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

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