Hatim El Fethouni





“I see myself working in the sphere of global development, either to reduce global poverty or working towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.”

Major: Global Development and Peace
State: Morocco

Field of Study
International Political Economy and Development

Why I chose UB Global Development and Peace Program
I chose UB because of the importance of development experts in my home country, which is ranked 132 in the UNDP Human Development Index. After completing the Global Development and Peace program, I hope to be an asset to my country.

What I enjoy most about the program
I have been exposed to a vast amount of theories related to International Development, conflict analysis and resolution, global communications, and economic development that have undoubtedly greatly increased my knowledge base.

On 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.

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.

Education before UB
BA, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco

Experiences before UB
Moroccan Parliament, Civil Servant, Morocco

Current employment
Moroccan House of Councilors, Civil Servant in Division of External Relations, Morocco

Awards and/or major achievements
Dean’s list, Al Akhawayn University
Student Ambassador, Al Akhawayn University

Languages
English, Arabic, French

Gloria Zambon



Alumni

“Through a great internship that gave me experience, I landed a job at West Elm and was hired as a Visual Designer in Westport, CT.”

Major: Fashion Merchandising

I graduated with a Fashion Merchandising major, and due to hands-on class work, I discovered that visual designing was my passion. It allows me to express my creativity in endless ways. Through a great internship that gave me experience, I landed a job at West Elm and was hired as the Visual Designer in Westport, CT.

Gloria Velasquez





“I plan to pursue working towards the eradication of global poverty.”

Major: Global Development and Peace
State: Columbia

Why I chose UB Global Development and Peace Program
I wanted to share my experiences from working with a Colombian Foundation that provided counseling to young people to encourage them to pursue an education. The GLDP program is just the place to provide a forum to convey this knowledge.

What I enjoy most about the program
I am very pleased with the professors, and I appreciate the quality of instruction. In addition, I have learned practical approaches to conflict resolution, while become more engaged with global issues.

On classroom experiences
Classes are multi-cultural, which provides a great opportunity to learn about different cultures from my classmates. I find my fellow students to be knowledgeable and forthcoming.

Plans for after graduation
I will pursue a career in a field where I can apply the knowledge I gained from the GLDP program. I also plan to pursue a doctorate and working towards the eradication of global poverty.

Education before UB
BA, Social Sciences with an emphasis on History, University of Valle, Cali, Colombia

Experiences before UB
Carvajal, Vice President of Development Assistance, Colombia
Yira Castro Foundation, Elementary School Teacher, Cali, Colombia
Invemac LTDA, Assistant to Vice President of Cali, Colombia

Current employment
I am currently a small business owner in Connecticut.

Awards and/or major achievements
I assisted in opening over 1000 small companies in Colombia.

Languages
Spanish, English

Gita Poudel





“I envision myself working with orphan children, and promoting women’s empowerment in developing countries.”

Major: Global Development and Peace
State: Nepal

Field of Study
Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Why I chose UB Global Development and Peace Program
Coming from developing country where I witnessed first-hand the loss of life and conflict, I chose to learn deeply about Global Development and Peace in the hope of putting an end to conflict and saving innocent lives. I thought this is the right place where I might find the answers to how we can create a world with peace by avoiding wars and internal conflicts.

What I enjoy most about the program
I especially enjoy class discussions regarding current issues that are happening all over the world, and the different approaches we can take to end wars and bring peace.

On classroom experiences
I learned so much during my first semester at UB. I am so thankful to my classmates, advisor, and professors who helped me to broaden my knowledge.

Plans for after graduation
I see myself pursuing my doctorate and working for an organization to bring prosperity to others.  I also envision myself working with orphan children, and promoting women’s empowerment in developing countries.

Education before UB
BA, English Language and Literature, Sagarmatha Multiple College, Kathmandu, Nepal
MA, Professional Writing Program , Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea

Experiences before UB
Multicultural Museum , Cultural Teacher, Seoul, South Korea
MWTV, News Anchor, Seoul, South Korea
Nepal Korea Cultural Forum, Executive Committee, Seoul, South Korea

Awards and/or major achievements
Recipient of EGPP(Ewha Global Partnership Program) Scholarship for Masters Program at Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea

Languages
English, Nepali, Hindi, Korean, Tharu

Gerry Whitted





“The IDEAL program has enabled me to attain goals that seemed unreachable and pursue goals I never before dreamed of chasing.”

Major: IDEAL – B.S. in Human Services
State: Bridgeport, CT

The IDEAL program has enabled me to attain goals that seemed unreachable and pursue goals I never before dreamed of chasing. When the admissions counselor interviewed me, I was overwhelmed with her enthusiasm and belief in the IDEAL Program. If you want to get on the pathway of success stop thinking about it and be about it. There are not enough adjectives to use in describing my experiences with IDEAL.

