Throughout my time at ADSOE, my mentors worked with me closely to explore interests in policy, advocacy, and refugee education through local and international internships and coursework. My professors kept their offices and lives open, inviting me into their service and research on campus, in the community, and beyond, and supporting me at every step. ADSOE’s local partnerships played an especially meaningful role in my experience as a BS in Education student, allowing for practical learning through field experience and community engagement within strategic, sustainable models of collaboration. A continued interest in social justice, the experiences of communities at the margins, and the value of quality educational opportunities led me to learn more about education in settings of displacement after graduating. Today, I am a graduate student in the International Education Policy program at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), where I work as a graduate assistant at the Refugee REACH Initiative and the Ecological Approaches to Social Emotional Learning Laboratory (EASEL Lab) and as a fellow at the International Rescue Committee through the Saul Zaentz Fellows Program.
Building on an interest I developed as an undergraduate in the integration of psychosocial support into learning contexts to ease displaced students' transitions, since graduating from Barry, I have supported a language induction program for newly arrived migrants and refugees as a Fulbright fellow in Malta, directed a catch-up education program for Syrian children and youth living in Lebanon, and advised refugee youth wellness programs in Greece. These experiences have continued to shape my perspectives and career direction, deepening my interest in designing and implementing strategies that resource young people in contexts of displacement to become leaders. I continue to draw on and cherish my learning and relationships at Barry—that is one thing that will not change.