Paola Rengifo ’17, Global Development and Peace, M.A.

Global Development and Peace, M.A.
College of Public and International Affairs
Alumni

A strong and engaging all online programs exists in Bridgeport’s M.A. in Global Development and Peace. I started my online graduate studies in Sao Paulo, Brazil and finished in Washington, D.C.  I highly recommend this Master’s program. Classes are challenging and professors are committed to provide students with the tools they need to succeed in their future careers. Even though I was far from campus, I always felt part of the Bridgeport family and received all the support I needed.

 

Khrystian Pereira ’16, B.A. in International Political Economy & Diplomacy, B.A. in Religion & Politics



UB has given me the chance to travel to various parts of the world that I thought I never would. I have been able to represent the University of Bridgeport in Model United Nations conferences in major world capitals. I have been able to study abroad both in the Middle East and in East Asia and I’ve also traveled throughout the country as part of the UB Alternative Spring Break team to help various communities.

Despite being a commuter, I am always at UB—I love it here because there is never a dull moment. Because UB is a mixture of people from all over the world and all socio-cultural backgrounds, there is always an opportunity to learn about new cultures without ever having to leave campus.

Volodymyr Kebalo, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“The classes are like one big family to me.”

Where are you from?
Ukraine

What is your field of study?
Culture and Conflict Resolution

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I enjoy having the opportunity to communicate with international students. The GLDP classes are like one big family to me.

What has your classroom experience taught you?
My writing skills have greatly improved, thanks to the many research papers, while I have also had the opportunity to enhance my presentation skills.

What do you hope to do after graduation?
I hope to be working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in my home country of Ukraine, and to ultimately pursue a career in politics.

Fun Facts:

Previous education
BA, International Law, Ivan Franko National University of L’viv, Ukraine

Previous work experience
Intromisiya, Legal intern, Ukraine

Current employment
Office System of Connecticut, Court Interpreter, Connecticut

Languages
Ukrainian, English, Russian, Croatian, German

Stella Kim, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



“I feel that the most amazing aspect of the program is the cultural diversity of the student body.”

Why did you chose UB’s Global Development and Peace Program?
I chose UB because I felt that it was offering me precisely what I was looking for in a global development program. I could see that UB was a place where I could learn both inside and outside the classroom from both professors and students. Also, I had the impression that UB was offering me a unique environment where I would be able to contribute my previous experiences and background.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I feel that the most amazing aspect of the program is the cultural diversity of the student body. There is a never a dull conversation when discussing life experiences and cultural differences with other students. It enhances the academic experience by adding an element of personal growth.

What are your favorite classroom experiences?
Some of the best classroom experiences I had included simulations of real-world situations that allowed students to apply their knowledge in a very concrete way.

Do you have plans for after graduation?
I see myself working in the sphere of global development, either to reduce global poverty or working towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Fun Facts

Education before UB
BA, Psychology, University of Chicago, Chicago

Experiences before UB
Tommy Hilfiger Europe, Womenswear Product Coordinator, Amsterdam
ABN AMRO Bank, Expatriate Transfer Coordinator, Amsterdam

Internship experience
Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Youth Assembly at the UN Logistics & Planning Intern, Greenwich

Current employment
University of Bridgeport, Graduate Assistant

Awards and/or major achievements
African Community Development Network, Inc., Member of Board of Trustees
Graduate Assistantship
Sigma Iota Rho

Languages
English, Korean, French, Dutch

Quan Zhang, M.A. in Global Media and Communication Studies



Alumni

“My views of the world have expanded after entering this program, and I have learned so much regarding global issues.”

Why did you select UB’s Global Media and Communication Studies?
I want to be a journalist that reports on international issues, and UB offers a program that matches well with my career objectives.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
My views of the world have expanded after entering this program, and I have learned so much regarding global issues that I had not previously considered.

Tell us about your classroom experiences:
The academic environment at UB is very good, and the professors are skilled and knowledgeable.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?
I want to be a journalist, maybe for a non-government organization.

Fun Facts

Hometown: China

Education before UB
BA, Linguistics, Communication University of China, Beijing
Experiences before UB
I worked as a copywriter at a design company for a year after receiving my undergraduate degree.

Languages
Chinese, English

Pranaya Rana, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“I couldn’t be more proud representing the University of Bridgeport as well as the Nepalese Army during my Peacekeeping mission in Haiti.”

Haiti Earthquake Recovery Internship

I was given the opportunity to participate as a volunteer Peacekeeper in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Port-au-Prince, Haiti during May-June, 2010 assisting the victims of the disastrous earthquake which devastated that country in January 2010. This opportunity was possible due to a special arrangement from the Nepalese Army Headquarters. I participated in the mission representing the Nepalese Army and it also served as an Internship for my Master’s program.

My Peacekeeping Experience

I was assigned to work with both the Nepalese contingents and also with other Staff Officers in MINUSTAH HQ. The major activities in the mission were as follows: Foot Patrolling, Vehicle Patrolling, VIP Escorting, Installation Security, Food and non-food items distribution, and IDP Camp security.

Apart from my duties within the boundaries of the Mission, I also conducted my own research about the post-earthquake scenario in Port-au-Prince by interviewing the Staff Officers in MINUSTAH HQ, by interviewing locals with the help of translators and some government officials. I also gathered information about the conflict in Haiti and the political instability.

