Meet Our Current Students

Peacebuilders. Social Innovators. Changemakers. Our students come from around the world and a variety of backgrounds, but all 100+ of them have one thing in common: a desire to learn how to shape more peaceful and just societies.

Get to know some of the remarkable individuals who we’re proud to have in our 2020-2021 cohort.

Student Perspectives

Learn about the paths that our students took to get to the Kroc School, and about how their experience here are preparing them to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Nasema ZerakKroc School Student Seeks to Apply Her Learnings and Research Tools to Understand and Manage Conflict in Afghanistan

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By Nasema Zeerak, MS in Conflict Management & Resolution Student

MS in Conflict Management and Resolution student Nasema Zeerak came to the Kroc School with a clear and important goal: to better understand the conflict dynamics, historical events, and factors that have affected her and made her home country of Afghanistan what it is today.

Marjon Saulon

Getting Into the Business of Social Change

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By Marjon Saulon, MA in Social Innovation student

Marjon Saulon, a student in the Master of Arts in Social Innovation program, writes about the goals he hopes to achieve through the program and discusses the passion and drive for leading social change through economic development and education.

Shannon McNamaraWhen My Internship Went Remote, I Went Mobile

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By Shannon McNamara, MA in Peace and Justice Student

Unable to travel due to the pandemic, Shannon McNamara's internship with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland was no longer possible. Turning lemons into lemonade, she hit the road in a van to travel the U.S. while interning with the UN remotely.

An Aspiring Lawyers Route to Influencing Change

Emily Kawahara

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By Emily Kawahara, JD/MAPJ Dual Degree in Law and Peace and Justice

When seeking a graduate program, JD/MAPJ Dual Degree student Emily Kawahara sought an experience that would enable her "to listen, to learn, and to act." She trusted her gut about where and when to go, and it led her to this conclusion: "The Kroc School is the place and the time is now."

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MAPJ Student Isidore

Isidore Niyongabo '13, Alumnus, Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies



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