Geri Mezzoni





“I learned a lot about their education systems, the people of Costa Rica, and what life looked like on a day-to-day basis.”

Major: Global Development and Peace

An Amazing Experience

Teaching in Costa Rica was an amazing experience. I felt that I came to appreciate the Costa Rican way of life. I learned a lot about their education systems, the people of Costa Rica, and what life looked like on a day-to-day basis.
I worked in several schools teaching English. Being a 4th grade teacher in Connecticut, I found this a great opportunity to see how school systems work in a different country. The first two weeks I worked in a private school for grades 1, 2, and 3. The second two weeks I worked in the public school for grades 4, 5, and 6. Splitting my time this way painted a vivid picture of how elementary education is viewed in Costa Rica.

A Welcoming Host and Culture

Working in the schools of Costa Rica I met interesting people who helped me get accustomed to the culture. I met new people in the school where I was working and also during my stay with my host mom. Living with a host mom is a wonderful way to experience living someplace new.

My host mom, or as I called her my Mama Tica (Costa Rican mom), welcomed me into her home with open arms. She cooked Costa Rican dishes immersing me into their cuisine and took me around town informing me of the do’s and don’ts. Everyone was extremely helpful, friendly, and honest. Pura Vida is the Costa Rican way of life and after living there for a month I started to find myself living by that same motto.

Georgeann Stewart





“My desire is to be a part of something bigger than just myself.”

Major: Social Sciences

The University of Bridgeport became the school of my choice because I loved the enthusiasm I witnessed on my visits to the school, as well as the great financial aid package and scholarship I received once accepted.

My greatest experience has been the support system I have received from my professors and college advisor. It is amazing to have guidance about my studies, my internships and where I’d like to be upon graduation. My advisor and professor Beth Skott has guided and push me to the point that I am able to complete my bachelors degree in three years instead of four.

Being at the University, living on campus and watching how students came out of their shells, did charity drives, hosted events and represented issues they felt strongly about has enabled me to step out of my own shell, be open minded and not afraid to experience new and different things.

George Rehkamp





“With any opportunity a great responsibility follows.”

Major: Psychology – IDEAL

With any opportunity a great responsibility follows. The opportunity for me was my acceptance into the IDEAL program, a college program that was perfect for me. As a working adult, trying to find time to balance work and social expectations can be difficult. Once I interviewed and learned about the program I was convinced that this was the right choice for me. My focus was now on obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree which I received in the summer of 2012.

With all the information that I learned through the IDEAL program I was able to directly apply it to my work in the human services field. The professors and academic advisors were more than helpful and I felt that I was truly given every opportunity to succeed in this program. My responsibility was to fulfill this opportunity by graduating and carrying the message that anyone can go back to school and succeed, all they need is the opportunity. The IDEAL program can provide you that opportunity.

Gabriella Shep-Lock Marinaccio





“The IDEAL program is exactly what it states: It is IDEAL for all adults with busy lives who want to obtain an undergraduate degree.”

Major: IDEAL – B.S. in General Studies Social Science Concentration
State: Trumbull, CT

The IDEAL program is exactly what it states: It is IDEAL for all adults with busy lives who want to obtain an undergraduate degree. My moment was when I understood all the possibilities IDEAL offers.

All of the IDEAL staff is helpful. The advisors go out of their way for you. The professors encourage their students to learn.

Go to an Information Session. Talk to an admissions counselor and explore the options IDEAL can offer you.

Francisco Eguiguren





“Education becomes a pragmatic and very powerful tool when it goes hand in hand with real work life experience.”

Major: Global Development and Peace

A Career-Focused Education

Education becomes a pragmatic and very powerful tool when it goes hand in hand with real work life experience. Based on this personal career philosophy, I decided to get involved with as many projects, consulting work and internships while I was studying my Master Degree in the College of Public and International Affairs at the University of Bridgeport.
The most relevant experiences that I could proudly share are:

  • the internship with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Brazil,
  • the consulting work with the German Enterprise for Development in Brazil,
  • the internship with the Ecuadorean Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ecuador,
  • the program coordination of the 7th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations with Friendship Ambassadors Foundation in New York City,
  • and finally, the most recent internship and my current full time job with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Stamford, CT.

Career Paths and Opportunities

International relations and global development have different career paths. To put it in perspective, I see three possible roads that a student could take: the Non-Governmental Organization road, the Governmental or Institutional road, and the Private sector and/or corporate road. I was fortunate to have the experience of interning in these three called “roads” or “career paths,” and I decided to stay with the corporate world because of the growing opportunities it could offer for young professionals.

A Successful Career in a Competitive World

From my personal experience, I could say that we live in a very competitive world and although I do not think there is a master key to be successful in International Relations, good advice that I could give to future students is to be actively involved with all the activities and work experiences that can pave the way towards a fulfilling career.