I couldn’t be more proud representing the University of Bridgeport as well as the Nepalese Army during my Peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

Patrico Larriva, M.A. in Global Development and Peace



Alumni

“There is a true connection, a bond between students and professors.”

Why did you choose UB’s Global Development and Peace Program?
I chose this program because of my career objectives to one-day work for either the government or a NGO. I knew it would prepare me well for my future to help solve real world issues.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I truly enjoy the cultural diversity and the respect that I see between students of varied backgrounds. There is a true connection, a bond between students and professors.

What have you learned from your classroom experiences?
I have experienced so much personal growth at many different levels thanks to the experiences that I have had in the classroom.

Do you have plans following graduation?
I see myself working for the government back in my home country of Ecuador, or perhaps working for an international organization.

Fun Facts

Home country: Ecuador

Education before UB
BA, Economics with minor in Business Management Administration, Southern Connecticut State University, Connecticut

Internship experience
Princess Sumaya University, Amman, Jordan

Current employment
University of Bridgeport, Graduate Assistant

Awards and/or major achievements
Pontificia Universidad Católica, Member of School Board, Ecuador
Model UN, Member of Delegation from University of Bridgeport, New York

Languages
Spanish, English

Min Liu, M.A. in Global Development and Peace, B.A. in Mass Communication



“I have not only learned from my professors, but I have also learned much from my fellow classmates.”

Why did you choose UB’s Global Development and Peace program?
After receiving my BA from University of Bridgeport, I was introduced to this program by my advisor.  After speaking to GLDP alumni, I was convinced that it was the natural next step for me to take.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
I enjoy the diversity of the student body.  I find my classmates to be engaging and active thinkers.  Also, students are willing to help each other, creating a supportive environment.

How has UB helped you grow?
The classroom experiences are full of challenges, which encourages me to work hard and my knowledge base has grown so much.  Also, I have not only learned from my professors, but I have also learned much from my fellow classmates.

Do you have plans after graduation?
I plan to pursue a teaching position, and I know that my degree from UB will help me to fulfill this goal back in my home country.

Fun Facts

Previous Education 
B.A., Mass Communication, University of Bridgeport, Connecticut

Employment Experience
University of Bridgeport, English Language Institute, Office Assistant, Bridgeport, Connecticut
AHEC Connecticut Collegiate Health Service Corps, Volunteer, Connecticut
Beijing Quishi Vocational School, International Office and Training Department, China
Chaoyang District of Beijing, Marketing Intern, China

Awards and/or major achievements
Academic Merit Scholarship Recipient
Fellowship, Lambda Pi Eta

Languages
Chinese, Japanese, English

Megan Ey, B.S. in Mass Communications and B.S. in Martial Arts Studies



Alumni

“During the time that I’ve been at UB I’ve learned so much, not even just academically, but about myself.”

Looking for colleges was extremely important to my parents and myself when I was still in high school. Throughout my four years I was constantly looking at universities around the Northeast in search for a place I could call “home”, and after taking campus tours of UB five times, I fell in love. Looking at the faces of UB students around campus and touring with different Student Ambassadors left me starstruck and sure that I was going to go to the University of Bridgeport. Everyone I saw had a smile on their face and a warmth to them that I couldn’t explain until I was accepted and ready to go into my first year of college.

During the time that I’ve been at UB I’ve learned so much, not even just academically, but about myself. I have become an individual and my opinions do matter. In the Martial Arts Studies program I learned about Eastern Asia and how to cultivate myself both mentally and physically – a perfect balance of both – and I did better academically than I did when I was in high school. And even now, I know that adding the Mass Communications to my studies will make me a more well rounded person, while also making me a competitive candidate in the work force. But it wasn’t just academics that made me into the person I am today. Being a member of the Taekwondo Club and team, the Student Programming Board and Student Government Association has brought me to an entirely new level of understanding. The same could be said about the places I work on campus. I am now an Orientation Leader, Residential Assistant, and a Purple Knight Society Student Ambassador, all of which influenced me positively and made me love my university.

In short? I AM a Purple Knight.

Kareem Freckleton, B.S. in Criminal Justice and Human Security



Alumni

“The hands-on experience the university provides gives us a chance to enhance our experience in the community and in our future endeavors.”

The University of Bridgeport has opened many doors as well as allowed me the opportunity to experience different cultures. I chose the University of Bridgeport because I was enticed by the strong martial arts and criminal justice programs. In addition, I wanted the comfort of being close to my New York City home. Currently, I am majoring in Criminal Justice and Human Security with a minor in Sociology.

Since my matriculation, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Mexico as well as Korea. Habitat for Humanity was a community service based project aimed at engaging civic-minded students in engaging in community oriented work. My assignment was located in New Mexico. While there, we assembled a house in Tularosa. Korea was another once in a lifetime opportunity given to me based on my Tae Kwon Do skills. I, along with my other teammates, each won medals in our varying divisions.

The University of Bridgeport is constantly facilitating timeless opportunities for its students. The hands-on experience the university provides gives us a chance to enhance our experience in the community and in our future endeavors. Through these experiences, I’ve been able to grow mentally and physically. I’ve adapted to and learned to accept other cultures and values different from my own. The University of Bridgeport has a unique setting that is continuing to build a pathway of success for all students.