minh has been teaching at a high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the past five years, serving students with disabilities from low-income families. Through the Master of Arts in Peace and Justice program, Minh is learning important advocacy and community engagement skills that she plans to use to promote the rights of children with disabilities around the world. You can read the highlights from her internship in Nepal with the Kroc IPJ here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
Kroc School Student Bruno Boniface Bruno Boniface BA in Social and Philosophical Studies, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda Bruno is a Ugandan who spent 10 years as a social worker with various NGOs in Northern Uganda. He is now the Assistant Academic Registrar at the University of the Sacred Heart, Gulu. He enrolled in the Master of Arts in Peace and Justice to develop his expertise in human rights and peacebuilding. As a Kroc student, Bruno has interned at the Alliance for African Assistance in San Diego. After graduating, he plans to establish a new academic program in in Peacebuilding and International Relations at his home institution.

MA in Social Innovation

Kroc School student Alexandra Steinhaus Alexandra Steinhaus BBA in Marketing, University of San Diego After earning her Bachelor's degree from the University of San Diego, Alexandra advanced quickly in a career focused on sales and marketing. In her most recent professional role, she developed programs for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America on behalf of her company. Through this partnership, she found her passion for creating social change in a business environment and decided to return to University of San Diego to pursue her graduate education. With the Master of Arts in Social Innovation program, she wants to gain new skills that will bring increased accountability and better equip her to make a positive impact on the business world. She wants to empower the communities around her and is looking forward to collaborating and innovating with the broader peacebuilding community.
Kroc School student Jacob Mandel Jacob Mandel BA in Political Science, San Francisco State University Jacob is a San Diego native interested in public policy and emerging technology. During his undergraduate studies at San Francisco State University, he held leadership roles in several on-campus clubs and helped organize support for a campaign for the California State Senate. After graduating, he worked with startups in the Bay Area before returning to San Diego to help run political campaigns as a Communications Consultant. Jacob excitedly joined the Master of Arts in Social Innovation program to combine his passions of politics and technology to improve his hometown.

MS in Conflict Management and Resolution

Kroc School student Zoya Sardashti Zoya Sardashti BA in Theatre Arts, Hendrix College; MA Performance & Creative Research, University Of Roehampton Zoya discovered a passion for the theatre from an early age. She earned a BA in Theatre Arts from Hendrix College, which launched her career as an assistant director, dramaturge, and casting associate at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Later, she worked at the Seoul Factory for the Performing Arts in Korea, and then founded Home Soil, a contemporary performance in 2009. Eager to further her education and grow her community, she earned an MA from the University of Roehampton in Performance & Creative Research in 2014 and started a PhD in Philosophy, Art and Social Thought at The European Graduate School in 2015. Now at the Kroc School, she is pursuing her MS in Conflict Management and Resolution with the goal of providing a critical platform for aesthetico-political experiments with and through art, theory and social action. Zoya’s ambition is to bring together artists, thinkers, and other members of precarious backgrounds to imagine and transform conflict.
Kroc School student Nasema Zeerak Nasema Zeerak BS in Business Administration, Minnesota State University Moorhead; MPA, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey Born in Afghanistan, Nasema lived in Pakistan for many years during and after the Taliban regime. Prior to enrolling in the Kroc School, Nasema served as a program associate for the Asia Foundation’s “Let’s Read Asia” program, based in San Francisco. In the spring of 2018, as part of her MPA degree, she joined the United Nations Population Fund in New York where she researched donor intelligence and funding trends for the agency’s strategic consultations. Her current research interests are the Afghan peace process, Afghanistan-Pakistan-India relations, U.S.- South Asia policy, and the Taliban. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution, with a focus on Afghanistan.